Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Roundhay Road, Leeds

In May 2009 Tesco filed a planning application to develop their Roundhay Road site. Although their promotional literature advertised the proposal as improvements to the existing store, the plans actually consist of demolishing the current Tesco and Homebase buildings and erecting a new superstore and petrol garage, nearly as large as the Tesco at Seacroft.




United Kingdom
53° 48' 54.5256" N, 1° 31' 4.188" W
Leeds GB

Campaign Updates
Roundhay Road, Leeds

1 October 2009
Application Granted

Following the deferral Leeds East Plans Panel voted 4-3 to approve the Tesco Extra in October 2009. For more information please visit Tesco and Asda had been in competition to secure the right to build a new store close to the Middleton District Shopping Centre. Leeds City Council officials approved Asda's proposals in February but Tesco refused to give up – and in October 2010 resubmitted their application after claiming Asda failed to meet agreed commitments which formed part of their planning permission.

27 August 2009
Application deferred

August 2009 - The planning committee met on 27th August to consider the application and deferred the decision, despite its being recommended for approval by planning officers. After a thorough presentation by local campaigners, the panel cited the following concerns: that the impact on traffic had been underestimated, that the store would not be sustainable, and that the public contribution Tesco proposed was too low. They also had concerns that the public consultation was not effective at giving local residents a say - please see an article in Moortown Today, 29th August 2009.

1 May 2009
Community Activism

May 2009 - This was the largest-scale planning application the area had seen in years, and there was concern from residents over whether the development is necessary for the local population. A public meeting to discuss the proposed application was organised by Councillors on 24th June. Please see an article in Roundhay Today, 9th June 2009 and in the Yorkshire Evening Post, 15th June 2009.