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Tesco and BDP have another go with huge Surrey development - image

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Supermarket giant Tesco and its architect BDP have been forced to radically redesign a massive new mixed-use scheme proposed for Tolworth in Surrey.

Britain's biggest retailer and one of Britain's biggest practices revealed a proposed scheme for the site last year but following consultation with planning officers and locals, the proposals have now been completely overhauled.

The vast project, which has now been lodged for planning this week, will be made up of an anchor superstore, a large residential development and a series of 'community facilities' if it wins the green light.

Original proposals included 835 homes in buildings of up to 12 storeys. This entire residential element has now been redesigned, with the number of units cut to 662 and the heights reduced to 10 storeys.

Tesco remains confident of winning the go-ahead for the scheme, which has faced heavy local opposition.

The huge retailer points to the environmental credentials, which include the innovative recycling of the heat generated in the supermarket's refrigeration units to warm the new homes.

And a spokesman also tried to play down the recent design rethink.

'The plans last year were very early proposals,' he said. 'This is simply the evolution of these designs.'

by Ed Dorrell

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