Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Areley Kings, Worcestershire

Campaigners in Areley Kings say they will fight plans by Tesco to replace the village pub with a Tesco Express store. Tesco has taken a lease from Punch Taverns for the Squirrel Inn and could open at the Areley Common site later this year. Planning applications are likely to be submitted in the coming weeks, during which the Squirrel will continue to trade.



United Kingdom
52° 16' 32.79" N, 2° 17' 54.7656" W
Worcestershire GB

Campaign Updates
Areley Kings, Worcestershire

19 April 2017
Fresh plans could be in pipeline

Tesco has submitted a Lawful Development Certificate application to determine exactly what they have permission to do on the site of The Squirrel Inn. Once this is established, Tesco will decide what it wants to do with the site – including finding another retail company to run it as a convenience store. But a spokesman confirmed Tesco itself will not open one of its own stores there.

20 January 2015
Tesco win appeal

The Planning Inspector, Mrs Vyse, accepted that there would be a “significant increase” in traffic but was satisfied with Tesco’s proposed conditions to control delivery times and vehicles, implement a ‘one way in and one way out’ access and provide on-site parking and loading bays. She also added that the local highways authority raised no concerns about highways and pedestrian safety. Mrs Vyse also considered other concerns raised by objectors to the store including an increase in noise and disturbance but concluded that the overall benefits of the scheme outweighed any adverse impact suffered. She did acknowledge the strong local feeling against this proposal and noted that residents would be disappointed with the decision.

18 December 2014
One-day public hearing
23 October 2014
Tesco appeal decision
22 June 2014
Campaigners meet to discuss next steps

Tesco is yet to confirm whether or not it will appeal against the decision to refuse its planning application to extend the Squirrel Pub.

20 May 2014
Plans refused

Councillors at Wyre Forest District Council's planning committee voted to refuse the application 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.

14 May 2014
Wyre Forest MP meets with Government planning minister

to discuss proposals for a Tesco Express.

13 March 2014
Over 100 people attend public meeting