Controversial plans to build 1,500 flats on the New Cross Gate Sainsbury’s car park – TfL’s preferred site for a new tube station as part its planned Bakerloo line extension – will be submitted next month.

The supermarket, which opened in New Cross Road in 1996, wants to redevelop a new store and 1,500 homes across a cluster of towers up to 33-storeys high.

It has suggested vacant land on nearby Goodwood Road could be used to build the station, but a TfL spokesperson confirmed their preferred option is still the car park.

In the scheme, 35 per cent of the flats would be affordable housing.

Chris Porter, Transport Planning Manager at TfL, said: “There has been no change in our preferred option for the proposed new Bakerloo line station which remains the Sainsbury’s car park at New Cross Gate. We will continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders in relation to these proposals. In addition, a further TfL consultation for the Bakerloo Line Extension will start next month.”

This comes as local opposition to the development builds.

Simon Haddock, from the New Cross Gate Action Group, is among those raising objections to the plans.

He said: “Our main objection is that Sainsbury’s are trying to build a complex on land that is earmarked for a huge infrastructure redevelopment that is a really important for the area in the Barkerloo line.”

Other concerns included the height of the scheme and pressure on local services at least 1,500 new residents would bring.

“It’s way too high, [and] we don’t have the schools or the NHS facilities to cope with it,” he said.

Mr Haddock encouraged anyone interested in knowing more to join their Facebook group, NewXActionGroup.

A  Sainsbury’s spokesman said the Goodwood Road as the tube site was “technically feasible”.

The spokesman added: “No final decision has been made about the location of the station. However we fully support the Bakerloo line Extension and the benefits it will bring to the area. We developed proposals for the vacant Goodwood Road land to accommodate the station. TfL has accepted this is technically feasible and would not prevent the line coming to the area.

“These plans have been developed in close consultation with the council and community. We have focused on putting taller buildings away from the high street and conservation area.

“We are also currently in discussion with the Local Education Authority and the NHS so we can better understand how to address any changing demand on services,” he added.

Once submitted, the scheme will go before the council’s strategic planning committee and need approval from City Hall.