Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Basingstoke, Hampshire

In 2006 Ruth Kelly, the then Secretary of State for communities and local government, granted B&Q outline planning permission to develop the 3.3-hectare brownfield site. Tesco subsequently bought the land in 2008 and announced a £35million scheme for a 5,574 sq m food store.

In May 2011 Tesco consulted on plans for a supermarket on the site. Local residents formed a campaign group to oppose the plans "Stop Tesco at Brighton Hill, Basingstoke".


United Kingdom
51° 15' 55.2672" N, 1° 4' 26.0904" W
Hampshire GB

Campaign Updates
Basingstoke, Hampshire

9 January 2015
Tesco withdraws plans
10 November 2014
Tesco submit new supermarket bid
5 September 2014
Tesco hold public exhibition of new store plans

And 48 homes.

10 July 2014
Tesco to submit revised plans

Tesco plan to submits proposals for a smaller store, around two thirds the size of the one originally suggested.

3 April 2013
Tesco lose appeal

Planning Inspector 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.


19 February 2013
Public Inquiry started
1 October 2012
Tesco launch an appeal
25 July 2012
Plans refused

Despite planning officer recommendation to approve plans. Plans refused because of the effect on local shops and concerns about £4.2million worth of highway improvements.

1 March 2012
Tesco submit new plans
1 September 2011
Tesco submits plans for a supermarket

Then withdraw them.

1 February 2010
Tesco DIY store approved
1 July 2009
Tesco withdraw plans

Withdrawn because there were outstanding technical issues and highway concerns and a failure to reach agreement over developer contributions to infrastructure.