A planned Ocado delivery hub in north London has been blocked by local authorities, after a campaign by local residents raised concerns about potential pollution.
Islington Council revoked the certificate held by Ocado’s landlord Telereal Trillium.
Local residents had complained about the site’s proximity to a local school and the resultant risk of air pollution.
Earlier this year Ocado responded by pledging an all-electric approach to a new distribution centre in London, using 100% electric vans from the outset of its Islington hub opening. The company worked with UK Power Networks to ensure it could supply sufficient power to charge the vehicles.
An Ocado spokesperson said: “Ocado is committed to being the best possible occupant of the site at Tufnell Park. Our plans ensure it will be one of the greenest and quietest grocery facilities in the UK but we will continue to listen and respond to any concerns.
“At a time when delivering groceries to the home has never mattered more, we are disappointed by the Council’s decision to revoke the site’s certificate of lawfulness and we are considering all options with the landlord.”
London introduced its ultra low emission zone in April 2019, followed by a raft of measures to support electric vehicles in June.