Tesco have submitted a planning application to open a supermarket at 493-497 Garratt Lane, SW18 4SW. You can view the full application here.
Today is the deadline for submitting your objections, and so if you would like to join Sadiq in objecting to the plans you can submit your comments online here. You can also view a copy of Sadiq's objection below - and feel free to use Sadiq's wording.
Dear Ben Eley,
Re: Application number 2014/5313 493-497 Garratt Lane, SW18 4SW
On behalf of local Earlsfield constituents who have contacted me, I would like to formally object to the above application.
Local residents are concerned that the proposed planning application to open a Tesco Supermarket in Earlsfield, would not be in keeping with the area and would have a detrimental impact on the locality; in terms of increasing traffic levels and the recent regeneration of the area.
The concerns my constituents have raised with me fall into the following areas:
• Traffic is already a serious problem in this part of Garratt Lane. There are a number of large junctions in the area, including a narrow passing under the railway bridge, which regularly cause traffic to build up, especially at peak times. Should this planning application be approved, there is no doubt that traffic in the area would increase and local residents feel that Garratt Lane would unable to cope.
• There are also real concerns with the additional problems large delivery vehicles would create. It is likely that the supermarket would require several deliveries a day, which, without suitable parking space, would mean delivery vans parking on Garratt Lane and making traffic even greater and more dangerous.
• Local residents tell me that the pavement is particularly narrow in this area and they are concerned that increased footfall, as a result of a new supermarket opening, would be extremely dangerous. There are concerns that people would be forced to walk on the road, which as stated above, is already congested and dangerous.
• Garratt Lane is a major cycle route in South London and is already dangerous as it does not have a designated area for cyclists. There was a serious incident under the railway bridge here some months ago, involving a cyclist and a HGV. Should this planning application be approved, it would create further dangers for cyclists travelling along this route.
• Even though the above named address does not fall within the Magdalen Park Conservation Area, it is only a short distance from the boundary of the conservation area and this should be taken into consideration when considering the planning application. Local residents tell me that they do not feel that the proposed shop front is in keeping with the area and this is something which the committee must consider.
• There are already two Tesco Supermarkets in very close proximity to this proposed site, on the very same road; 190-194 Garratt Lane and 646 Garratt Lane. Local residents tell me that they feel there are already enough Tesco’s in the area and they do not want to see anymore. There is also a Sainsbury’s Supermarket just around the corner, at 282 Magdalen Road, which recently expanded. If yet another supermarket was given permission to open in such close proximity, local residents feel that this would result in a complete oversaturation in the area. They already have enough supermarket chains nearby, and do not want or need another.
• Over recent years the local community has seen Earlsfield transform; with new restaurants, pubs, bars and shops opening up and huge improvements in those establishments already in the area. Local residents tell me that they are very happy with the ‘village feel’ they have acquired and are worried that should this planning application be approved not only would it fail to compliment the other businesses in the area , but it would be detrimental to the recent regeneration.
• Local residents also tell me that they are proud that Earlsfield’s regeneration has been led by independent, local businesses. The community would like to see the council showing their support for this achievement and for independent business owners, rather than allowing yet another chain supermarket to open their doors.
I have read the objections already submitted by my constituents, which demonstrate the strength of feeling against this application. I would urge you to take these into consideration and refuse planning permission on this occasion.
Sadiq Khan MP