Tesco is planning its biggest-ever mixed use development at a site in London that will create an entire community with 835 flats and be the biggest sustainable development of its kind in the country.
The brownfield development in Tolworth, which will cost Tesco more than £100m, will include a 60,000 sq ft supermarket and a further 7,800 sq ft of additional retail and community space.
Tesco is incorporating a multimillion-pound bridge, which will feature a walkway and travelators linking the four hectare site with the rest of the town centre.
Corporate affairs manager Katherine Edwards said the amount of carbon dioxide produced by the site would be 50% less than from similar developments. Rain water would be recycled for toilets, saving 40% of all domestic water use.
Other green elements include solar panels, the recycling of heat from refrigeration units in stores, and turning organic waste into bio-gas to heat and power the flats.
The plan eclipses Tesco’s previous biggest mixed-use proposal - a £94m plan for Dartford with 490 flats and a 110,000 sq ft supermarket.
Tesco’s plan, which has been designed by architects BDP in conjunction with planning consultants Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Baker, is likely to go before council officials in the next month.
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Rachel Barnes

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