Tesco continue their ongoing march towards world domination with a request for planning permission to expand their ground floor at their largest SE11 store on Kennington Lane. See
11/00263/FUL. You have until 10th March to comment. The site would need a new pedestrian crossing and pick up point, but the expansion would cause the loss of 41 car parking spaces. It's an interesting move because it looks as though they're either presuming that much custom will move online or come from people who live within walking distance of the store... or...?
Well, the other possibility is that they'll expand on the currently empty piece of land opposite their site, and located next to the Beefeater distillery. I can't remember whether they own the land next to the distillery, but I think they might. There's a 1999 planning application that was withdrawn prior to submission, 99/02207/FUL, which shows the street record for Gasholder Place (an original name for a street) with an application submitted by Tesco. I wonder whether there's a possibility they'll decrease the size of the car park, increase the size of the current store and then claim that there isn't enough parking, so look to expand on the empty land on the other side of Gasholder place? It's a heavily residential area so I doubt residents would support additional parking, but if my guesswork is close, it's potentially a clever way of expanding the Tescopoly.
Also, I mentioned a while ago that Tesco have plans to open a new metro store in Kennington Park Business Centre and Caldwell Street (opposite Vassall Road). One local resident asked that I publicise a petition requesting that the Council refuses permission for future expansion. If you don't support the continued expansion, you might want to sign here.
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