Council to discuss proposals for Tesco supermarket at Clayhall’s Doctor Johnson pub

PUBLISHED: 11:07 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 18:11 17 September 2015

The derelict Doctor Johnson pub in Clayhall

The derelict Doctor Johnson pub in Clayhall


Proposals to build a Tesco supermarket on the site of a derelict former pub are to be discussed at a council meeting.

Redbridge Council’s regulatory committee will make a decision on Monday about the future of the Doctor Johnson pub, in Longwood Gardens, Clayhall, which has been unused since 2010.

The supermarket hopes to build a retail unit on the ground floor, three flats on the first floor and three three-bedroom homes at the rear of the building, fronting Rushden Gardens.

Council documents show 27 people have objected to the plans, but there has also been support from some in the community.

Stacy Ismael, owner of nearby pet business Paw-Fect, previously told the Recorder she thought it was a “fantastic idea”, while Nigar Osmen, who runs beauty salon Ultra-Figure in Longwood Gardens, said she would prefer a new Tesco to the alternative of a community project.

The Doctor Johnson was occupied by squatting group Suspenses Property Guardians (SPG) for six days last year, before the members voluntarily left.

Their co-ordinator – known as “Gee” – previously told the Recorder they wanted the site to be used for community events, following a music concert hosted in the car park.

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