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Tesco wants another store on Caledonian Road – with booze license 8am to 11pm

October 26, 2014

Tesco is not a “good neighbour”. Here’s how they routinely store stock trolleys on the street at the Kings Cross branch

Cally Councillors have opposed an alcohol license application made by Tesco for premises at 323-325 Caledonian Road. The retail giant wants to combine two shops on the corner of Lyon Street and Caledonian Road. This would be its third store on Caledonian Road – it already has an outlet at Caledonia Street near Kings Cross and another one opposite the Caledonian Road underground station. The latter is only 350 metres (or 2 bus stops) distance from the corner of Lyon Street.

In its application, Tesco wants to supply alcohol for 15 hours a day 7 days per week trading between 8am and 11pm. However, the company wants to open-up in an area which the Council’s licensing policy has designated as an “area of cumulative impact” more commonly known as a “saturation zone”. The licensing policy says that, in such an area, there is “a rebuttable presumption” that a license application “will normally be refused” and the applicant must demonstrate how a new license “will not add to the cumulative impact”.

The Tesco application makes no mention of the saturation zone or how they might ensure such a new license does not worsen the existing level of excess alcohol retail. It does not even mention the cumulative impact area.

In its preparations to convert the two premises (one of which was previously a solicitors office) Tesco has already tried to get parking restrictions changed so the company can unload deliveries on the main road. Islington Council has refused to permit this.

Cally Councillors have also challenged the license application because Tesco does not have necessary planning permissions to combine the two premises. In some cases, planning legislation would allow the conversion of a solicitors office into retail use under “permitted development rights” but only if the premises had a display window at ground level. Number 325 has never had such a display window.

Islington also has a policy to oppose the amalgamation of conventionally sized shops into larger units. And the recently adopted “Cally Plan” adds special local weight to this policy.

The operating hours of the previous solicitors office were normal business hours. Tesco wants to trade until at least 11pm every evening 7 days per week. So the company needs a planning permission to operate such hours. It does not have such a planning permission.

Local residents and existing retailers on the Cally Road have expressed their opposition to a Tesco opening-up in this area and have opposed the granting of an alcohol license. Anyone wishing to object to the license can do so by emailing for the attention of John Williams and quoting the reference address 323-325 Caledonian Road.

Cllr Paul Convery comments: “Our high street could do with new investment but Tesco is the kind of store that may put many existing traders out of business. We already have two chain multiple retailers, Co-op and Iceland, catering to a wide range of retail needs and the arrival of Britain’s biggest and most aggressive retailer will not be good. Tesco has a reputation for driving out existing shops and its arrival – along with an 8am to 11pm alcohol license – will damage the Cally. What we really need is great independent retailers with their feet and hearts in our community. Tesco brings sterility and anonymity to the places its shops open-up in.”

The Tesco application can be read by clicking here.An official letter from the Council inviting residents to respond is available here. A copy of Islington’s current Licensing Policy can be read by clicking here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. karmapasbibliographies permalink
    October 26, 2014 5:38 pm

    Thank you for the update, and for opposing the application.

    I should like to add that the Tesco on Cally Road at King’s X could do with some observing by the councillors, and reprimands for their over-use of the pavement areas. I have on numerous times asked them not to block the pavement. As I understand it, your photo shows illegal intrusion onto public area of pavement – this constantly happens, and worse. Also during deliveries, a huge lorry parks on the side road and the trollies left around make it impossible or difficult to pass on the pavement. The Tesco staff seem to be oblivious to the nuisance and hazards they cause on the pavements. I note that they never seem to use the proper delivery door at the rear of the shop. I imagine that a few remarks and observations from the councillors might improve their behaviour. They seem to think the pavement is their area for storage of trolleys and trash (witness your photo). Frequently the trollies are on the public area of the pavement (granted that a certain narrow amount of the pavement is their territory).


    Charles Manson Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:16:36 +0000 To:

  2. IAN PERRY permalink
    October 26, 2014 5:39 pm

    Hi Paul I am not bothered about a Tesco’s opening in Cally Road, though I would have preferred a Sainsbury’s. I am opposed to their having a license to sell alcohol beyond the limits set for the Coop however. As to what the public think, my straw polling seems to indicate that some don’t like Tesco’s coming and others do. cheers Rupert

  3. Amit permalink
    October 26, 2014 11:02 pm

    Hi, the same happens for the North Cally Road Tesco’s. They leave their trolleys and rubbish on the pavement, and their huge delivery vans are a constant nuisance and cause congestion.

  4. April 6, 2015 7:50 am

    I will be annoyed if the council has permitted the license because that will lead to closures to buisness because of there selfless and just show how I was told that now more local stores will be able to open if they do let the plans go through it shows how the council are two face and how somebody is being made by huge multiples in the council to get the job done

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