Campaigning to curb supermarket power



Amble, Northumberland

Northumberland Estates plans to build a 30,000 sq ft supermarket on land at the southern edge of the Braid.

Almost 200 responses were returned by people in Amble opposed to the plans in 2009. Residents launched a campaign saying local people were not properly consulted by either Northumberland Estates or the county council.

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Since 2003 seven large retail applications have been received for Berwick in north Northumberland. The town is small and geographically quite isolated.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council gave permission for an out of town Tesco, an adjacent retail park, and a 50% extension to Morrisons. Two other applicants, including Asda, appealed against these plans, and a mammoth five-way public... Read More

Hexham, Northumberland

Many groups in Hexham were opposed to the development and tried to stop it. The Hexham Civic Society and many residents were concerned about the impact of local traders, as Hexham is a town with a large number of independent shops, and about the impact on traffic. Hexham Community Partnership developed a 3-year “action plan” about how the town could survive Tesco.