Tesco is building a new “supermarket suburb” next to the Olympics site. The developers claim it will house hundreds of families but only 76 homes will be created for social rent. The development will have its own high street, park, Idea Store and primary school. There will be a 90-bed budget hotel on the site and Tesco will also create a local park on the bank of the river Lea, and a plaza area for residents.
CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) commented in a recent report:-
“Regrettably, this scheme lacks a clear masterplan idea to inform the location and character of the different elements; as currently proposed, they do not work well together to create a convincing new district centre and residential community” Read more here.
The architect made changes after Cabe complained back in February that the scheme had an “incoherent” layout and residents would look out on gridlocked traffic. Tesco has accused Cabe of ignoring local residents after the design watchdog savaged its plans for a development in east London for a second time in three months.
In its latest review, Cabe again highlighted a string of failures — from traffic problems to the supermarket’s size.
“Whilst we maintain our support for the redevelopment of this site to provide a new district centre for Bromley-by-Bow, given the shortcomings of the current proposal we think that it should not be approved in its current form”. (CABE report here)
The £62-billion-turnover supermarket giant said it would press on and that Cabe was out of touch. The planning application PA/09/02574 was passed on 21st July