Lambeth council last night granted a licence for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket on Tulse Hill.
A planning sub-committee, meeting at Lambeth Town Hall passed the application, despite 148 objections from local residents. The store will be able to sell alcohol between 7am and midnight, seven days per week.
The supermarket is due to open on the site of Carpertright and Topps Tiles stores, at the junction with Brixton Water Lane, later this year.
Read more about the plans for the store here.
Objector David Woods told the Blog that he had expected the licence to be granted because objections were not about the sale of alcohol, but about the impact of a supermarket on the area.
He said: “Objecting to the license was the only formal mechanism left for us to use, and it was still very valuable as it made Sainsbury’s aware of the serious concerns of a large number of residents.
“Sainsbury’s are meeting with Lambeth Highways today to discuss the cost and process for them to address concerns about the crossing, parking and transport. İ remain optimistic that they will go beyond their legal duty and offer to resolve our major concerns.”
Another objection came from Tim Fairhurst of the Josephine Avenue Group (JAG). He said: “It became clear that Sainsbury’s extensive consultation with police to adapt their application, and their subsequent concessions that will be reflected in the licence conditions, were influenced by the volume and substance of residents’ objections. Together with other local groups we will continue to engage with them to get the best outcomes we can.”
Lisa Poyser, from Sainsbury’s, has previously told Brixton Blog the “prominent retail site” will create 100 jobs for local people.
She added: “We will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum during construction and will keep the community informed throughout the works. ”