Shopowners fear for future as Streatham Hub Tesco set to expand

This is Local London

7:30am Thursday 9th September 2010
By Charlotte Lowe

The owners of Streatham’s small independent shops fear plans to increase the size of a new Tesco superstore will put them out of business.

The supermarket giant submitted an amended planning proposal last month to increase the size of its proposed store, part of the Streatham Hub development, from 40,000 to 60,000sq ft.

A retail impact assessment to gauge the threat to nearby businesses was not submitted with the application, sparking fears among businessowners their livelihoods’ futures were not being taken in to account.

A worker at family-run off-licence Chimes Corner, in Streatham High Road, said it would not renew its lease because of the development.

He said: “Tesco does not care about the impact on local trade…