Weston Homes and Tesco are preparing plans to redevelop the Tesco store and car park in High Road, Goodmayes into a new mixed use development including 1,400 new homes – whilst retaining a Tesco store on site.
The partners are currently in pre-application discussions with Redbridge Council and intend to submit a planning application this spring. The project would see the Tesco site redeveloped with homes, a new primary school, employment space and public realm as well as a new store.
The old Tesco store would continue trading while the new homes and store are built in the car park before being demolished and incorporated into the scheme. The aim is to create an entire new community on the site, including 35% affordable housing.
The idea of converting redundant space above shops into residential is nothing new. This is something similar – but literally on a mega scale. Given that there seems to be plenty of surplus retail space around at the moment it could be something that developers will pursue further going forward. The planned Sainsbury’s-Asda merger could be interesting in this regard too.