Tesco Development on the A24 opposite Clapham South Tube

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


In April 2003 there was an exchange of correspondence between TfL and Clapham South Neighbourhood Assn. Since that time the residents have not been briefed on the progress of the highway aspects of the scheme being discussed between TfL and Tesco's consultants.

As you may be aware the whole development is the subject of considerable and long standing conflict between the community and Tescos. However, at this stage the residents are concerned with the traffic impact of the scheme which is going ahead, and that the design of the access to the store and adjacent junctions should function with maximum safety. The residents' concerns were sent to TfL earlier in detail.

It would be of enormous benefit to the community to know that TfL are working to make the best of a very bad situation in relation to this development; and for TfL colleagues to brief the residents about the negotiation. They need to know what is being planned in the road layout, access and junction design and how this will protect the public interest and minimise risk to pedestrians and drivers near this development.

Will you agree that TfL Officers should meet with residents to discuss their concerns ? .


Answer for Tesco Development on the A24 opposite Clapham South Tube

Answer for Tesco Development on the A24 opposite Clapham South Tube

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

TfL officers have already made arrangements to meet representatives of the local community to explain the proposal.Early in 2000 Lambeth, as the Planning Authority, refused an application for this site. The applicant appealed and an inquiry was held. The Secretary of State subsequently issued his decision to approve the application. On 3 July 2000, TfL became the Highway Authority for the A24 and informed Lambeth as the Planning Authority that they were to agree the details of any changes to the highway arising from the approved scheme. Since March 2003 a series of meetings have been held with the developer to ensure that the best highway layout for the approved scheme is achieved, particularly in terms of safety for all road users, including pedestrians. Many amendments have been achieved and the scheme is now agreed in principle, with further detailed design to be undertaken before construction, anticipated later this year. .