Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Looe, Cornwall

In December 2011, Tesco announced that it was seeking to build a new store on the outskirts of the seaside fishing port of Looe in Cornwall.  The following February, TESCO put forward a proposal for a 25,000 sq ft foodstore and 36 affordable homes. This would be the first large supermarket for the town.

Local businesses and Councillors raised concerns about the impact on the town centre and nearby shops and set up the I Love Looe website and the Looe Strategy Group to oppose the plans. 

At a meeting of the Looe Town Council on 23rd January 2013 to consider the modified proposals they voted by 4:1 to recommend objection to the entire planning application on the grounds of:

-Findings of the GVA Grimley report particularly regarding the impact on the town centre businesses.
- It is against Caradon Local Plan 2007 Policies: ALT2, ALT6, HO13, CL5, CL7 and CL10 and the National Planning Policy Framework.
- The site is designated AGLV, coastal zone and green field area.
- Concerns about the increase of traffic on an unclassified road and the B3253 and the safety of the school children.
- The potential loss of the waterside filling station having major impact on the fishing industry, coastguard and RNLI services and tourism.

United Kingdom
50° 21' 4.8528" N, 4° 27' 42.5628" W
Cornwall GB

Campaign Updates
Looe, Cornwall

7 February 2013
Plans rejected

The committee decided by 14:1 to refuse the application on the grounds that it failed the sequential test because there was a preferable alternative brownfield site closer to town centre at Polean waiting to be developed.

3 December 2012
Planning application withdrawn

To allow Tesco to modify the layout of the 36 affordable houses following complaints of overlooking from neighbours and to provide more information on a petrol filling station, car wash and jet wash not previously specified.