In my opinion if the site within Sydenham was appropriate for a supermarket then perhaps the last two occupants would have been successful?
Whilst planning rules are valid in some cases they are made in general and not for individual locations.(i have experience dealing with Dept of Environment, CPRE, MAFF as well as council planning policy)
I did read through the objections and do not agree that the gas holders represent some enhancement to the area, however, like my comments that is my opinion.
I have been supportive of changes to FH parking facilities to help promote activity and improve the experience. The facilities that will be ncluded in the proposals do not conflict with any individual retailers and may introduce more competitive pricing for foodstuffs.
I believe the traffic problems for the area have more to do with lack of investment in the South Circular and surrounding road's, as well as a general lack of infrastructure for public transport in SE London.
I also disagree that providing an alternative plan is not required, merely objecting without it leaves the decision to be yes or no. Whereas an alternative may gather more support and if the council is to serve its ratepayers then it may achieve a result you support. Status quo is never the answer.