Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

In December 2010 a proposal to build a 25,000 sq ft Morrisons supermarket and 269 car -park spaces on the site of the Cattle Market was lodged with Monmouthshire Council.

The Keep Abergavenny Livestock Market (KALM) group were strongly opposed to the plans. Abergavenny town council rejected plans to demolish the existing cattle market to make way for the Morrisons store at a meeting in May 2011. But in June Councillors on Monmouthshire County Council's planning committee agreed to demolish the livestock market to make way for a new supermarket. Please see an article at BBC News, 15th June 2011.



United Kingdom
51° 49' 7.6908" N, 2° 59' 57.3648" W
Monmouthshire GB

Campaign Updates
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

22 September 2016
Morrisons and MCC finalise deal for Abergavenny town centre supermarket

Monmouthshire County Council revealed that it had signed a lease to finalise plans for a supermarket to be built on the Cattle Market site in Abergavenny. The agreement will now enable the process to begin.

1 February 2013
Legal battle lost

Kalm said they would no longer challenge legal decisions which mean moving the market 10 miles (16km) away. Kalm had been intending to make further legal challenges, but it finally admitted it had taken the legal battle as far as it could. In 2012 KALM lost two judicial reviews in their fight to retain the historic 1860s market. Please see an article at BBC News, 24th February 2013.

1 August 2012
The struggle continues

KALM won the right to have two legal challenges heard in the High Court in Cardiff in October. Solicitors acting for Keep Abergavenny Livestock Market (KALM) initiated legal proceedings against Monmouthshire council in January to get planning permission for a Morrisons supermarket on the Livestock Market site, quashed. KALM is challenging the process by which Morrisons was granted permission.

The group is also challenging Welsh Minister Carl Sargeant's decision to repeal ancient acts that mean the council is obliged to hold a livestock market in the town. KALM say the Welsh Government failed to demand evidence from the council to justify lifting the acts.

1 March 2012
Law repealed

A report commissioned by the Civic Society on the future of Abergavenny livestock market said it would be cheaper to redevelop the existing site than build a new mart elsewhere. In January, the Welsh government agreed to Monmouthshire council's request to repeal 150-year-old laws requiring it to provide a market in the town centre. Please see an article at BBC News, 22nd March 2012. The order repealing the laws came into force in June. Please see an article in the South Wales Argus, 9th June 2012.