Tesco Town – Bromley-by-Bow

Planned Tesco development at Bromley-by-Bow (Ariel view 1)

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

Planned Tesco development at Bromley-by-Bow (Ariel view 2)

Planned Tesco development at Bromley-by-Bow (Ariel view 3)

Planned Tesco development at Bromley-by-Bow (street view)

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View Comments (8)

  • Presently the Tesco scheme seems unlikely to go ahead in its present form as in 2011, following a Compulsory Purchase Order inquiry the previous year, the Secretary of State resolved not to confirm the C.P.O.

    Tesco Stores Ltd. have been unable to acquire the land through negotiation.

    • Hi,

      Will Tesco try to reattempt to acquire the land?
      Is it due to the scheme that Tesco is not able to acquire the land? Will Tesco revise the design / scheme?
      The area needs to be redeveloped and something like what Tesco is proposing would make the place an even nicer place to live.

      Thank you

  • Hi,
    I am particularly interested in the development process of a Tesco Park at The Olympic site.
    No information seems o be available.

  • Thank you so much
    We do need a superstore near us.
    I was so dissapointed that we did not have a superstore in Westfields Stratford!
    I cannot thank you enough I had to go all the way to Becton but thanks to you I will have a fabulous Superstore nearby.
    Looking forward to it.