Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Louth, Lincolnshire

In 2008 East Lindsey District Council announced that a new supermarket is needed in Louth.

In November 2008, Sainsbury's revealed plans for a new 25,000 sq ft store on land between Kiln Lane and Charles Street.

A campaign group "Keep Louth Special" was launched to oppose selling off Louth's Cattle Market site for a new supermarket which it feels would destroy the town's unique collection of independent shops.

December 2009 - East Lindsey District Council rejected Sainsbury's plans on the grounds of flood risk and impact on the town centre. 

February 2012 - East Lindsey District Council appointed Nathanial Lichfield to carry out the study looking at whether there is a need for ‘increased food retail provision’ in Louth, Alford and Horncastle. Please see an article in the Louth Leader, 11th February 2012


United Kingdom
53° 21' 37.3932" N, 0° 0' 39.5496" W
Lincolnshire GB

Campaign Updates
Louth, Lincolnshire

24 July 2014
Council sells cattle market to ASDA

Councillors agree to sell Louth cattle market land to Asda in "most contentious decision in 40 years".Louth’s cattle market will be sold to supermarket giant Asda as agreed by councillors at East Lindsey District Council. In a recorded vote 24 councillors voted in favour of the sale to supermarket giant Asda while 13 voted against and five members abstained.

4 June 2014
Campaigners to launch legal challenge

 ELDC is being urged to accept a developer's bid to build a supermarket on Louth's Cattle Market site. Members of Keep Louth Special have vowed to launch a legal challenge should East Lindsey District Council go along with the recommendation of its Executive Board.

15 October 2013
Aldi plans approved
2 July 2012
Sainsburys plans rejected

 New application for Sainsbury's submitted and then rejected by planning committee as Councillors deemed the location as dangerous.

7 May 2012
Sainsbury's withdrew application
2 April 2012
Town Council objects to plans

Louth Town Council's Planning and Environment Committee unanimously objected to plans by Metaris Properties Ltd which wants to build a Sainsbury's Local store and six town houses at the former Brown's garage site on Newmarket.