Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

Hundreds of residents joined a campaign opposing plans to build a Tesco just half a mile away from the chain’s flagship Brookfield Centre store. Tesco wants to convert the former Zenz House Chinese restaurant in Flamstead End Road into a Tesco Express.

The campaign group Every Little Hurts claims 201 people have put pen to paper to oppose the convenience store, which would stand a stone’s throw from the 65,000 sq ft (6,039 sq m) Tesco Extra at Brookfield.
The restaurant has been disused for months, but campaigners have cited traffic concerns in adjoining Brookfield Lane and a lack of parking spaces as reasons to reject the latest proposals.

A spokesman for the group said: “In 2013 the council declined this application on the grounds that ‘the traffic generated would put pressure on an already busy road junction’ and it would cause significant disruption to residents.

United Kingdom
51° 41' 42.4752" N, 0° 2' 8.5416" W
Hertfordshire GB

Campaign Updates
Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

1 August 2014
Extension plans approved

Councillors expressed concern over the effect of the development on traffic, but Hertfordshire County Council raised no concerns regarding highways.

27 June 2014
Tesco plans delayed again

Plans for an extension to the disused former Zenz restaurant in Flamstead End Road have been deferred by Broxbourne Councillor's planning committee for a second time as they asked for more information from Hertfordshire Highways. Applications for other minor alterations to the building have already been granted, and no change of use is required.

6 June 2014
Morrisons to openstore in former Victoria Pub

The chain revealed that it hopes to open the store in November and although planning permission is not required for the key change of use from pub to supermarket, minor alterations to the building are expected to require permission from Broxbourne Council.


13 May 2014
Broxbourne Council defer decision on extension

The plan for an extension to the former Zenz restaurant in Flamstead End Road is the seventh and final planning application required to make all the necessary alterations to turn the building into a Tesco Express convenience store. But Broxbourne Council's planning committee voted to defer the application until plans to replace the roundabout with a traffic -light controlled junction were confirmed.