Initial plans to convert former Standard Music Venue in Walthamstow into supermarket rejected

An initial planning application to turn a former music venue into a supermarket has been rejected for its lack of detail.

Chain TFC bought the Standard Music Venue in Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow, in 2011 with the aim of opening a new branch of its stores.

The firm reportedly said it was willing to consider retaining part of the site for live entertainment, but later claimed Waltham Forest Council had failed to respond to its initial proposals.

But the council hit back and said that TFC had not submitted enough detail for its initial application, which was first registered back in September 2012.

The bid for a 'certificate of proposed lawful use' would have been the first stage in securing permission to redevelop the site, if it had been approved.

But now, nearly four months later, council officers have decided to reject the application on the grounds that it "fails to provide sufficient supporting plans and information to illustrate the proposed area to which the application relates".

It comes after the council told the Guardian in December that it had asked TFC for floor plans, but had not received them.

The Standard, which included an adjacent pub called the The Tryst, hosted live music and comedy gigs for more than 25 years.

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10:35pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Sam Hain says...

Have no lessons been learned from the EMD debacle? Will a CPO have to be considered, belatedly, in this case too?
Have no lessons been learned from the EMD debacle? Will a CPO have to be considered, belatedly, in this case too? Sam Hain

12:15pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Walthamster says...

Sounds like laziness and incompetence on both sides. I don't know TFC, but I'd expect that from the council.

A local campaign by music-lovers might get things going.

Find out who's meant to be dealing with this (on both sides), make contact and if possible build a friendly working relationship. Offer help and advice. Check what's meant to be happening, and remind people of the deadlines.

You also need to know if there is real support for a continued music venue, by local people or others who would use it. It's in a good position right opposite Blackhorse Road tube. You could contact the music press and websites to raise support.
Sounds like laziness and incompetence on both sides. I don't know TFC, but I'd expect that from the council. A local campaign by music-lovers might get things going. Find out who's meant to be dealing with this (on both sides), make contact and if possible build a friendly working relationship. Offer help and advice. Check what's meant to be happening, and remind people of the deadlines. You also need to know if there is real support for a continued music venue, by local people or others who would use it. It's in a good position right opposite Blackhorse Road tube. You could contact the music press and websites to raise support. Walthamster

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