Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Success Stories

This page is a round up of some of the planning decisions that have gone against supermarkets, or other occasions in which local communities have achieved major campaign victories. For more detailed information on the arguments used in appeal decisions against supermarkets, please see our guide to appeal decisions.


Cradley Heath, Halesowen
November 2017 - Campaigners fought long and hard to save the Haden Cross Inn from plans put forward by site owners New River Retail, and the pub has since undergone a major makeover. 

Shrewsbury, Shropshire
October 2017 - Waitrose scraps plans to build a huge store in Shrewsbury blaming "challenging market conditions".

Coleford, Gloucestershire
August 2017 -High Court overturns the Forest of Dean District Council’s decision to allow Aldi to build a supermarket in Coleford.

Chellaston, Derby
July 2017 - Lidl plans rejected. Lidl wanted to build a store on the site of the 350-year-old Rose and Crown pub, in Chellaston, but, at a meeting of Derby City Council's planning and control committee, the application was rejected on grounds of safety, what it would mean for the area in the future and traffic problems.

Truro, Cornwall
March 2017 - Asda pulls out of plans

Stirchley, Birmingham
March 2017 - Tesco abandons plans. 28th March - Lidl planning permission overturned as Council admits mistakes were made.

Derby, Derbyshire
February 2017
- plans for Aldi store in Derby city centre were rejected.

Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park
February 2017 - Sainsbury's plans refused because the store would “adversely impact the vibrancy of Finsbury Park town centre” and the proposed loading bays would cause congestion in Blackstock Road.


Alton, Hampshire
October 2016 - 
Tesco will not proceed with store.i

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
October 2016 - Tesco shelves plans for new store in Harrogate. Despite fierce opposition, Tesco secured planning permission on the former gas works site at New Park in 2011.Tesco blamed "challenging" market conditions in the retail sector mean that it has to carefully consider the investments it makes.

Penketh, Warrington
September 2016
- plans to demolish Sportsman's Arms pub and replace it with a Netto supermarket were refused.

Newton Abbot, Devon
August 2016 - Aldi withdraws plans

Thame, Oxfordshire
July 2016 - Councillors unanimously reject Tesco's plans for a 4,765 sq m store at Kingsmead Business Park on Howland Road. In turning down the application planning officers said its size would "divert trade from the town centre and would have an adverse impact on its viability and vitality"

Barnstaple, Devon
July 2016 - Plans to create a new supermarket and shops in Barnstaple have been "finally disposed of" after its developers failed to respond to council concern.

Whittelsey, Cambridgeshire
July 2016 - Sainsbury's shelve plans for a new store

Epsom, Surrey
April 2016 - Councillor's refuse Aldi plans. However, i nOctober 2016 Aldi announced it will appeal against the refusal.

Olney, Buckinghamshire
April 2016 - Sainsbury's pull out of plans for a store in Olney. This followed a refusal by Councillors in Februaryon grounds that the new store would have a “substantial” impact on other Olney shops, traffic and parking. The countryside site was also contrary to planning policies.

Abbeydale, Gloucester
March 2016 -
 Planning Inspector upholds Council's decision. The council's decision to reject proposals to turn the former Ridge and Furrow pub into a petrol station has been upheld by a planning inspector. After being refused planning permission by Gloucester City Council, Morrisons' case was heard by a Government planning inspector. While planning inspector Jonathon Parsons said the station would benefit the suburb economically, he believed the design of the petrol station and the storage tanks would ruin the area's character.

Halesowen, Dudley
February 2016 - Lidl's plans refused due to concerns over safety and design.  Dudley Council officers were unhappy that the supermarket was not planning to create a new access point to the extended car park, meaning there would be added pressure on the existing entrance both on the car park and from cars waiting to turn in from Hagley Road. They were also concerned about the extension leading to traffic problems on the busy Hagley Road.

Exeter, Devon
January 2016 -
Asda dropped plans to build a new store close to Exeter city centre.Asda  had wanted to construct its first outlet in the city on the current site of the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education on Topsham Road.

Epsom, Surrey
January 2016
- Aldi’s application to build on the former Dairy Crest site in Epsom was unanimously rejected by the council’s planning committee. Aldi hasd owned the former Dairy Crest site on Alexandra Road site since 2013 and hoped to build a new store and six flats there. Read more here


Golcar, Huddersfield
September 2015 - Tesco plans to turn Rising Sun pub into a Tesco store were refused.

Sedgley, Dudley
September 2015 - Morrisons withdrew plans  to turn Marston's-owned The Seven Stars on Gospel End Road, Sedgley, into a supermarket.

Tesco abandons plans in New Haw
August 2015 - Tesco abandoned plans for an Express store at 302 Woodham Lane in New Haw. This followed followed a two-year planning battle with a lot of opposition from shop keepers in The Broadway who feared the supermarket would damage their businesses.

Pakefield, Lowestoft
July 2015 -  Tesco announced it was shelving it's plans to convert the Tramway Hotel into a store. Since Tesco announced its plans in October 2012, demonstrations and public meetings have been held, more than 2,000 signatures were gathered on petitions and the Pakefield Opposing Tesco campaign group was formed to save the building.

Grimsby, Lincolnshire
July 2015 - Tesco confirmed that plans for a new store on Grimsby's Bargate had been scrapped – despite them having signed a 20-year lease for the Great Grimsby Conservative Association building.

Plymouth, Devon
July 2015 - Tesco pulled out of plans for a megastore in Plymouth.

Crickhowell, Powys
July 2015 -
Punch Taverns withdrew the planning application to turn The Corn Exchange pub into a convenience store.than 150 people turned out in March to oppose plans to convert a pub on the High Street into a convenience store. More than 1,500 also signed an online petition opposing the plans. Local businesses said a convenience store would lead to the closure of many independent shops.

Malton, Yorkshire
July 2015 - A High Court judge quashed a decision to grant GMI Holbeck Land to go-ahead with a store in Wentworth Street car park in Malton. The judge said a planning officer's report to the council's planning committee had "misled members and misled them significantly". Lawyers for the Fitzwilliam Malton Estate, which is proposing to build a Booth's store on the livestock market nearby, had argued five grounds on which the planning consent granted by the council should be deemed unlawful. The judge found in favour of estate on four of those grounds, although just one would have been sufficient for the planning consent to be quashed.

Aldi plans refused in Coleford, Gloucestershire
 2015 - Forest of Dean District Council backed planners' decision to reject the Aldi plans after the budget company was allegedly "inflexible" in negotiations over alternative sites. 

Oakham, Leicestershire
July 2015 -  Tesco confirmed that it will not extend its Oakham store, just weeks after Sainsbury’s dropped plans to open in the town. A Tesco spokesman said the firm no longer felt the expansion of the store in South Street made business sense.

Sainsbury's pulls out of Bishop's Waltham
June 2015 -
 Sainsbury's announced it was abandoning plans in Bishop's Waltham. This followed a six year battle with local residents opposed to the plans.

Sainsbury's abandons plans in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
June 2015 - Sainsbury's released plans for a store on the Birmingham Road back in 2012. But, in October last year, it was revealed the new Sainsbury’s could be up to 15 months away. This summer Sainsbury's said “Since the proposals were first announced, shopping patterns have changed considerable and following an internal review, the scheme is no longer viable for us." 
Morrisons pulls out of Christchurch
June 2015 Morrisons pulled out of a supermarket scheme in Christchurch, just weeks after planning permission was eventually granted. In April, a planning inspector granted permission for the detailed plans, overturning Christchurch council’s refusal, and awarding costs to Beagle, saying the council had acted ‘unreasonably’. Members of the authority’s planning committee have rejected the plans three times since 2012.

Morrisons abandons plans in Bolsover, Derbyshire
June 2015 - Morrisons has put the site on Oxcroft sale up for sale. The Council picked Morrisons as its preferred bidder to build a superstore on the Council site after negotiations began in 2011 and planning permission was granted by the Council in 2012.

Sainsbury's shelves plans Barnsley
June 2015 - Sainsbury's announced it was abandoning plans for a store in Barnsley saying they were no longer viable.

Clarendon Park, Leicester
May 2015 -  Tesco pulled out of plans for a store in Clarendon Park. A campaign group had been set up to oppose the plans.

Sainsbury’s abandons plans in Llangollen
May 2015 -
 Sainsbury's announced that due to changing shopping habits it was abandoning it's plans for a store in Llangollen.

Belsize Park, London
May 2015
- Tesco announced it was abandoning plans for a store in Belsize Park. This following a high profile campaign from local residents and celebrities.

Tesco pulls plans at Boston Spa
May 2015 - Tesco pulled out of plans to convert the Crown Hotel into an Express store. The Parish Council opposed the plans but planning permission had been granted.

Corstorphone, Edinburgh
March 2015 -
Waitrose withdrew plans to build a 22,000 sq ft supermarket, café and multi-storey car park in the Corstorphine Conservation Area.

Wallasey, Wirral
February 2015
- Tesco plans rejected for third time. Tesco has seen a third bid to build a new supermarket in Wallasey village fail after it was again been rejected by council planners who ruled that it would result in “an unneighbourly and unacceptable form of development in that it would lead to an overbearing impact to adjoining dwellings”, as well as unacceptable noise and disturbance.

Calow, Derbyshire
January 2015 - Tesco abandons plans. Message from Save Our Somerset Action Group: " Despite Tesco winning the final appeal to put all planning permissions in place we learned on New Years Eve that they have officially withdrawn their interest in the Somerset House Public House in Calow, Chesterfield.  In their letter to Dennis Skinner MP they cite the weight of public opinion against a local store as the reason for their decision."   


Ealing, London
December 2014 - Tesco withdrew an application for an Express store after neighbours criticised the lack of consultation. Two applications were submitted to Ealing Council on August 12 with proposals to extend an existing commercial space in St Mary’s Road with change of use to a residential unit at the back. Tesco said "We have decided to withdraw our current application in order to fully consult locally and speak further with the council before progressing any proposals. We look forward to hearing from the community and will be in touch shortly.” In January 2015 Tesco announced it was abandoning plans.

Sedgley, Dudley
December 2014 -  Plans refused. Over 1,500 signed a petition opposing plans for a Morrisons store to open at The Seven Stars on Gospel End Road. Some of the key concerns raised by objectors to the planning proposal include losing a pub that is still popular within the community and the effect a new supermarket would have on local businesses. 

Chesterfield, Derbyshire
December 2014 -
Tesco withdrew plans. The community campaign to save the Crispin public house from being closed and turned into a Tesco had been successful. Tesco phoned the Chesterfield MP to confirm that the Crispin Pub on Ashgate Road was no longer to be included in their plans for redevelopment as a Local store.

Ilkley, Yorkshire
September 2014 - Tesco drops plans for Ilkley and plans to sell-off the site.

Bude, Cornwall
August 2014 - Appeal by developers dismissed. The Inspector agreed with the decision of Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee that it would have adverse impact on Bude Town Centre.

Camberley, Surrey
August 2014 - Appeal dismissed. The Planning Inspector said he had taken into account the "quite exceptional level" of opposition the proposal generated. “Many local residents feel that there is no need for another store and are concerned that the proposal would lead to the loss of existing shops which are seen to have an important community role over and above their retail function,” Mr Grainger’s report stated.“That said, determining appeals involves more than counting numbers and, for the reasons I have set out above, the centre does not give the impression that it is vibrant and of high quality.” Mr Grainger also warned the building proposed by Tesco would represent a "backward step" for the area. 

Romsey, Hampshire
August 2014 - Tesco withdraw plans.

Stokesley, North Yorkshire
August 2014 - Developer, Terrace Hill, withdraw plans.

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
July 2014 - Councillors refused Tesco's plans for a 40,000 sq ft store in Overross Street. The Planning officer recommended refusal because the applicant “failed to demonstrate that the proposal would not have an adverse impact on the town centre”. 

Desborough, Northamptonshire
July 2014
- Tesco withdraw plans.

Shipley, West Yorkshire
June 2014 - GMI Developments withdraws plans and appeals.

Yeovil, Somerset 
June 2014 -  Yeovil Football Club withdraw supermarket plans. Yeovil have withdrawn their planning application for a supermarket on their Huish Park site. They had been in negotiations with the local council for over three years but a club statement admitted it will not be possible for them to gain 'detailed support at council level' and they are now working on an alternative scheme.

Hawkinge, Kent
May 2014
- Concerns were raised over the provision of parking including the number of spaces not being enough for the events held at the community centre and poor access for delivery vehicles and the weight of traffic along the residential Heron Forstal Avenue. Councillors also questioned the whether the site was right for a supermarket saying the area should remain for community use and a residential area.Developer Edinburgh Land Estates' wanted to build a supermarket and 82 parking spaces on Heron Forstal Avenue.

Areley Kings, Worcestershire
May 2014 - Councillors at Wyre Forest District Council's planning committee voted to refuse the application by Tesco to replace the village pub with a Tesco Express store. Tesco has taken a lease from Punch Taverns for the Squirrel Inn, by 14 votes to two. Committee members overturned planning officer Paul Round's recommendation for approval on the grounds of concerns about highways and quality of life.

Clarendon Park, Leicester
May 2014 - Council rejects 3 of Tesco's 6 applications. Planning officials refused three out of six applications made by the supermarket chain for the former Barclays bank building, in Queen's Road. The city council's planning committee rejected plans for a cash machine outside the store, an external chiller and air conditioning units. The committee did, however, approve applications to replace entrance doors and windows, to install a canopy and for signage outside the building.

Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes
April 2014
-A planning inspector refused an appeal which would have allowed a new supermarket to be built in Stony Stratford. The decision to refuse the appeal was published in the inspector’s report, which stated: “I have found that the proposal would be harmful to the character and appearance of the Stony Stratford Conservation Area and the setting of the Listed Building at Nos. 7-23 Silver Street.” It adds: “There would also be harm to the living conditions at 7-23 Silver Street and could be harm to local highway considerations.” In March 2013 Milton Keynes District Council refused plans by developers CBRE Global Investors plan to demolish the existing Budgens store, two office wings and the dental practice to build a larger supermarket at Cofferidge Close. CBRE appealed against the decision.

New Haw, Surrey
April 2014 - Members of Runnymede Borough Council's planning committee voted  to reject plans for an 'Express' store in Woodham Lane, at the corner with The Broadway. The Councillors deliberated for an hour-and-a-half before deciding the plans for the LA Motor Company site were not suitable due to the lack of turning space for large delivery lorries.

Ballycastle, Antrim
March 2014 -Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) dismisses Tesco application. The PAC said that Tesco has caused "significant loss of investment" to a County Antrim town by pursuing a development plan. The PAC also ruled that Tesco had approached the consideration of an alternative site in the town centre in "a negative manner".

Ripley, Derbyshire
March 2014 - Plans for a large Morrisons supermarket in Ripley were rejected by borough councillors.

Wallesey, Wirral
March 2014 - Government inspectors dismissed Tesco’s appeal against a council decision to refuse planning permission for the store on the former Classic Car Sales site, next to the Farmer’s Arms pub. The retailer’s appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate on grounds of “the effect of the proposed development on the living conditions of neighbouring residents, with regard to outlook, overshadowing, noise and disturbance; and, whether adequate off-street parking and servicing provision would be made having regard to the living conditions of neighbouring residents.”

Camberley, Surrey
March 2014- Tesco's hopes of opening a new store in Camberley have been thwarted for a second time after Councillors remained steadfast in their opposition to the supermarket proposal. Members of Surrey Heath Borough Council's planning committee voted 11 to five in favour of overturning an officer’s recommendation to approve the application. Tesco initially sought planning permission from the council in May 2013, in partnership with Thames Valley Housing Association, for a new Express store in Frimley Road as well as 14 two-bedroom affordable flats.This was refused following around 1,600 public objections, on the grounds that the application would result in the loss of a designated industrial employment site. Members also cited a lack of amenity space, harm to the character of the area and loss of footfall to the existing Frimley Road parade as reasons for refusal. An appeal is ongoing in respect of this application. The new application that has been refused was subsequently lodged with the council in December 2013.

Tolworth, Kingston
February 2014 - Tesco withdrew it's application to build a supermarket, a hotel, and flats on the old Toby Jug site in Tolworth . It will consider its options regarding the land, which it bought in 2002. Planning officers had recommended the application be refused stating "...the amendments required to make the application acceptable are substantial and would materially change the development proposal."They would require further consultation to be undertaken."

Christchurch, Dorset
January 2014 - Plans for a new Morrisons supermarket at the Beagle site in Stony Lane were unveiled to residents in Christchurch – for the third time in August 2013 but Councillors turned down the plans in January because of the impact on the Christchurch town centre as well as local conservation concerns,

Leominster, Herefordshire
January 2014 - Herefordshire Council’s planning committee voted against plans for a new food store on land at Southern Avenue and a Sainsbury’s on the current site of steel fabricator Dales on Mill Street.


Hadleigh, Suffolk
December 2013 -
Tesco announce they will not appeal against their planning refusal in September, thus ending a 13 year battle to build a store in Hadleigh.

Bath, Somerset
December 2013 - 
Eric Pickles dismisses Tesco plan. Mr Pickles ruled that plans by Sainsbury’s to redevelop its Green Park store are preferable to Tesco redeveloping the Bath Press. In his decision Mr Pickles described the Bath Press site as ‘out-of-centre’ and said it would have a harmful impact on the Moorland Road shopping area. He said there were also highways concerns.

Macceslfield, Cheshire
December 2013 - Tesco withdraws plans. Tesco's latest application for a new store was withdrawn days before it was due to be heard by the Strategic Planning Board.

Ipswich, Suffolk
December 2013 - Spenhill Regeneration withdraw application. Tesco’s controversial application to develop land at Grafton Way near Ipswich town centre has been withdrawn just hours before it was due to come up before borough planners.

Ickenham, London
December 2013 - Morrisons and Tesco plans refused by Hillingdon Council. The Major Applications Planning Committee voted unanimously to ignore planning officers’ recommendations and refused an application to build a 3,543sq m Tesco plus 84 bedroom hotel on the former Master Brewer site in Freezeland Way, Hillingdon, on the grounds of the excessive height of the proposed seven-storey hotel and the impact of the plan on traffic and road safety.

Bolsover, Derbyshire
November 2013 - A Government watchdog has ruled that public open space was wrongly sold for a multi-million pound supermarket development . Bolsover District Council has already given the go-ahead for a massive Morrisons’ supermarket and petrol station after selling its former Sherwood Lodge HQ site, off Oxcroft Lane, Bolsover.It included green land which protestors wanted to preserve.But the Local Government Ombudsman announced on Tuesday that the council had sold the land without correctly advertising its sale as open space - denying residents the right to object on that basis.

Braintree, Essex
November 2013 - Members of Braintree Council’s planning committee went with officers’ recommendations and voted to refuse the planning application for the Broomhills Industrial Estate.The majority of councillors chose to support Braintree Council's policy to protect the town centre. However, in May 2014 Sainsbury's launched an appeal.

Calow, Derbyshire
November 2013 - North East Derbyshire District council’s planning committee voted against Tesco's second attempt to get planning permission for  proposals for an extension and signage, at Somerset House pub.

Stratton, Cornwall
October 2013
- The committee members, after hearing from Bude councillors and members of the public, refused the application from the Catesby Property Group for a Tesco store covering 3,719sq metres with a petrol station at Binhamy, Stratton, by 13 votes to 6 on the grounds it would be detrimental to Bude town centre.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
October 2013 - In a surprising turn of events, Newcastle City Council  turned down the outline planning permission for the Newcastle General Hospital site. The plans, which include the development of a huge 24 hour Tesco superstore, were initially approved on 21 January 2011, but this was subject to a number of conditions set out in an "s106 agreement". Minutes of the council's planning committee meeting on 4 October 2013 state that since the application was approved "substantial efforts had been made by officers of Development Management and Legal Services to finalise the signing and execution of the s106 agreement, but without success."  The council has therefore decided to refuse the application.

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
October 2013 - The Planning Inspector dismissed the Appeal by Enterprise Inns for The Bristol House Inn citing car parking and traffic flow issues. Enterprise Inns had been refused permission to extend the pub and so appealed.

Castletown, Isle of Man
October 2013 - Tesco's application for an alcohol license was refused for a third time.

Felixstowe, Suffolk
September 2013 - Planners rejected plans for a Tesco and an Asda in a Suffolk town in favour of a site proposed for an unnamed supermarket chain. Suffolk Coastal District Council has granted approval for a store on derelict land between Felixstowe railway station and Garrison Lane.Councillors said they favoured a site which could link to the town centre.

Holmfirth, Kirklees
September 2013 -The Planning Inspector John Gray dismissed the Tesco application, largely on highways issues. In his report Mr Gray raises the issue of further traffic on Penistone Road, saying: “... the fact that the Penistone Road junction is already operating above its capacity is not an adequate reason for adding more traffic to it, even a relatively small amount, when it is not at all clear how or when an appropriate solution will come forward.

Godalming, Surrey
September 2013 - Waverley Council  rejected two of Tesco’s four planning applications. The two applications that were turned down were for the installation of air-conditioning units outside the building and changing the frontage to allow for installation of a large new glazed shop-front, both of which are fundamental aspects of Tesco’s overall intentions for the building. They voted 10 to 1 against.

Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire
September 2013 -  Cotswold District Council rejected Sainsbury's plans.

Torquay, Devon
September 2013 - Councillors refused a 7,000 sq metre store in Edginswell on the outskirts of the town for a second time. The development management committee also decided building the store would send the wrong message to visitors as they approached the gateway to the town. The scheme was rejected on grounds that:

i )It is on land designated for employment use in the Local Plan 1995-2011
ii)Failed the sequential test (that require Tesco to first consider town centre sites such as Lymington Road)
iii))An absence of a Section 106 agreement  iv)Failed the design test to enhance the environment and relate to the business park  v)Failed to demonstrate traffic generated could be accommodated by the highway network vi)Failed to assess the impact on Torquay and Paignton town centre.

Wallesley Village, Wirral
September 2013 - 
Councillors voted for the second time to refuse Tesco permission to build a convenience store, believed to have been a Tesco Express, on the former Classic Cars site in Wallasey Village. Traffic concerns and the possible impact on local traders had played a massive part in people coming together to oppose the plans -a 1,200-strong petition opposing the plans was gathered.

Sherbourne, Dorset
August 2013 - 
Plans to build a Tesco superstore which prompted protests have been scrapped as  Tesco say the site "won't work" as road access was too difficult and expensive to resolve.The plans included demolishing a 60-bed hotel off the A30 to build the store. Residents formed a "No Thanks Tesco" campaign against the store and 11,000 signed a petition against the plans.

Teddington, Middlesex
July 2013
- The grounds for the unanimous refusal for a Sainsbury's store were traffic concerns and inappropriate signage deemed to be detrimental to the Conservation Area. The increase in visitors by car would affect highway safety, particularly in Langham Road and the low number of off-road car parking spaced provided (6) would lead to an overspill of cars to create an adverse impact on the character of the area. One traffic report estimated that there would have been 7-10,000 trips per week into this residential area.

Camberley, Surrey
July 2013
- Councillors voted 12 to three in favour of overturning an officer recommendation to build a Tesco supermarket in Frimley Road. Its reasons for refusal was a loss of residential amenity and industrial use, potential for traffic generation and posing a threat to the vitality of the present area.

Marple, Stockport
June 2013 -
ASDA released a statement saying it had decided not pursue plans for a new ASDA store and petrol station on the site of a sixth form college, Hibbert Lane. A spokesman for Cheadle & Marple 6th Form College (CAMSFC) the joint applicants said “The college has been considering a number of options on how to proceed and would very much like to work with the Marple community to explore a way forward”. David Hoyle, chairman of Marple in Action called the news ‘a victory for common sense and people power’.

Maidenhead, Berkshire
June 2013 - Councillors once again refuse five new applications to make material changes to the pub in Furze Platt Road, including installing a cash machine and signage, were discussed by Maidenhead development control panel. It went on to unanimously refuse every single one.

Barnoldswick, Lancashire
June 2013 - Planning Inspector Robin Brooks dismissed an appeal by developer Mark Taylforth, of Pendle Projects Ltd, who wanted to build a 1,472 square metre discount supermarket at the site of the former Gas Works Yard, off Skipton Road. Mr Brooks raised the potential impact a new supermarket would have on the ‘fragile qualities’ of existing town centre shops.

Dorking, Surrey
May 2013 - Sainsbury's pulled out of plans to build a new store behind St Martin's Walk. A spokesman for Sainsbury's tole the Dorking Advertiser: "Mole Valley District Council and Sainsbury's have been in discussion for some time trying to evolve a viable supermarket scheme on the site to the rear of St Martin’s Walk identified by the recently adopted Area Action Plan. "The council and Sainsbury's have been in discussion with the other landowners, Surrey County Council and Mole Valley Housing Association, and have regretfully concluded that, despite the best efforts of all concerned, a viable scheme cannot be delivered on the proposed site.

Wetherby, West Yorkshire
May 2013 - Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel rejected the scheme to build a 25,000 sq ft supermarket on land off Sandbeck Lane after a council report said the plans would have a detrimental affect on trade in Wetherby town centre, making the town less attractive to shoppers.

Penwortham, Lancashire
May 2013 - Sainsbury's pulls out of plans for a 35,000 sq ft store on the corner of Cop Lane and Liverpool Road. Residents feared the development will create further traffic chaos at the notorious junction and spell disaster for existing shops.

Burpham, Surrey
May 2013 - Aldi plans turned down by Councillors despite planning officer recommendation to approve.

Ramsbottom, East Lancashire
April 2013 - Sainsbury's abandons plans on an option to buy and develop land, an ex paper mill, on the edge of the town.  

Retford, Nottinghamshire
April 2013 - Asda's plans to create the town's first fully automatic petrol station just off Chancery Lane right next to Kings' Park were refused by every Councillor bar one. The plans were met with opposition and around 500 people signed up to support a protest page on Facebook. Residents are concerned because traffic is already bad in that location, it is in a conservation area and the police and fire services might be hindered in getting out of Wharf Road. 

Ulverston, Cumbria
April 2013 -Sainsbury's plans for a 20,000 sq ft store were rejected by a vote of 13 to 1.

Williton, Somerset
April 2013 - Plans by agricultural machine specialist J Gliddon and Sons for a new supermarket and 175-space car park at the back of their premises in Bank Street were refused. Council officers had urged members to refuse the plans on the grounds that they would ruin trade for existing shops in Williton.

Westgate-on-Sea, Kent
April 2013 - P
lans for a 2,885 sq ft Tesco store in Westgate-On-Sea were recommended for approval by the planning officer despite residents voicing fears over the impact on the area's Victorian character, local trade, traffic and road safety. Twelve Councillors on the committee voted to refuse the application on the grounds that the "height, scale and mass is not keeping and is harmful to the Westgate Conservation Area and location."

Machynlleth, Powys
April 2013
- Tesco withdrew plans for a store in Machynlleth after failing to agree road construction changes. Tesco has been trying to build a store in the town for over 5 years. It met strong opposition from residents. 

Westfield, Somerset
March 2013
- Sainsbury's plans for a 55,000 sq ft store were refused. A spokesman for B&NES said that national planning policy prioritised retail development in town and city centres, with this sequential test principle favouring the South Road and Welton Bibby Baron sites. Councillors felt it would have been completely inappropriate to ignore the car park site simply because it was in the ownership of the council. The plans were also considered that the store would have a significant adverse impact on the retail vitality of existing nearby retail centres.

Mytchett, Surrey
March 2013 - Councillors refused the application proposing to convert the ground floor of a vacant two-storey commercial building in Mytchett Road into a Tesco Express store. The reason for refusal was traffic grounds.

Maidenhead, Berkshire
March 2013
- Tesco submitted six applications for interior and exterior changes to the Golden Harp pub but on 13th March five separate applications were turned down by Maidenhead development control panel. The applications asked for permission to install bollards, hard standing, plant equipment, signage and a new shop front at the pub in Furze Platt Road. A sixth application to put in a cash machine was withdrawn by Tesco prior to the meeting. Councillors' reasons for objecting to the applications included the fact the changes would be unsympathetic to a building which sits at the apex of the Furze Platt Triangle Conservation Area.

Chesterfield, Derbyshire
March 2013 -
Four of the six planning applications to convert The Crispin Inn in Chesterfield to a Tesco Express were turned down by the local planning committee. Over 1,100 residents had objected to the application. Their concerns included increased traffic and the impact on local shops.

Maldon, Essex
March 2013 -
Councillors rejected a proposed Tesco Express in The Cups pub building in Wantz Road.  Residents had raised concerns about road safety.

Basingstoke, Hampshire
March 2013 -
The Government’s planning inspectorate refused to grant Tesco permission to build a new 63,000sq ft store on the former Smiths Industries site, on The Harrow Way, in Brighton Hill.  Planning inspector Ken Barton said he refused the proposal because it would affect nearby shops and added that the Government’s new planning rules - The National Planning Policy Framework – justified the decision. He said: “There would be a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of the nearby Brighton Hill District Centre. In such a circumstance paragraph 27 of the Framework indicates that the proposal should be refused.”

Marple, Stockport
2013 - meeting of Stockport’s planning committee Councillors voted to refuse the application submitted by  Asda and the college. The council received 782 letters and a 8,270-signature petition in objection. Please see the Marple in Action website for further information.

Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
February 2013 -
All three of Tesco's planning applications for the Archers Pub on Havers Lane were unanimously rejected by the five members of BSTC Planning Committee. Reasons for refusal included detriment to amenity of local residents, environmental hazard, contrary to a building of special interest, anti social & access reasons, sequential test not applied, traffic & contractors plant, junction & parking issues, ENB1 of local plan in respect of quality of life.

Looe, Cornwall
February 2013 -
revised plansfor a 25,000 sq ft store on edge of Looe were considered by Cornwall's Strategic Planning Committee on 7 February and despite the planning officer's recommendation to approve, the committee decided by 14:1 to refuse the application on the grounds that it failed the sequential test because there was a preferable alternative brownfield site closer to town centre at Polean waiting to be developed.

Halstead, Essex
January 2013 -
Tesco's application to build a 2,825m2 store was refused by Braintree Distric Council. The grounds for the council's refusal were many but perhaps the overwhelming reason for refusing this plan and the one that so motivated campaigners was the associated loss of woodland, wildlife and 16 well preserved air raid shelters.
Bath, North and East Somerset

Bath, Somerset
January 2013 -
Tesco's plans for a store on the former Bath Press site  were turned down by Bath and North East Somerset Council’s development control committee as Councillors voted nine to four in favour of refusing the plans. Concerns had been raised about potential traffic problems around the Windsor Bridge and Lower Bristol Road junction and the impact a new supermarket would have on smaller shops in nearby Moorland Road.

Earl Shilton, Leicestershire
January 2013 -
Earl Shilton Town Council voted to end their negotiations with Morgan, Davis and Wherry over the developer's proposal to build a supermarket off Wood Street. Save Wood Street Park Action Group had led the fight to stop this development, and although the decision taken by the councillors was not entirely based on the group's opposition, nevertheless the views of residents (including a petition with over 2,000 signatures) would have been in the back of their minds. The group will now continue to fight to have the park protected in perpetuity, and the Town Green Application is still awaiting a decision.


Seaton Delaval , Northumberland
18th December 2012 -
Northumberland Council unanimously rejected the plans on grounds of road safety and opposition from the local community an application by Tesco to install an ATM on the site of the Victoria and Albert pub. Read the campaign case study for further information.

Loughside, Belfast
December 2012 -
December Belfast City Council and Bayshore Developments, the applicants of the Loughside Development, confirmed that they were not going to appeal the decision by the Northern Ireland Environment Minister to reject their planning application. This followed a decision in October by Asda to withdraw from development, citing economic conditions and delays in the planing decision.

Cheylesmore, Coventry
December 2012 -
Residents and traders in Cheylesmore won a court battle to overturn planning permission for an Asda supermarket at the site of the former Cheylesmore pub in Coventry. Cheylesmore traders were successful in a judicial review against Coventry City Council planning committee’s approval for an Asda store (in January 2012) on the site of the former Cheylesmore pub. The judge ruled that the decision to grant Asda planning permission was unlawful due to a procedural flaw based on an error in the format of words on a council letter sent to residents informing them of the planning committee’s decision.

Todmorden, Yorkshire
November 2012 -
The Planning Inspectorate has found against ASDA’s Appeal to build a fourth supermarket in the small Pennine town of Todmorden (Population 13,500). This was based on the finding that, “the proposal would have a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Todmorden Town Centre, its role as a market town and committed and planned public and private investment within the centre”. Please read the decision notice here.

Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
November 2012 -
Sainsbury’s withdrew its plans for a store of 25,000 square feet in Llandeilo because of continued delay over the plans an uncertainty about approval.

Barnoldswick, Lancashire
November 2012 -
Tesco's appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a supermarket in Barnoldswick has been thrown out. The plans were rejected by Councillors in August but Tesco appealed against the decision. But planning inspector Philip Asquith agreed with the Council's decision saying "Given the important current role of the Co-op as an anchor for the town centre and my views on the likely cumulative effects of two large-format stores on it and consequent reduction in footfall, on balance, I consider there to be a strong probability of a substantial impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre." Read more here.

Sale Moor, Trafford
October 2012 -
Tesco wanted to convert three units in the village into a supermarket and submitted a planning application nin September. In October  the planning committee rejected the three applications for retail use for a restaurant and three upstairs flats on Northenden Road on the grounds that they failed an assessment known as the 'sequential test' - meaning there is a more appropriate, vacant property available for such a development in the area.

Archer Road, Sheffield
October 2012 -
Sainsbury's pull out of taking application to the High Court to seek approval. Please read more here. It lost an appeal in 2011 to expand its store by 44%.

Eastleigh, Hampshire
September 2012 -
Sainsbury's withdrew their plans for a new store on part of a recreation ground with the loss of 5000 sq ft of parkland, including 51 trees. Campaigners were particularly concerned about the effect of the proposed development on air quality in the area, which is already an 'air quality management area'.

Parkhead, Sheffield
September 2012 -
Tesco was first refused permission for an Express store on the site of the old Parkhead garage in Ecclesall Road South in 2009. Following a new application in May the planning committee turned down the plans for a second time because of concerns about the extra noise and traffic the store would create. For further information please see an article in the Postcode Gazette, 24th September 2012.

September 2012 -
An application by Enterprise Inns to extend the Bristol House Pub in Weston-super-Mare was turned down on Thursday 20th September because of highways issues. Many residents believe that winning approval for the extension of the building would have been a key factor in whether Tesco decides to lease the site or not. Over 2,700 residents signed a petition opposing the plans. In December 2012 the pub re-opened.

Llanrwst, Conwy Valley
August 2012 -
Tesco withdrew plans for a 28,000 sq ft store following much opposition. Please see the campaign case study.

Basingstoke, Hampshire
July 2012 -
Despite planning officers recommending approval Councillors refused the plans for a 60,000 sq ft store on the former Smiths industrial site. Their reasons included its effect on local shops and concerns about £4.2million worth of highway improvements to the Brighton Hill roundabout. Tesco had been trying to gain planning permission since July 2009. In February 2010 it had its plans for a major DIY superstore on the site approved.

In October 2012 Tesco lodged an appeal.

Wetherby, Yorkshire
July 2012 - 
Sainsbury’s plans to build a 35,000 ft sq store on the site of the Mercure Hotel were refused by Leeds City Council’s planning committee.

Bedford, Bedfordshire
June 2012 -
Bedford Borough Council refused Tesco's plans to extend the Crown pub in Britannia Road building because of parking and traffic issues. Planning officers recommended that Bedford Borough Council planning committee refuse the application saying that: “Permission has twice been refused for extensions to the public house to provide potential for A1 (retail), A3 (restaurant/cafe) and A4 (drinking establishment). “The first application was refused on grounds of the bulk, massing and architectural detailing of the proposed extension, inadequate vehicle and cycle parking and inadequate turning space within the site".

Louth, Lincolnshire
June 2012 -
The majority of East Lindsey District Council's planning committee members voted against plans for a Sainsbury's Local store, two smaller retail units and six town houses on land at the former Brown's garage on Newmarket. Despite a large number of objections – including a 585 signature petition – the application had been recommended for approval as Lincolnshire County Council's highways department raised no objection. But councillors who knew the area deemed the location, with the exit of the site on the unadopted Watts Lane, as dangerous.

Kendal, Cumbria
June 2012 - 
Following a second planning committe refusal over plans to develop Kendal Rugby Club's ground in November 2011 the develoeprs appealed but in June 2012 the appeal was rejected by the Planning Inspector, who said that the site has accessibility issues and was too far out of town.

Saffron Walden, Essex
May 2012 -
the Planning Inspector, Christina Downes, said the new store would have “significant adverse impacts” for the town and upheld the Council's decision to refuse planning permission.  On 9th December 2010 Uttlesford District Council’s development control committee refused Sainsbury's application for a new supermarket on the casting vote of the committee chairman.In April 2011 Sainsbury's revealed plans for a 20% smaller new store. At the same time it also lodged an appeal  with the Planning Inspectorate on the refusal of its earlier application.  The public inquiry opened on 9th February 2012.


Alsager, Nottinghamshire
May 2012 - 
Sainsbury's withdrew its plan for a new out-of-town store on the outskirts of Alsager. The plans had been recommended for refusal because the design of the store was 'poor' and not enough information had been provided about the impact on traffic. Planners also raised concerns about the impact the store would have on smaller shops and businesses. 

Elland, Halifax
May 2012
 -  Councillors refused Asda's plans for a store for the second time ruling that the highways issues a store may create meant the application had to be refused. Please see an article in the Examiner, 4th May 2012.

Halfway, Sheffield
March 2012 - 
Tesco's appeal was turned down. Tesco first tried to build a new store and petrol station off Oxclose Park Road, Halfway in South East Sheffield in 2010.

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
March 2012 -
Plans for a 30,000 sq ft out-of-town Sainsbury's were rejected by West Oxfordshire District Council. Councillors on the planning committee heard concerns from SCOOTS about the impact on traffic and on the vitality of the town centre. Please see an article in the Banbury Guardian, 9th March 2012.

Whitchurch, Shropshire
March 2012 -  Shropshire Council refused Tesco's plans for a new store in Edgeley Park because there was a sequentially preferable site within the town centre and because it would have a significant adverse impact on the viability and vitality of the town centre. 

Welton, East Yorkshire
April 2012 - Tesco withdraws appeal. Following a 2-year battle to build a store on land from salad vegetables producer Humber Growers Tesco withdrew its application and appealed againt East Riding Council's failure to determine the application submitted 12 months before. However, in April it withdrew its appeal.

Herne, Kent
March 2012 - 
Following huge protests from Herne residents Tesco withdrew its plans to convert the Upper Red Lion pub into a Tesco Express. Please see the campaign case studyand an article in the Daily Mail, 24th March 2012.

Easingwold, North Yorkshire
March 2012 - 
Hambleton District Council's planning committee unanimously rejected the application stating that the development was "totally inappropriate"  for the location. Planning officers had recommended refusal stating that the store would have a “detrimental impact on the vitality and viability” of Easingwold and nearby villages, lead to road safety problems and “cause serious harm to the living conditions” of neighbouring residents.

Coleford, Gloucestershire
March 2012 - Tesco had its plans for a new supermarket in Coleford refused by the Forest of Dean's District Council planning committee for a second time by nine votes to three. It submitted new plans for a supermarket off Lords Hill after its previous designs were rejected in October 2011.

Ledbury, Herefordshire
February 2012
 - Tesco and Sainbsbury's have been trying to build stores in Ledbury. In November 2011 Tesco withdrew its application - 24 hours before the authority's full planning committee were going to consider it. In February 2012 Herefordshire Councillors vote 12 votes to 6 to reject the Sainsbury's application. For more information please visit Ledbury Opposes Tesco Superstore (LOTS)

Jedburgh, Scottish Borders
February 2012
  - Scottish Borders Councillors rejected the plans for a second time saying the proposed store would have an adverse effect on the viability of the town centre as a retail area. 

Portishead, North Somerset
February 2012 - Sainsbury's had its planning consent for a £15 million new store in Portishead quashed by a High Court judge. The Co-operative applied for a judicial review after North Somerset Council granted Sainsbury's planning consent last year to build a new 30,000 sq ft store at Serbert Way claiming the decision was unlawful and based on incorrect information contained in an independent retail assessment about the impact a new store would have on the town.

Welwyn Garden City
January 2012 - Welwyn Hatfield Councillors refuse Tesco planning permission. Tesco confirms it will not appeal against the decision. Hertfordshire Highways experts recommended the Council refuse the application on the grounds of road capacity, traffic flow and safety. Please see an article in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, 23rd January 2012. For further information please see the Say Not To

Tiverton, Devon
January 2012 - Tesco withdrew its application to expand its Blundell’s Road store in Tiverton. Please see thecampaign case study for further details.

Bury, Lancashire
January 2012 - Planning Inspector, Brendon Lyons,dismissed the developer's appeal. Please read the decision letter. The application for a supermarket, believed to be a Tesco Express had been withdrawn in November 2010 and a new application had been refused in February 2011.

Idle, Bradford
January 2012 - 
A planning application to construct a convenience store on the site of the car park of The George pub in Idle was turned down by Bradford Council planning officers turned down the plans for a number of reasons including its appearance, an increase in pedestrians expected to cross busy roads, and inadequate car parking provision. Please see an article in the Telegraph & Argus, 6th January 2012.


Buxton, Derbyshire
December 2011 - Tesco withdrew their application for a 6,601 sq m store on the current Nestle water bottling plant on Station Road. A petition opposing the development attracted over 5,000 signatures and many of the town’s independent retailers display posters and placards protesting against the proposal. The campaign group can be contacted at or via theirFacebook group.

Kendal, Cumbria
November 2011 - South Lakeland District Council's planning committee turned down the plans to transform Kendal Rugby Club into a supermarket. In March 2010 a Government planning inspector rejected the scheme saying it would create an additional 180 vehicles an hour in both directions.

Mill Road, Cambridge - Sainsbury's
October 2011
 -Councillors refused the application because of concerns about the loss of a leisure facility, traffic safety and disabled access looming large. Sainsbury's revealed it needed planning permission to open a store in Mill Road in what is now Mickey Flynn’s pool hall in May.

East Hunsbury, Northampton
October 2011 
- Northampton Borough Council voted to reject the proposal from Tesco to expand it's Mereway store by 38 percent.

Jedburgh, The Scottish Borders  
October 2011 - the Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee voted 8-4 to reject the application by Sheppy Industries to erect a foodstore on the former Oregon Timber Frame company premises in Station Yard, Edinburgh Road, . The application was recommended for refusal on the grounds that it would have meant loss of allocated employment land and that it would affect the vitality of the town centre.

Oxford Road, Reading  
October 2011 - Reading Borough Council planning committee refused Tesco's revised application. The committee ruled the proposals were an "intensification" of the site and would cause increased congestion and safety concerns in an area close to Oxford Road Community School, two bus stops and flats and houses.  For further information please see the campaign case study.

Coundon, Coventry
September 2011
 - Councillors rejected plans for a Tesco Express store for the third time. They last rejected them in December 2010.  Tesco appealed but the appeal was dismissed. Please see the campaign case study for further information.

Horncastle, Lincolnshire  
August 2011
 - On 25th August Councillors unanimously rejected Tesco’s plans to relocate to Lincoln Road at an East Lindsey District Council planning meeting. In 2009 Tesco bought  part of the H.A.T Reindeer Close industrial estate, off West Street, in Horncastle to create a replacement store for the town about twice the size of the current store. In July 2010 it withdrew a planning application following opposition. It resubmitted plans in 2011.

Todmorden, Calderdale
August 2011
 -Calderdale Council’s planning committee refused to grant permission for a Sainsbury’s store because of concerns about the impact another supermarket would have on existing town centre shops and businesses in Todmorden. Please see the campaign case study for further information. Sainsbury's launched an appeal and a public inquiry was due to start on 24th July 2012, however, in May Sainsbury's withdrew from the appeal.

Archer Road, Sheffield
August 2011 - Sainsbury's lost an appeal to expand its sotre by 44%. The planning inspector cited the main issue as the effect of the proposal on local air quality and the safety and convenience of highway users. He said the expanded store could attract up to 13 per cent more traffic – which would be unaccepteble when combined with that generated by plans for the expanded Tesco and development of retirement homes on the former Jacobs site, off Abbeydale Road. Please see the campaign case study for further information.

July 2011
 - On 6th July Babergh District Council refused Tesco permission to build new 2,500 sq m store on former Brett Works stie. The battle to build a Tesco supermarket in Hadleigh has been raging for 13 years. 

Barry, Vale of Glamorgan  
June 2011 - 
Councillors turned down Sainsbury's plans for a local convenience store in Barry. Please see an article at, 1st July 2011.

Dawlish, Devon
June 2011 -Government inspector Stuart Nixon ruled out proposals for a Tesco out-of-town store saying that "Two stores would almost certainly damage the health of the town centre. The Tesco proposal, cumulatively with the approved Sainsburys' scheme, would deliver every prospect of a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Dawlish town centre".His report added: "Even without Tesco, the Sainsburys' offer is likely to 'challenge' some of the convenience outlets in Dawlish, for example the butchers, bakers and greengrocers and possibly one chemist. For further information please see the campaign case study.

Kingswood, Bristol  
June 2011 - Sainsbury's withdrew their application but have indicated they may re-apply at a later date. The chain wants to convert a former college building next to the library – a building which is locally listed.

Workington, Cumbria
June 2011
 - Allerdale council decided that Workington's Cloffocks site will not be sold to Tesco. This shock move that came after more than five years of negotiations, councillors unanimously agreed during a private meeting that they would allow the agreement to sell the land to the supermarket chain to expire as the council was faced with many obstacles including an imminent application for village green status to be given to the site, being put together by the Save Our Cloffocks group, and a possible judicial review of the planning approval for the superstore. Please see thecampaign case study for further information.
Rayleigh, Essex
April 2011 - Rochford Council's development control committee rejected plans to convert half of the Geoff Bray car showroom in Eastwood Road. Although Tesco’s name was not on the application, residents feared Tesco had struck a deal with Mr Bray to buy the site once it had planning permission. The committee cited concerns over the increase in traffic along Eastwood Road and the dangers of delivery lorries turning into the showroom’s small forecourt as reasons for refusal.

Selby, North Yorkshire
April 2011
 -Tesco applied to be allowed to unload goods during four-hour periods on Sundays and bank holidays at its Brayton outlet but Selby District Council turned down the application after residents complained it would create too much noise. The district council’s environmental health department also said the extension should not be granted because it was “necessary to protect the amenity of residents”, many of whom used their gardens on Sundays. Please see an article in the York Press, 22nd April 2011.

Hucknall, Nottingham
April 2011 - an application from a Tesco Extra superstore in Hucknall to accept deliveries throughout the night has been blocked. The supermarket giant wanted trucks to be able to drop off at its 24-hour store off Ashgate Road between 11 pm and 7 am. But members of Ashfield District Council’s planning committee decided to reject the planning application. They determined that the move would have an adverse impact on nearby residents. Please see an article in the Hucknall Dispatch, 20th April 2011.

Halfway, Sheffield  
March 2011 - the planning committee refused Tesco permission to build a new store and petrol station off Oxclose Park Road, Halfway in South East Sheffield.

Milngavie, Scotland
March 2011
 - Tesco's Appeal to the Scottish Government against refusal of planning permission by East Dunbartonshire Council for enlargement to Tesco Extra was dismissed by Reporter Trevor Croft. Solely on grounds of Setting of Conservation Area and Listed Building. In April 2010, East Dunbartonshire councillors unanimously voted to refuse the application for a new two-floor store on an existing Tesco car park and a new two-storey car park on the site of the present shop. Reasons for refusal included concerns about the size and scale of the store being proposed and impact on amenities, concerns it would be out of character with the surrounding area, the future viability of Milngavie and Bearsden town centres, and the increase in traffic and air pollution. Tesco appealed the decision. 

Urmston, Manchester
February 2011 - the Planning Development Control Committee unanimously refused the application which would have seen a 7,246 sqm supermarket built on land off Neary Way. Over 200 letters of objection had been received against the application while Salford Council had already opposed the application on the adverse impact it would have on Eccles. Concerns raised included the increase of traffic problems around Trafford Park, the economic impact on Urmston Town Centre and the affects on residents living nearby of noise, light and environmental pollution.

Moseley, Birmingham
February 2011 - the city council planning committee voted by seven to six against the plans on the grounds that the store did not have enough parking spaces, would leave surrounding roads grid-locked and see small traders leave the village. 

Redhill, Surrey
February 2011 - On 16th February, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s planning committee refused Tesco's application to build a 3,127 sq m store and 26 flats in Reading Arch Road by eleven votes to four. Planning officers recommended the scheme was refused as they feel it is "dislocated from the town Centre". 

Cardigan, Wales
February 2011 - Tesco withdrew its plans to double the size (from 22,00 sq ft to 51,000 sq ft) of its Cardigan store and expand to create a new petrol station the day before Ceredigion Council's development control committee was due to meet. Tesco expected its application to be refused. Instead, Tesco has said it wants a more modest extension and would keep its petrol station on site, rather than move it across to New Mill Road.

Bury, Lancashire
February 2011
 - the application to replace the bakery with a retail unit and 16 parking spaces was refused because access to the proposed development would be taken from Hathaway Road and would likely lead to congestion and would have a detrimental impact on highway safety and residential amenity; the proposed servicing arrangements are inadequate and are sub-standard and a number of other reasons.

Worksop, Nottinghamshire
February 2011 
- the Secretary of State announced that the appeal has been dismissed following a seven-day inquiry. On 30th December 2009, Councillors refused permission for "Vesuvius plan" - which included an Asda supermarket, a hotel, a new sports ground, a petrol station and space for further retail and business expansion. The developers appealed against the decision.

Borough Green, Kent
February 2011
 - a Government planning inspector backed Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council's original decision to refuse Esso permission to open a Tesco Express store in Brackenhill Service Station. The Inspector determined that "the main issues are the impact on the living conditions of the occupants of adjoining dwellings in terms of noise and disturbance and light pollution".

Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire
January 2011
 - South Cambridgeshire District Council's planning committee refused applications for a new shop front, a cash machine and a lit sign. The refusals came after 528 residents wrote letters of objection, accompanied by a 395-signature petition. Consent for retail use is extant and proposals for an extension were approved last year, so the store could open straight away, but the rulings are a setback for Tesco.

Wadebridge, Cornwall
January 2011
 - 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. Local retailers had set up a campaign and petition The group has handed in a 3,000-signature petition to try to prevent Cornwall Council selling Higher Trenant to Sainsbury's.

Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire
January 2011 - Councillors at Malvern District Council refused Tesco permission for a 1,440 sqm (15,000 sq ft) store at the rear of existing shops on Teme Street in Tenbury Wells. In July 2011 it was announced that Tesco intends to submit a new application.

In July 2010 - Tesco withdrew its plans for a 1,440 sqm store following Malvern District Council's decision to turn down it's application to demolish the Russell Baldwin & Bright building as they decided demolition would harm Tenbury Wells Conservation Area.

Coundon, Coventry
December 2010 - 
plans for a Tesco Express store on derelict land in Coundon were rejected by the council because of concerns that the increased traffic would be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. It is the second time Tesco has had a planning application at the site turned down. 
Keyworth, Nottinghamshire
November 2010 - 
 Rushcliffe Borough Council announced that the planning application would not be taken to the next stage of full planning committee meeting because the building, "a plate-glass monstrosity", would have been out of keeping with its surroundings; there would have been serious problems with pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and parking at the store and in nearby streets and local shops would have suffered a devastating blow to their businesses.

Bingley, Yorkshire
November 2010 - Tesco plans for a 40,000sq ft (6,000 sq metres) store on the former auction mart site in Keighley Road in Bingley were rejected by Councillors. The planning officer's report said "From the information provided, there are serious concerns that the proposed development would have an adverse impact on the future vitality and viability of Bingley town centre, particularly given existing difficult trading conditions. Furthermore, the development would prejudice the development of a sequentially preferable site, the Bradford & Bingley offices site". 

Newport, Gwent
November 2010
 - Newport Council Planning committee voted against Tesco's plans to alter windows and doors on the Black Horse Pub. The plan was thrown out despite warnings that Tesco will inevitably appeal against the decision and potentially leave the council open to costs. Officers said planning rules mean the firm can open a store on the site anyway, despite a previous application having been thrown out over concerns about parking and road safety. The plans were first rejected in April 2009 because of Councillors were concerned that it would be detrimental to the vitality and viability of nearby retail centres; insufficient parking; substandard access.

Faringdon, Oxfordshire  
October 2010
 - Vale of White Horse District Councillors refused permission for a 15,0000 sq ft Tesco store in Park Road because it would divert trade from the town centre and was on a site earmarked for industrial use. The planning officer recommended the rejection on planning grounds including i) the Park Road site was outside Faringdon’s identified town centre area in the local plan and would divert trade from the town centre ii) alternative sites on the edge of town were not properly investigated by Tesco iii) the plan involved the loss of an established industrial employment site. In 2011 Tesco submitted a revised application and in July the plans were approved.

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
October 2010 -
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles threw out Tesco's plan to increase the store's size from 5,342 square metres to 9,383 square metres. The Government inspector ruled that an extended store "would likely result in a decline in Newcastle town centre trade/turnover".

Marston Road, Oxford
September 2010 - Oxford City Council's North East area committee refused second application for a new two-storey Tesco Express store on site of Friar pub because of concerns about traffic and parking.They also questioned whether the area needed another supermarket. An application was first refused in April 2009.

However Tesco launched an appeal against the City Council's decision to refused the application.  On 10th June 2011 the Planning Inspector approved the application stating that "I do not dispute the new shop would have an impact on its surroundings...I believe the overall effect would be limited".

Partick, Glasgow
September 2010 - Tesco withdrew the proposals for a 9,950 sq m 24-hour supermarket at Beith Street. There was much public opposition. Tesco has, however, announced new plans to build a store less than a mile away at Whiteinch.

Crosby Village
September 2010 - 
Councillors turned down plans by Sainsbury's too build a new store more than 3 times bigger than the existing one by eight votes to five, despite planning officers recommending approval.

Lewes Road, Brighton
September 2010
 - following a meeting with Green Party MP Caroline Lucas Tesco announced it will not be proceeding with a store on the site of a former Esso garage and Community Garden. Tesco pointed out that it didn't own the land, and nor was it the developer.

Whitby, North Yorkshire
July 2010 - 
Councillors backed the planning officers' recommendations and rejected the Tesco plans, by 11 votes to two. They approved the Co-op extension and the Sainsbury's application, subject to 25 conditions. 

Ashton Gate, Bristol
July 2010 - 
Bristol City Councillors refused Sainsbury's permission to relocate it's Winterstoke Road store to Ashton Gate. For more information please see the campaign case study. However, in November Sainsbury’s submitted a new planning application for a relocated store. Planning officers have recommended refusal in their report on the grounds of its potentially harmful impact on other retailers in the area. On 2nd March 2011, members of the Development Control (South and East) planning committee voted by 6-1 to approve the plan.

Halesworth, Suffolk
July 2010 - 
a Planning Inspector dismissed an appeal by Tesco and refused permission for the store. Read the Appeal Decision here. Tesco lodged an appeal against Waveney District Council because it felt it had failed to make a decision on the application months after the application was submitted. For further information please see the campaign case study.
Alton, Hampshire
July 2010 - 
following a public inquiry a Planning Inspector dismissed Tesco's appeal highlighting 3 key issues -
1. Whether the edge of town proposal would cause significant harm to the
vitality and viability of the town centre;
2. Whether it is likely to provide an adequate choice of transport, or
increase reliance on the use of the motor car; and
3. Whether the resulting use of the highway network would have detrimental
effect on highway safety and the free flow of traffic.

However,Tesco submitted a further application but on 21st December. East Hampshire District Council, Planning North refused the application. In January 2011 Tesco launched an appeal. In June 2011 the Planning Inspectorate upheld Tesco's appeal granting it permission for a store at Mill Lane.

Douglas, Isle of Man
July 2010 - 
plans to extend the Tesco store in Lake Road, Douglas have been rejected by the Manx Council of Ministers. The Council agreed with an independent planning inspector following a public inquiry and rejected the extension on increased traffic grounds. A copy of the letter to parties explaining the Council of Ministers’ decision, a summary of the inspector’s conclusions, and his full report can all be found on the Isle of Man Government website

Machynlleth, Powys
June 2010 - 
on 22nd June the Welsh Assembly ruled that Tesco's planning application  for a store in  Machynlleth should be refused on safety grounds. The Welsh Assembly Government has directed Powys County Council to refuse the plans as it would lead to more road accidents. Tesco has now withdrawn their current application but has said it will resubmit a new application at a later date.

Walkley, Sheffield
June 2010- 
Tesco's appeal against a decision to refuse its plans for a single storey convenience store was rejected on on grounds of road safety, parking concerns and lack of any need for such a store. Planning Inspector Wildsmith also made reference to the effect on the local economy of a further chain store being sited in the Walkley Commonside area. 

Morpeth, Northumberland
June 2010 - 
Tesco's plans for a 20,000 sq foot store and Sainsbury's plans for a store near Stobhill were both refused planning permission at a special meeting of Northumberland County Council's North area planning committee on Monday 14th June. Councillors accepted the arguments of local people and planning officers that the Tesco and Sainsbury's bids for out-of-town sites would harm the centre of Morpeth.

Ballyclare, Northern Ireland
June 2010 - 
on the 24th June 2010 the Planning Service for Northern Ireland recommended the application for a superstore on the outskirts of Ballyclare be refused.

Manningtree, Essex
May 2010 - 
Councillors refused Tesco's plans for a supermarket in Manningtree because the design was not good enough for the area, the store would have a negative impact on the nearby high street, and the traffic it would bring to the area would cause congestion. Tesco has resubmitted plans and a decision is expected in summer 2011.

Tattershall, Lincolnshire
April 2010 - 
East Lindsey District Council's Planning Committee refused an application for a new store from Tesco. The application was refused after the committee heard objections about how the application would see the number of car parking spaces in the Market Place reduce from 13 to just five, and the negative effect this would have on other businesses in this area. However, in June Tesco launched an appeal into the decision to refuse plans.

Leek, Staffordshire
April 2010 - 
Tesco plans  to redevelop the Adams Food Ingredients plant, in Prince Street, and the adjacent former Tattons Mill, in Buxton Road and build a 47,189 sq ft store, a petrol station, offices, and a children's after-school club were rejected by Staffordshire Moorlands District Councillors on 15th April. Reasons for refusal included concerns that the proposed store would draw trade away from the town centre and could lead to an increase in the number of empty shops. Planners maintained that Tesco had not fully explored alternative town centre locations.

Dorridge, West Midlands
March 2010 - 
Solihull Council's planning committee rejected plans for a new Sainsbury's supermarket in the 1960's Forest Court precinct in Dorridge. The committee unanimously ruled out the design and scale as threatening to the “village” atmosphere. For further information please see an article in the Birmingham Mail, 12th March 2010.

Sheringham, Norfolk
March 2010- 
Tesco proposals were rejected for a third time by North Norfolk District Council. Instead Councillors approved plans for a Waitrose supermarket.This campaign is a long-standing one, please see the local campaign case study and the Save Our Sheringham website for more information. However, Tesco submitted new plans and these were approved by Councillors by 8 votes to 7 in October 2010. The Chairman had the casting vote.

Padiham, Lancashire
March 2010 - 
the Development Control committee rejected the plans for a 30,000 sq ft Tesco store by 6-2 votes traffic grounds and on the impact to other traders in the town centre.  For further information please see an article in the Burnley Citizen, 6th March 2010.

Hornchurch, Essex
February 2010 - 
plans by Tesco for an Express store on Butts Green Road were refused with a unanimous 10-0 majority. The main reasons being that there would be no parking for deliveries, refuse collection, no parking for staff nor customers thus making the store difficult to service. In June 2010 Tesco appealed against the refusal. In March 2011  the Planning Inspectorate refused the appeal by Tesco Stores to extend an existing but empty retail premises at 77-79 Butts Green Road, Hornchurch RM11 2LD in order to open it as a Tesco Express. Unfortunately the PI refusal was not on the grounds of highway safety and the severe vehicle parking problems in the road and other local roads but was refused mainly because of the detrimental effect on the living conditions of nearby residents in respect of noise and disturbance.

Sandiacre, Nottinghamshire
February 2010 - 
Tesco withdrew its application. The planning officer's report was published and recommended the application for the new 24 hour, 4,000 sq m store was refused. On the 16th February Tesco withdrew its application.

Ashtead, Surrey
February 2010 - 
Mole Valley refused a second application from Tesco.  In November 2009 Tesco submitted an application for a slightly smaller store but this was refused in February 2010. However, Tesco launched an appeal and a public inquiry was held in July 2010. On 24th August the Planning Inspector approved Tesco's application. Please see the campaign case study for more information.

Woodside Green, Croydon  
January 2010 - 
Croydon Council turned down an application from Asprey Homes to demolish The Beehive Pub and replace it with a retail unit. Planning officers ruled that the development would have resulted in an overdevelopment of the site which would have affected the character of the area. They also said that a new retail store would have overshadowed the small shopping parade and would have had a negative impact on the other businesses in Woodside. Please see an article in thisiscroydontoday, 20th January 2010.

Louth, Lincolnshire
December 2009 - 
East Lindsey District Council rejected Sainsbury's plans for a new 20,054 sq ft store on the grounds of flood risk and impact on the town centre. Please see an article in the Louth Leader, 18th December 2009.

Hanham, Bristol
December 2009
 - South Gloucestershire Council's development control committee turned down the application for a 28,000 sq ft store and 230 car parking spaces on the former Kleeneze site. Please see an article at, 11th December 2009. Local media has reported that Tesco is considering an appeal against the planning refusal.

Kirkby, Merseyside
November 2009 -
 Secretary of State John Denham upheld the planning inspectorate's decision to refuse permission to Everton Football Club and Tesco to build a new stadium and retail park in Kirkby. For further information please see the campaign case study.

Layton, Blackpool
November 2009 -
 Blackpool Council's development control committee voted unanimously to reject the application for a new 10,000 sq ft store on the site of the Windmill pub. Officers recommended the application be turned down as it would be damaging to nearby shops and go against policies aimed at protecting district shopping centres, stating that there was "no overriding need for the Tesco store in this location".

Banbridge, Northern Ireland
November 2009 - 
the Environment Minister announced that he supported the Planning Appeals Commission ruling that the 130,000 sq ft store should be turned down as it would have a potential ruinous impact on Banbridge town centre.

Ilkley, Yorkshire
August 2009 - 
Keighley Area planning panel unanimously rejected the plans for the supermarket on the grounds of the inappropriate design and materials, highways impact on residents’ amenity and said it was unacceptable in an out-of-centre location, contrary to the council’s retail strategy. However, planning officers ruled they could not cite road safety dangers as a reason to refuse the plan, as Tesco had offered to fund various highway works. Please see an article in the Ilkley Gazette, 4th August 2009 and the campaign case study. However, in 2010 Tesco launched an appeal and a public inquiry started on the 7th July 2010. In September 2010, the Planning Inspectorate overturned the Council's decision and granted Tesco planning permission.

Alton, Hampshire
July 2009 - 
East Hampshire District Councillors rejected Tesco's application to build a 3,500 sq m store on the edge of Alton, approx 1.5 miles from the centre. The planning officer recommended refusal and in July 2009 Councillors turned down the application on the grounds that the development would create traffic problems and draw people away from shopping in Alton Town Centre. Read the decision notice here.

Port Talbot, Wales 
June 2009- 
planning committee refused Tesco's application to shut its existing store and build three smaller stores, one of which would be a Tesco Express. The Council report said "the proposed site of the larger supermarket was away from the town centre, with "poor" pedestrian links and one of the "most significant impacts" would be a reduction in shoppers on foot. This would have a significant effect on the trading character of the town centre, which would result in a detrimental impact upon its vitality and viability." For further information please see an article at BBC news, 10th June 2009.

Parkhead, Sheffield  
June 2009 - 
the planning committee refused the application for a Tesco Express store on the site of the old Parkhead garage in Ecclesall Road South on the grounds that the proposed building was too big for the site. Please see an article in the Star, 9th June 2009 and the Planning Officer's report -Area Board Report (1).pdf
Bridlington, East Riding
June 2009 - 
the planning inspector refused an appeal by Esso for a Tesco Express store saying the plans would increase traffic at the site and that "given the scale of the store and its predicted turnover, the entire High Street trade in convenience goods would be in jeopardy." He said the plans for a Tesco Express store did not meet a retail need and would be an inappropriate retail development in an out of centre location likely to affect the area around High Street. Please see the campaign case study for more information.

Tavistock, Devon
May 2009 - 
the Planning Inspectorate rejected Sainsbury's appeal. In October 2008 planning permission for a new store and petrol station was refused by unanimous vote of local Councillors because the development would have a detrimental effect on the vitality of the town centre.  In December 2008 Sainsburys submitted an appeal against this decision but the appeal was dismissed in May 2009.

Middlewich, Cheshire
May 2009 - 
Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning committee formally rejected Tesco's plans for a new 20,000 sq m store, ruling that Tesco’s proposal would have an ‘unacceptable impact’ on the Middlewich conservation area and that it would adversely affect the habitat of bats. They also had reservations about the size and design. Please see the local campaign case study for further information.

Tolworth, London
April 2009 - 
Tesco withdrew plans for a store in Tolworth for the second time.

Sunninghill, Berkshire
March 2009 - 
the Planning Inspectorate rejected Tesco's appeal saying "the living conditions of homeowners living near the proposed School Road scheme would suffer if it went ahead and there were traffic issues to be considered". For more information please see the local campaign case study.

Harefield, Hillingdon
March 2009 - 
Hillingdon Council turned down plans for an Express store at the Kings Arms site, Breakspear Road North for a second time. Hillingdon Council again turned down the plans on traffic and access issues. For more information please see the local campaign case study.

February 2009 - 
Newcastle City Council's Development Control Committee refused planning permission. The Committee rejected the applications as they were considered to be fundamentally flawed and ill thought out in terms of timing, size and design. Councillors agreed with the planner’s recommendation that the proposal would negatively impact on the local environment, the heritage and character of the area, residents, shops and business in the West End of Newcastle. Please see the local campaign case study for further information.

Croxley Green
February 2009 - 
Three Rivers District Council unanimously rejected plans for an Express store on the site of an old car showroom for the fourth time. The Council ruled that the development would damage the appearance of the street scene, cause traffic congestion, and prove too cramped for residents' peace and comfort. However, Tesco appealed the decision and a public inquiry took place in September 2009. In October the Planning Inspector overruled the Council's decision and gave Tesco permission to build. Please see the campaign case study.

February 2009 - 
planning committee councillors voted overwhelmingly against Tesco's proposals to redevelop its largest store in Hull. It had wanted to demolish the existing building and replace it with a new first-floor store similar in size to the Tesco Extra at the St Stephen's centre, with car parking below.

Honiton, Devon
January 2009 - Planning Inspector dismisses Tesco's appeal, ruling that a new larger store to replace the existing store would destroy town centre shops. Parking and loss of industrial land for employ,ment were also grounds for dismissing the appeal. To view the appeal decision please go to  Please see the local campaign case study.


Frinton, Essex
December 2008 - 
Tendring District Council planning committee met on the 10th December and unanimously rejected the application as it was contrary to planning policy and because of concerns about access to the site.

Sheringham, North Norfolk
September 2008 - 
Tesco proposals are rejected by a Planning Inspector after an ongoing campaign. The Inspector upheld the decision against the store by North Norfolk District Council on the basis that it would harm the vitality, viability and retail function of the town. For further information on the long-standing campaign, please see the local campaign case study and the Save Our Sheringham website. In 2009, Tesco submitted a new application which was turned down again by the North Norfolk District Council Planning Committee in March 2010.

Andover, Hampshire
September 2008 - 
Tesco distribution centre plans rejected. Campaigners celebrated when Test Valley Borough Council rejected Tesco's proposals for what would be its largest distribution centre in Europe. For further information, please see the local campaign case study and the Stop Megasheds website.

St Albans, Hertfordshire
July 2008 - 
Tesco's application in St Albans has been rejected. The application was rejected on 1st July by St Albans City and District Council’s Planning Referrals Committee on the basis that a store of that size was unsuitable and would have had a detrimental impact. In Ferbuary 2010 Tesco finally confirmed that it was abandoning plans for a store on this site and instead focusing on moving in to the old Woolworths premises in St Albans. For further information see the campaign case study.

Helston, Cornwall
July 2008 - 
Tesco's plans to double the size of its store have been rejected. Kerrier District Council decided that the plans would have an adverse impact on local businesses in the town. For more information, see the campaign case study.

Sunninghill, Berkshire
June 2008 - 
Windsor Development Control Panel unanimously rejected proposals for a Tesco Express store in the village of Sunninghill. The Council had received more than 600 letters of objection. For further information, please see the campaign case study.

Dawlish, Devon
May 2008 - 
Tesco withdrew proposals for a new store on playing fields. For information about the proposals and the opposition to them please see the Dawlish Against Developing Sandy Lane playing fields website.

Poynton, Macclesfield
March 2008 - 
Campaigners in Poynton celebrated as Macclesfield Borough Council rejected Tesco's plans for a new store. A campaign group Poynton Against Tesco had opposed Tesco's plans for a new 17,000 sq ft store, which were registered in December 2007. For further information, please see the campaign website, an article in the Macclesfield Express on 5th March 2008, and the campaign case study.

Mill Road, Cambridge
March 2008 - 
local residents celebrated as councillors rejected Tesco proposals for Mill Road. Over 250 people attended the meeting of the East Area planning committee, and councillors voted unanimously to reject Tesco's proposals to build an extension to the rear of the proposed site. However, despite not winning planning permission for the extension the store did open in 2009, however, the store has still not been granted a license to sell alcohol. For further information please see the No Mill Road Tesco campaign website, and read the campaign case study.


Harrowgate Hill, Darlington
December 2007 - 
Councillor's rejected a revised application for a Tesco Express store. Campaigners had secured 521 objection letters and 900 petition signatures to an initial application, and a further 331 objection letters and 500 petition signatures to a revised application submitted in September 2007. The Council judged that the store would lead to a reduction in consumer choice, there was not sufficient need for the store, and that the plans were contrary to guidelines on out of town shopping. For further information about the campaign, please read the campaign case study.

Bishopston, Bristol
November 2007 - 
plans for a new Sainsbury's supermarket on the Gloucester Rd were rejected. Bristol City Council North Planning Committee voted by 10 votes to 1 at a meeting on the 28th November, 2007 against Sainsbury's plans. For further information, please see the campaign case study.

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
November 2007 - 
Tesco withdrew its planning application for a store in Harrogate. Harrogate Borough Council were due to consider the application later that month.  For further information please see the campaign case study and local campaign website. In July 2009 Tesco submitted a new application.

Higham's Park, Waltham Forest
June 2007 - 
plans for a Tesco supermarket were refused by the Secretary of State.Tesco's proposals for a mixed use development including a supermarket were originally approved by Waltham Forest Borough Council, but the Mayor of London intervened and in May 2006 the application was called-in by the Communities and Local Government Minister. A public inquiry took place in January 2007 to consider the application and in June 2007 the Secretary of State refused the application. However in September 2008 Tesco submitted new plans and in October 2009 Councillors voted 5-4 to approve the application. For further information, please read more about the campaign.

Finchley, London
April 2007 - 
Tesco plans for Express store refused by Planning Inspectorate. The plans had been refused by Barnet Council in December 2005, and were the subject of an inquiry in January 2007 after Tesco appealed. The Planning Inspectorate ruled against the store because of the impact it would have on the vitality and viability of local town centres and because it judged there was not enough need for the store. For further information, please read more about the campaign and see local media coverage.

Yiewsley, Middlesex
March 2007 - Tesco plans for a store refused by Planning Inspectorate. The London Borough of Hillingdon  refused the application in October 2005 following which Tesco appealed. A planning inquiry took place in January 2007 with the involvement of local campaigners. In April the Inspector decided against the application. However, the Council finally approved a revised application from Tesco in September 2009.

March 2007 - 
Tesco plans rejected. On 13th March the Planning Committee voted to refuse an application for Tesco's fourth Tesco in Inverness. The planning officers had recommended the plans for refusal. For more information please read more about the campaign.

Guisborough, South Tees
February 2007 - 
Tesco has withdrawn plans for a 30,000 square foot store in Guisborough. More than 1000 local people had objected to the plans during a period of public consultation.

Great Torrington, Devon

December 2006 - Torridge District Council has refused Tesco's application for a store on playing fields. Local campaigners celebrated the decision. For more information see an article in the Sunday Telegraph.

Trafford, Greater Manchester
November 2006 - 
Tesco's application for a new store on playing fields was refused. A Public Inquiry took place in September 2006, and groups which had been opposing the application took part in the Inquiry. The Planning Inspector's refusal of this application shows how much local campaigners can make a difference. The Inspector used evidence gathered by the local group to show how much impact the store might have on local shops. According to a local shopkeeper and campaigner, "contrary to how we often feel, there is a real opportunity to make our voices heard in these cases. I feel we have been listened to and we have made a difference and it's a process definitely worth getting involved with, even though it does seem a bit daunting." For forther information please read more on the campaign and a summary of the Inspector's decision

Bridgnorth, Shropshire
October 2006 - 
The Council abandoned a land agreement with Tesco. This agreement, signed in 2003, has prevented alternative development options for the town, despite Tesco's application being quashed by the High Court in 2005. Tesco reapplied in 2006, and campaigners launched Bridgnorth Against a Second Supermarket. The application was refused in July 2006 and the land agreement abandoned in October 2006.

October 2006 - 
Darlington Borough Council cancelled plans with Tesco for a redevelopment of the town centre. The plans would have included Tesco building a store on the site of the current Town Hall and building a replacement Town Hall. A consultation exercise carried out by the Council emphatically illustrated that the community did not want this development, and a strong Say No to Tesco campaign was started by traders and residents.

Ruthin, Denbighshire
October 2006 - 
18 out of 21 of the members of Denbighshire Council's planning Committee voted to refuse Tesco's application for an extension to its new store in the market town of Ruthin, in October 2006. The original store was approved in September 2005 and opened in August 2006, following which Tesco quickly applied for further planning permission to extend the store.

Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
August 2006 - 
The Secretary of State refused Tesco's application for a store extension in Burnham-on-Sea. She agreed with the recommendations of the Planning Inspector who argued that the application was out of scale with the location and that its impact would not be acceptable. For further information, please see a summary of the main arguments of the Inspector and Secretary of State.

Worthing, Sussex
July 2006 - 
Campaigners celebrated when a Planning Inspector rejected Asda's plans. The Inspector agreed that the proposals, which would have involved an Asda superstore and a new building for Worthing College, would have a negative impact on nearby shops, and stated that there was insufficient need for the store. The Inspector also argued that the impact of the store would be greater because of Asda's status as a chain retailer with significant buyer power. For further information, please read more about Worthing, see a summary of the main argumentsused by the Planning Inspector, and see the Inspector's full decision notice.

Dartford, Kent
July 2006 - 
Tesco's controversial development plans were refused by the Secretary of State. The plans, submitted by a developer,  were for a regeneration scheme in Dartford involving one of the the largest Tesco hypermarkets in the UK. A key element of the local opposition to the plans and to the Public Inquiry was the plan to build a road through a popular local park. For further information, please read more about the campaign in Dartford, see a summary of the Planning Inspector's arguments.

Queen's Market, London
June 2006 -
 Asda withdrew from unpopular plans to redevelop the East London market,, which recent research by the New Economics Foundation has shown is a crucial source of social and economic benefits to the area. Newham Council plan to long-lease the market to developers St Modwens, who planned to bring in Asda. There have been celebrations at the market over the Council's announcement that Asda is withdrawing from the plans. For further information please read more about the campaign in Queen's Market.

Holmbush, Sussex
Campaigners in Holmbush were successful in achieving a 20% rate reduction for  businesses in the town that appealed, following a trade impact survey which generated over 100 rateable value appeals from local businesses. For further information, please read more about the campaign in Holmbush.

Newington Green, London
January 2006 - 
Newington Green Action Group successfully fought a development proposal in Newington Green, North London. A development in the Conservation Area was already taking place, but the group fought proposals to include a supermarket in the development, and first Islington Council then the Planning Inspectorate agreed that the impact of this would be too high. For further information, please see a summary of the Inspector's main arguments and the decision notice.