Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Farnham, Surrey

In 2007 residents and retailers in Farnham formed a group, East Street Action, to campaign against Crest Nicholson Sainsbury (CNS) plans for East Street. The proposed development was within 5km of a Special Protection Area of heathland which is home to endangered species: the Dartford warbler, the nightjar and the woodlark.

The town's small independent retailers are worried about the effect on their trade if the development goes ahead as it will effectively create a separate commercial quarter with little relationship to the existing town. Traffic problems and parking are other concerns for the town's residents and visitors. Sainsbury's, as part of the development partnership, already own a small store within the development area and have another superstore on the East side of Farnham.


United Kingdom
51° 12' 55.7496" N, 0° 47' 17.7684" W
Surrey GB

Campaign Updates
Farnham, Surrey

29 October 2016
Sainsbury's given go ahead to sell wider range of goods

WAVERLEY Borough Council has given Sainsbury’s the green light to sell a wider variety of goods at its Water Lane store despite fears it may have a detrimental knock-on effect in Farnham town centre. The Council agreed to relax a historic limitation on the amount of ‘comparison goods’ allowed to be sold at the out-of-town store.It means Sainsbury’s can now sell ‘comparison goods’ such as clothing, household appliances and electricals in 40 per cent of the supermarket, up from the 15 per cent agreed in its 1999 application for a new 12,000 square feet extension at Water Lane.

6 October 2008
Plans approved

Waverley Councillors voted overwhelmingly to allow the Crest Nicholson development.