Campaigning to curb supermarket power

St Albans, Hertfordshire

Residents set up a campaign " St Albans Stop Tesco Group" to oppose Tesco's proposals to build a new store in St Albans. Tesco's site had already attracted controversy as it had formed part of its land bank of as yet undeveloped land, and residents believed the land could be put to better uses.

On 11th February 2008 Tesco finally submitted a planning application. On 2nd May 2008 representatives St Albans Stop Tesco and the St Albans Civil Society handed in a petition of 5,827 signatures to St Albans District Council.

On 1st July 2008 the application was unanimously refused by St Albans City and District Council’s Planning Referrals Committee. The Chair of Committee commented that "..a superstore in that location would have been unsuitable and the impact it would have had on the city centre of 4000 car movements a day would have had a detrimental effect on the city and environment". 

United Kingdom
51° 45' 18" N, 0° 20' 9.6" W
Hertfordshire GB

Campaign Updates
St Albans, Hertfordshire

6 June 2016
Sainsburys win appeal for store in Chiswell Green

The plan for a Sainsbury's store in Watford Road has twice been refused by St Albans District Council's planning committee. After lodging an appeal, a Government planning inspector has now given approval for developer Chiswell Maine to build next to the Three Hammers - a Grade II listed pub.

1 January 2010
Tesco focus on Woolworths stie

In January 2010, the St Albans Review confirmed Tesco has exchanged contracts to purchase the empty Woolworths store. In February, Tesco confirmed it does not intend to submit a further planning application and will instead concentrate on moving it's existing store to the empty Woolworths store. Please see an article in the St Albans Review, 8th February 2010.