Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Epsom, Surrey

In July 2009 Tesco revealed plans for a 45,000 sq ft supermarket, space for smaller shops, 18 apartments and 396 car park spaces on Epsom's Upper High Street. Residents were concerned that the plans will lead to severe traffic congestion and submitted an application in early October.

Applications from Aldi and Lidl followed.


United Kingdom
51° 20' 5.6472" N, 0° 16' 33.7116" W
Surrey GB

Campaign Updates
Epsom, Surrey

15 December 2017
Aldi appeal refused

Aldi’s appeal over its refused application to build a supermarket in Alexandra Road has been rejected by the planning inspector. Epsom and Ewell Council refused the application for the former Dairy Crest site in April 2016 because the Upper High Street site, which Lidl was recently granted permission for, was better suited for a food store. The planning inspector said the Lidl site, a mere 220 metres away, was closer to the town centre, and is the preferred site for such a retailer.

26 April 2017
Lidl submits plans for store
11 January 2017
Lidl unveils plans for new store and apartments
12 October 2016
Aldi appealing Council's decision to reject its plans
7 April 2016
Councillors refuse Aldi's plans
16 February 2016
Lidl announces plans for store and objects to Aldi's application

Lidl informally announced its plans for a “medium-sized foodstore” to be built in Upper High Street, Epsom, in an objection to rival chain Aldi’s application for the old Dairy Crest site just metres away.

7 January 2016
Aldi lodges planning application

Aldi has lodged a planning application for six two-bedroom homes on top of a new store with 71 car parking spaces at the former Dairy Crest site between Alexandra Road and Church Road, Epsom.  Aldi has owned the Alexandra Road site since 2013 and distributed almost 7,000 leaflets announcing plans for it to nearby residents in July last year.

4 July 2014
Waitrose and Morrisons possibly considering stores in town
9 February 2010
Tesco withdrew its application

Planning Officers had earlier issued a committee report recommending that the application should be refused, quoting 11 reasons.