Weston Homes and Tesco have submitted a planning application to redevelop the Tesco store in Goodmayes into a new mixed-use development
The planning application follows months of extensive consultation about the mixed-use development undertaken by Weston Homes with key stakeholders, local interest groups and residents.
Weston Homes consultation has included the Seven Kings Residents’ Association, Goodmayes Residents’ Association, TFL, GLA and Redbridge Council – alongside two community consultation, weekends attended by over 750 people and numerous on-line submissions of interest.
As a result of this full consultation, Weston Homes has made various amendments to their initial plans and will also hold another Community Consultation Weekend over 29 and 30 November 2019 in order to share with stakeholders and the public how the designs have evolved based on local feedback.
The mixed-use development will provide a series of striking contemporary buildings set in landscaped grounds, a new 3-form primary school and school playground space, residential amenity space and landscaped roofscape, complete with tree-lined pedestrian walkways and public open areas.
Under the submitted proposals, the development will provide 1,280 new homes – rather than the 1,400 initially reported – with the heights of the various buildings reduced and the design of the main landmark tower revised in order to make it more slender, thereby reducing the visual impact.
Of the new homes within the development, 414 will be affordable (35% based on habitable rooms), providing local people with a combination of social rented, shared ownership and discounted market sale homes; of which a large number (27%) are three-bedroom family dwellings.
In response to local requests, the new mixed-use development will provide a community-led village hall, and Weston Homes plan to work with Goodmayes Residents’ Association regarding the management of the building.
After public consultation, Weston Homes have reduced the car parking provision for new residents from 30% to 25% (percentage of homes with a parking bay) whilst also reducing the Tesco car park by a further 30 spaces.
To encourage cycling and public transport, the new scheme will have approximately 2,500 cycle bays and there will be publically accessible pedestrian pathways through the development.
The new mixed-use development proposals will also allow for highway improvement works in the High Road.
The proposals include the provision of a new 3-form primary school and new local employment space through the provision of commercial space and cafes.
The new Tesco will be equivalent in size to the current store and will be built in the current car park whilst the existing store remains open with a temporary car parking arrangement.