Bulldozers knock down former Safeway to make way for housing and new Tesco

By Else Kvist THE bulldozers are pulling down a former supermarket to make way for a controversial housing and retail development in the East End. The former Safeway at Bow s Roman Road Market is being

By Else Kvist

THE bulldozers are pulling down a former supermarket to make way for a controversial housing and retail development in the East End.

The former Safeway at Bow's Roman Road Market is being demolished to make way for tower blocks and a Tesco Metro store.

Five buildings, up to ten storeys high, will house 208 one to two-bedroom flats. The scheme will have 30 parking bays for shoppers and 74 underground spaces for residents, compared with the site's old car park with 140 spaces.

Demolition work is expected to finish in November and building work to begin in January next year.

Meanwhile campaigners are lodging a legal challenge against Tower Hamlets Council over its planning approval, arguing that an environmental assessment of the scheme was not carried out.