Bromley-by-Bow scheme to replace current store with one double its size has gained planning permission, despite having been blasted by Cabe

A Tesco mixed-use development near the London Olympic site was granted planning permission last night, despite having been blasted by Cabe.

The Bromley-by-Bow scheme will involve the replacement of a current Tesco supermarket with a new one double its size, as well as a hotel, 403 residential units, a library and 18 shops, all designed by architect ColladoCollins. There will also be a school and a riverside park.

The scheme has caused much controversy however, as it represents the start of Tesco’s plans to build communities across the country, which will be centred around the supermarket chain’s stores. When Cabe reviewed the scheme in February it said priority was given to the store rather than to creating a successful neighbourhood.

A Cabe review document said: “For instance, a residential tower is positioned right next to the heavily trafficked A12 where noise and air quality are at their worst, and views are dominated by the road and roofs of the store and petrol station. Although a primary school is provided, it is tacked on to the delivery yard at the end of the store and acce crosses a busy car park and service yard entrance.”

The entire project is due to start in December and finish in time for the 2012 Olympics.