The retailer has been working with Barton Finch on plans for a Fulham High Street store for some considerable time. The latest incarnation of the scheme, designed by Collado Collins, provided more than 37,000 sq ft of retail space, around 60 flats, parking and a ‘rooftop meadow' at nos 70a, and 84-90b Fulham High Street (site pictured above).
LBHF's planning committee gave nine reasons for refusal, including the negative impact it would have on traffic. There were also concerns that the development was too big for the area and would have a negative affect on nearby shops.
The plans were also refused on the grounds that the site is archaeologically significant. Part of the moat that once surrounded Fulham Palace, thought to date back to medieval times, would have been destroyed to make way for the car park.
James Wiggam, Corporate Affairs Manager for Tesco, told lookwest: “We are disappointed with the decision. We have spent over four years working alongside Barton Finch on the scheme and have made substantial changes to the plans in response to consultation feedback. The site on Fulham High Street is currently derelict and unattractive. The plans would have brought much-needed investment to this part of the street and generated around 200 new jobs. We will be reviewing the decision notice before considering our options.”
The plans had attracted a reasonable level of local support, documented in previous lookwest coverage.