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New planning application for Tesco site, 130 Kingsland High Street

November 10, 2015

After three rejections of previous planning applications, a new application for a 6-storey building has been made on the site of the Tesco Express on the corner of Kingsland High Street and Sandringham Road.

Like previous applications, this one seems to be trying to pack as much accommodation as possible onto a small site. Like previous ones, it also proposes to get rid of the open space currently occupied by the Tesco car park (which has always been open space – historically this was the churchyard of a church set back from the road) and encroaches up to the pavement, removing space for pedestrians. Like previous applications it will also tower over the neighbouring 4-storey parades of shops in Kingsland High Street. And like previous ones it will be higher than the iconic listed Rio Cinema building diagonally opposite.

The developers’ picture below shows how it will block the open views to the east from John Campbell Road.

morris house view from JC road

This picture seems to have been taken from as low an angle as possible to disguise the height difference between the proposed new building and the Rio Cinema. In fact it will be considerably higher – a good storey and a half taller.

Viewed from Sandringham Road it will be even more dominating, because of the slope of road.

Further details of the proposal can be seen by going to

and searching for planning application number 2015/2882

You can comment on the application online or write to quoting the same application number.

The deadline for applications is November 30th, 2015.

  1. Reblogged this on Shellgrove Residents and commented:
    Multi storey tower blocks are creeping closer….. We have until November 30th to have a say.

  2. John Thornton permalink

    The lovely airy space at this junction, created by the former churchyard (which has never been built on), and which has potential for tree planting and landscaping, is described in Para 5.3 of the developer’s Heritage Statement as follows:

    “At present, the site abruptly breaks up the terraced building line of the Kingsland High Street, creating a disjointed feel at the junction. Despite being much smaller in size than the surrounding buildings, by being set back from the high street and being of inferior quality, the site detracts from the townscape in this location.”

    Abruptly breaks up? Disjointed feel? Detracts from the townscape? wtf? These developers are Philistines!

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