A decision on plans to build a new supermarket, car park and more than 400 homes has been deferred to allow developers to address residents’ concerns.

Haringey Borough Council’s planning committee decided topostpone its decision on whether or not to grant permission for proposals affecting the future of the Hornsey Depot, in Hornsey High Street, last night.

The developer St James and Sainsbury’s had put forward an application to build 438 flats, a Sainsbury’s supermarket and an accompanying car park on the 3,250sq ft site.

The move to defer the application was made despite the authority’s planning officers recommendation that the proposal should be given planning permission.

Committee members voted unanimously for deferral after listening to a range of concerns over the plans, which included the height of the proposed buildings and the density of the development.

Residents also complained about the limited play areas for children and the size of the Sainsbury’s store and its impact on local traders.

Despite the concerns, people who live in Hornsey are keen to see the site, which has been unused for more than a decade, finally developed.

Monica Whyte, a councillor for Hornsey, said she welcomed the decision and called on the developer to revise its plans.

She said: “We want to see the right development on Hornsey High Street, which brings benefits to the local community.

“The plans put forward at the meeting were just not good enough.”

A date for the decision has not yet been given.