The sprawling Tesco superstore and car park in Kennington could be replaced with blocks of flats, if approval is given to redevelop the site.

As Tesco themselves admit, with the changes in shopping habits, particularly in urban areas, large supermarkets with a large quantity of parking provision are no longer fit for purpose. The intention, as part of a wider regeneration which could see the neighbouring gasholders also turned into flats, the site of the Tesco store will be redeveloped to replace the car park with flats, and put more flats on top of a rebuilt superstore.

If approved, the site would see around 500 new homes built (35% being “affordable”), and 23,000 sq feet of additional commercial space — in addition to the supermarket.

Construction would see a smaller temporary supermarket built on the car park, while the old store is demolished and replaced with the replacement and blocks of flats, then the rest of the car park would be redeveloped into flats.

A small car park will be retained for mobility access.

There’s a consultation on the plans taking place this week at The Oval cricket ground:

  • Tuesday 8th May, The Pakistan Room, Time: 16:00 – 20:00
  • Wednesday 9th May, The India Room,Time: 16:00 – 20:00

This proposal is also part of the wider redevelopment scheme for the cluster of redundant gasholders that sit beside the cricket ground.

As removing the industrial heritage is these days, fortunately, frowned upon, they are borrowing an idea from the Kings Cross regeneration, and filling one of them with circular blocks of flats.

In total 728 homes are expected to be built on the site, including 250 flats built inside the Grade II listed gasholder No.1

Around the site, the remaining gasholders will be removed, although some signature pieces will be retained on-site, and more conventional blocks of flats constructed around them.

A planning application for that side of the development has been filed with the council.


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  1. J P says:

    Thankfully it looks like someone’s been thinking of the overall effect of the buildings’ massing on the general area and the view to and from silly-mid-off in particular.
    But how long will it last though, given the Oval’s planned increase in capacity to 40000 from two new stands? I wonder if any possible premium for a view of that huge expanse of grass would be refundable.

  2. Andrew Gwilt says:

    Why not rebuild it with a Tesco supermarket on ground floor and new apartments above. Just like other supermarkets that have apartments above the supermarket in built up areas around London and in other major cities in the UK.

  3. Neil says:

    Can’t help but feel that this will replace a fairly well stocked cheap Tesco with an understocked booze/sandwich fest Tesco ‘local’ where all the prices are sky high. Londoner’s get stiffed for so much because they’re forced by supermarkets to shop daily rather than being able to plan.*

    *And lets remember not everyone can benefit from delivery services, some won’t delivery at convenient times and others simply can’t plan their work schedules far enough forward to get the cheap delivery slots.

    • Ian Visits says:

      The planning application shows a large supermarket, not a Metro sized branch.

  4. kenneth peers says:

    very pleased to hear they are retaining the gasometres,as at Kings Cross.In my home town of Birkenhead they’ve just demolished two,most upsetting.

  5. PCYOB says:

    I think the plan for the Gasholder site and Tesco, is the best outcome for the Kennington site.

    However I also feel the steady dismantling of the guide frames of No4 & 5 holders for storage, as well as rollers and other artifacts from the those holder and from the general site like pipes, valves, governors and turbo boosters and plans etc. if they exist. Would be useful to keep for other projects.

    It is important to remember that gasholders are quite unique in their shapes and design.

    Keeping things that explain how they worked and how they played their part in the gas network will be lost over time otherwise.

  6. Isabel says:

    What about the existing neighbourhood? And the Tesco employees left without work?

    • ianvisits says:

      You probably wanted to raise those issues in the public consultation – when it took place a year ago.

  7. jamel says:

    how long to finish ?

  8. Sam Pickard says:

    Do we know broadly when this is expected to be completed, or at least when the Tesco is going to reopen?

  9. Dez says:

    Absolute carnage no respect for any local people or there perception of the world around them that they used to know.. an emotional war waged against the poor a total disregard of human dignity well done london for handing over your dignity and self respect. Bravo…

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