Approved Morrisons development 'ugly and overbearing'

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: An artists impression of the development. An artists impression of the development.

An approved plan for a 34-metre high development including a Morrisons supermarket and 250 flats has been slammed by a councillor who voted against the proposal.

The council’s planning committee last night gave the green light to the scheme, which would see one of the largest city centre Morrisons built in South Grove, Walthamstow.

Labour councillors Peter Barnett, Karen Bellamy and Jenny Gray voted in favour, as well as Liberal Democrat councillor Elizabeth Phillips, while Conservative councillors Jemma Hemsted and Alan Siggers voted against.

Residents living nearby had previously spoken out against the proposal, saying it was inappropriate for the location and would take customers away from struggling nearby traders.

Following the approval, councillor Hemsted said: “Whilst we would agree that this site needs regeneration it needs to be done in the right way so as not to impose misery on the existing and future residents."

She described the design as "ugly and overbearing"  and raised concerns that no environmental impact assessment had taken place.

She also said no safeguards exist relating to Morrisons’ claim that local people would be employed at the supermarket and she feared it would have a negative impact on nearby businesses and the market. 

The supermarket giant said the development will create 450 jobs and that typically it employs 75 per cent of staff from local communities.

The council are expected to issue a statement later today.

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3:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

markhouse24 says...

hi, this is incorrect!
Barnett did not need the deciding vote as Elizabeth Phillips also voted for it.
It was 4-2 for the development.
hi, this is incorrect! Barnett did not need the deciding vote as Elizabeth Phillips also voted for it. It was 4-2 for the development. markhouse24

4:08pm Wed 4 Dec 13

markhouse24 says...

thanks for correcting
thanks for correcting markhouse24

4:40pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

Actually looks better than what is there now but will British unemployable get the jobs? It would be good if they get a preference.
Actually looks better than what is there now but will British unemployable get the jobs? It would be good if they get a preference. Billy Yerache

5:37pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Billy Yerache wrote:
Actually looks better than what is there now but will British unemployable get the jobs? It would be good if they get a preference.
Just because an artist's idealistic impression looks better than a set of derelict buildings and an empty car park doesn't mean we should welcome the planned development - the over-development.

Our councillors could have done a lot better for the people of Walthamstow if they only had vision and common sense.
[quote][p][bold]Billy Yerache[/bold] wrote: Actually looks better than what is there now but will British unemployable get the jobs? It would be good if they get a preference.[/p][/quote]Just because an artist's idealistic impression looks better than a set of derelict buildings and an empty car park doesn't mean we should welcome the planned development - the over-development. Our councillors could have done a lot better for the people of Walthamstow if they only had vision and common sense. Helen, Walthamstow

5:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

They have not so that is more or less it so it would be best to accept the artists impression as the better of two evils and look to the future of having a nice store in place.

Over development seems to be the norm these days, look at the size of that building replacing the White House Estatevin
Leyton Green Road, unbelievable but a few people will be housed in this return to 60's style housing, this time worse though, less amenity space, small rooms and no parking. Local streets will be further congested.
They have not so that is more or less it so it would be best to accept the artists impression as the better of two evils and look to the future of having a nice store in place. Over development seems to be the norm these days, look at the size of that building replacing the White House Estatevin Leyton Green Road, unbelievable but a few people will be housed in this return to 60's style housing, this time worse though, less amenity space, small rooms and no parking. Local streets will be further congested. Billy Yerache

11:19pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Sam Hain says...

Cllr Hemsted would do well to consider that by far the greater "misery on the existing and furture residents" is that likely to be inflicted on them by her own government's dispicable bedroom tax - sorry, spare room subsidy.
Cllr Hemsted would do well to consider that by far the greater "misery on the existing and furture residents" is that likely to be inflicted on them by her own government's dispicable bedroom tax - sorry, spare room subsidy. Sam Hain

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