Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Andover, Hampshire

Residents in Andover, Hampshire launched a campaign "STOP [Stop Tesco's Oversized Plan]" to oppose Tesco's plans to build its largest distribution centre in Europe on the outskirts of the town.

In September 2008, campaigners celebrated when Test Valley Borough Council rejected the proposals by 13 votes to 11.  In early November 2008,  Goodman, the deveoloper of Andover Airfield, announced that it has terminated its contract with Tesco for the airfield site - please see an article on BBC news, 5th November 2008.  However, an article in the Guardian on the 3rd December reported that on the 1st December Councillors approved developers' plans for the site.

In September 2009, the Co-operative Group announced that it would be the new occupant of the regional distribution centre but at 500,000 sq ft it will be 42% smaller than the 863,000 sq ft "megashed" building given permission in December. Please see an article in the Andover Advertiser, 11th September 2009. At the end of November, the developer, Goodman, submitted a planning application which included 468,160 sq ft regional distribution centre for the Co-op.

In January 2013, plans were submitted for another distribution centre by Goodman. The application seeks to amend an existing planning consent for the business park in order to provide a large building as an alternative to a number of smaller units at the back of the site.

United Kingdom
51° 12' 30.9744" N, 1° 29' 24.0756" W
Hampshire GB

Campaign Updates
Andover, Hampshire

11 November 2016
Sainsbury's pulls out
16 February 2016
Sainsbury's confirms plans for store
27 March 2013