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Goodmayes Tesco to be replaced with 14 tower blocks as plans approved

Solar panels will be used to power the buildings (Credit: Weston Homes)

Plans to redevelop a Tesco store and car park in Goodmayes have been approved by Redbridge Council. 

Weston Homes’s proposal to transform the site into Lorimer Village was agreed by eight votes to three at a Planning Committee meeting last night. 

It is after roughly 3,000 residents opposed the scheme and raised concerns about overcrowding and air pollution in High Road and the surrounding area. 

The Reclaim Redbridge Group are also planning to legally challenge the decision to approve the proposals “on various social, environmental as well as public health and safety grounds”.

An artist’s impression of the new primary school (Credit: Weston Homes)

Lorimer Village will come with 1,280 new homes, a replacement Tesco store, and a new three-form primary school. There are also plans for other shops, a village hall and a community hub. 

The housing is going to be spread out across 14 tower blocks which will be between 10 and 22 storeys high. Around 35 per cent of the units will be used to provide affordable housing. 

The community hub is going to have lounge areas, a coffee bar and meeting rooms while the village hall has been designed in collaboration with Goodmayes Residents Association. 

There will be 420 parking spaces at lower ground level for the replacement Tesco store and 220 spaces for residential use.

The site will be next to Goodmayes station (Credit: Weston Homes)

All of the buildings are going to be designed around a new civic square and four large landscaped courtyards that are linked to Goodmayes railway station. 

Along High Road there will be a new bus lane, widened pavements, and a new pedestrian crossing into the adjacent Barley Lane Park. 

More than 2,500 on-site cycle bays are going to be provided to encourage people to use greener methods of transportation. 

Lorimer Village is named after historic local landowner Jocelyn Lorimer and Arts & Crafts architect Robert Lorimer who pioneered the building of ‘green suburbs’. 

All of the tower blocks will have biodiverse and brown roofs meaning the housing and commercial facilities will be completely powered by electricity that has been generated using solar panels. 

A central area of the new village (Credit: Weston Homes)

Tesco wants to continue trading as the site is redeveloped and so a replacement store will be built in the current car park. It will open as soon as the old store is shut and demolished. 

Weston Homes expect the £0.5 billion project will take eight years to complete and work will begin in 2022. 

Bob Weston, Chairman & Chief Executive of Weston Homes says: “Weston Homes is delighted to have gained a resolution to grant planning for Lorimer Village, which will be delivering with our partner Tesco.

“Lorimer Village is one of several projects where Weston Homes is partnering with Tesco, regenerating unused land for new mixed tenure housing and employment generating commercial space.

“There is an urgent need to provide more low-cost housing for Londoners so collaborations like this between major retailers and housebuilders makes an important contribution.” 

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