New London Bridge Tesco arriving soon?

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Monday 14 November 2005 2.52pm
Noticed that the old Citibank office, opposite the London 'Grungeon' has now been boarded up, and the boards painted with the distinctive white, red and blue - somewhat like a Tesco logo.

My hunch is that this is to become a Tesco Metro. Can anyone verify my detective work?

Robert





Edited 1 times. Last edit at 14 November 2005 2.54pm by robbiekid.
Monday 14 November 2005 3.13pm
No, but I thought exactly the same!

Or it could be another branch of the owners of the Tooley Street branch of Costcutter's ever expanding fried-chicken empire...
Monday 14 November 2005 4.02pm
Is it 47-49 Tooley Street? If so, these premises have planning permission for A3 and A4 use, i.e. cafés and restaurants, and public house, wine-bar or other drinking establishment. So that precludes Tesco.



Tuesday 15 November 2005 8.45am
I noticed those tell tale boards this morning. When did planning permission ever bother Tesco?
Tuesday 15 November 2005 9.03am
I think that Tesco won't need planning permission to change from restaurant to retail use any longer. However, you still require permission to change the other way. This could have some interesting implications for the value to landlords of several sites of restaurant enterprises in SE1 with large ground floor floor areas.

From a circular sent out to clients by the lawyers, Herbert Smith

Changes to the 1987 Use Classes Order

From 21st April 2005, planning permission will be required to change use to a pub, bar, takeaway or night-club. These changes will also have an impact on leases.

In November 2003, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced proposals to amend the 1987 Use Classes Order. Legislation putting these proposals into effect has now been issued in the form of The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005 and The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005. The changes will take effect from 21st April 2005.

The amendments made by the new 2005 Orders are:-

Class A3 ("Food and drink") is restricted to “Restaurants and Cafes”. Class A3 now excludes takeaways, pubs and bars.
Pubs and bars now fall into a new Use Class A4, “Drinking Establishments”.
Takeaways now fall into a new Use Class A5, “Hot Food Takeaways”.
Planning permission will not be required for a change of use from Classes A3, A4 or A5 to Classes A1 ("Shops") or A2 ("Financial and Professional Services"). Planning permission will also not be required for a change of use from Classes A4 or A5 to Class A3. Planning permission will, however, be required to change to Use Classes A4 and A5.
Night-club use has been expressly excluded from the Use Classes Order. This differs slightly from the change announced in November 2003, which proposed that night-clubs would fall into a new Class D3. However, the effect is the same as planning permission is now required for a change of use to or from a night-club.
Internet cafes are re-classified as Class A1 ("Shops").
Retail warehouse clubs (being retail clubs where goods are sold or displayed for sale only to persons who are members of that club) have been expressly excluded from the Use Classes Order and will need planning permission for change of use.
The permitted development rights for motor car showrooms to change to Class A1 use have been removed. Motor car showrooms therefore now need planning permission for change of use.

Wednesday 16 November 2005 11.17pm
I passed the corner of Union Street and Southwark Bridge Road earlier (there's been scaffolding there for months) and for the first time noticed that the 'wooden' panelling shielding the worksite is painted red, white & blue in the same style as the hoarding at Hays Galleria. In all likelihood it's the 'house style' of the construction company.
Friday 18 November 2005 5.15pm
I walked past today and saw a new sign posted "Crispo Interiors" on the outside of the red/white/blue walls.
Thursday 8 December 2005 6.26pm
Paul Wrote:
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> I passed the corner of Union Street and Southwark
> Bridge Road earlier (there's been scaffolding
> there for months) and for the first time noticed
> that the 'wooden' panelling shielding the worksite
> is painted red, white & blue in the same style
> as the hoarding at Hays Galleria. In all
> likelihood it's the 'house style' of the
> construction company.

The former Borough Community Centre? See news story from last year
Crispinteriors have the 3.3mcontract for that fit out as well.

http://www.contractjournal.com/home/Default.asp?type=2&liArticleID=46271&liSectionID=11
Thursday 8 December 2005 11.10pm
James Hatts Wrote:
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> http://www.contractjournal.com/home/Default.asp?ty
> pe=2&liArticleID=48669&liSectionID=4&l
> iDF=1
>
> Editor of the London SE1 website and SE1 Direct
> newsletter

So, it may be a Tesco's afterall! ;-)

As long it isn't yet another 'Fantastic Fried Chicken' type place, I'm not that bothered...
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