Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Hertford, Hertfordshire

Tesco in Hertford originally proposed to demolish its existing store of about 24,000 sq ft and 283 car parking spaces, and replace it with a store roughly double size at 49,000 sq ft and 469 car parking spaces.

Residents felt that the impact of the store will do damage to the town on many different levels. Existing town centre shops will lose trade as Tesco introduces more non food items. Rather than encourage commercial diversity, one giant store will dominate the town. The existing traffic problems in the area are likely to be exacerbated by an increased number of cars visiting the increased number of parking spaces. The store sits within a conservation area, which will be dominated by both its presence and its architectural insensitivity.

A Hertford Residents Group was formed to vocalise local opinion and inform people how best to object to the proposal.

In April 2009 the Government called-in a decision to allow a new Sainsbury’s supermarket to be built in Hertford, and a public inquiry was held in September 2009. In January 2010 the Planning Inspector ruled that planning permission should be given subject to a section 106 agreement.

United Kingdom
51° 47' 44.7216" N, 0° 4' 52.1652" W
Hertfordshire GB

Campaign Updates
Hertford, Hertfordshire

17 December 2009
Application approved

East Herts Development Control committee approved the application for an extension by seven votes to six.

13 July 2009
Appeal withdrawn and new application lodged

Tesco announced it was withdrawing its appeal against East Herts Council's refusal of planning permission for a total redevelopment and instead plans to build a smaller extension to the current store of 24,000 sq ft (2,300 sqm ) new sales space.

12 November 2008
Tesco appeal
24 September 2008
Application refused - and Appealed

At an East Hertfordshire District Council (EHDC) planning committee meeting  Councillors backed the recommendation of EHDC planning officer and refused planning permission.