Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Wadebridge, Cornwall

In May 2010 it submitted plans for a 31,000sq ft supermarket on the vacant land next to the Higher Trenant council offices to the Council. The key changes include retaining the former North Cornwall District Council HQ building, reducing the store size by 4,000 sq ft and removing the proposed customer café. I Love Wadebridge campaign group was set up and handed in a 3,000-signature petition to try to prevent Cornwall Council selling Higher Trenant to Sainsbury's.

Meanwhile, Morrison's wanted to build a store on the local football ground in Wadebridge. To gain permission, it has offered to provide a replacement ground at nearby Bodieve. But the possibility that dormice, a European Protected Species, are inhabiting the site has led planning officers to recommend that the council refuse permission. The local planning officer said the football club development should be refused as "there is a reasonable likelihood of dormice being present." Morrisons commissioned a local ecologist to carry out a dormouse survey.

United Kingdom
50° 31' 22.0296" N, 4° 49' 57.3996" W
Cornwall GB

Campaign Updates
Wadebridge, Cornwall

10 February 2016
Housing plans for Wadebridge Town Football Club resubmitted
11 December 2015
s106 agreement between Aldi and Council

The legally-binding deal was recorded on Cornwall Council's website last week. Aldi's planning application is being opposed by the Co-op and by Lidl, which both have stores in Wadebridge. Tesco, which is only a few hundred yards from the proposed Aldi, has not objected. The Section 106 Agreement, between the council and landowners Crabtree and Crabtree (Wadebridge) Ltd says the money should be used for improving the appearance and function of the Wadebridge town centre. The money is to be handed over once the new Aldi store is occupied.


24 November 2014
Sainsbury's reviewing it's plans to build store
9 January 2012
Tesco extension plans approved
10 January 2011
Sainsbury's and Morrisons plans refused

Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee held a six-hour meeting in which they decided to refuse Sainsbury's planning permission for Higher Trenant, and Morrisons' bid to develop land at Wadebridge Football Club.