Morrisons supermarket to open in new Woodford Green development
PUBLISHED: 16:04 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:16 14 August 2013
A Morrisons supermarket is set to open in Woodford Green as part of a new flat development.
The disused 70s office block by the junction of Charteris Road, The Broadway and Snakes Lane West is being demolished to make way for the three-and-a-half storey complex.
Morrisons will take up much of the ground floor and part of the first floor along with having offices, storage and staff areas.
There will also be nine one, two and three bedroom flats on the upper floors.
Redbridge Council’s regulatory committee will consider minor changes to the planning application at a meeting next week but permission has already been granted for the development.
But not all residents are happy at the prospect of another supermarket.
In one objection to the application, a Charteris Road resident wrote: “The Broadway needs to attract nice individual boutique shops…the building could be changed into an arcade of shops with attractive character.”
They added: “We have enough with the recent addition of Sainsbury’s - we do not need five supermarket chains within a 100 yard radius.”
Other small supermarkets nearby include Budgens, in Snakes Lane West, JJ Stores, in The Broadway, and Costcutter, in Snakes Lane East.
Cllr Jim O’Shea said the original application was approved three years ago, before Sainsbury’s opened, and without knowing what business would take up the shop space.
He added: “I’m looking forward to Morrisons coming but I understand some residents thinking we have quite enough supermarkets.”
There will be no customers’ car park for the shop because the nearby council pay and display car park and public transport from Woodford Tube Station and buses are considered “acceptable”.
The new development will also fall into the Woodford Broadway Conservation Area.
A Morrisons spokesman said it was “too early” to say when the supermarket will open.
As part of planning conditions, building work must begin by the end of May next year.
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