Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Bath, Somerset

Tesco and St James’s Investments Ltd submitted a detailed planning application for a store on the former Bath Press site which will comprise retail, commercial, community and residential uses.  A planning application on the former Bath Press site at Lower Bristol Road, was first submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council in August 2010. But later withdrawn.

New plans were then submitted in July 2011. In November 2011 Council chiefs defended the length of time it has taken them to deal with the plans.

On 12th March  2012 Tesco and St James Investments withdrew their planning applications.

April 2011 - the Council confirmed that officers were still in discussion with the developers over a number of issues. The Royal United Hospital has formally objected to the plans, warning that increased congestion could hold up ambulances delivering emergency patients. Traffic concerns have also been raised by the Federation of Bath Residents' Associations.

United Kingdom
51° 22' 32.8836" N, 2° 21' 35.6544" W
Somerset GB

Campaign Updates
Bath, Somerset

13 January 2016
Plans for nearly 250 homes and business space at former Bath Press site get the go-ahead
16 October 2015
Old Bath factory site destined for housing as Tesco sells land

The site is among 14 development sites run by Spenhill, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tesco, to be sold off in a £250 million deal to Meyer Bergman.


19 May 2015
Tesco submit mixed use residential and office development
22 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.

6 September 2013
Tesco's application to be decided by Eric Pickles

The Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that an appeal made by the supermarket to build a large store at the Lower Bristol Road site will be referred to Mr Pickles, who is Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Government Inspector George Baird, who held a nine-day public inquiry into the appeal earlier this summer, was due to make a decision this week on Tesco’s proposals but he will now submit a recommendation for Mr Pickles to decide on.

26 August 2013
Sainsbury's plan redevelopment of Green Park
8 July 2013
Public inquiry starts after Tesco appeal decision
14 January 2013
Application refused

Bath and North East Somerset Council’s development control committee 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.

9 May 2012
Tesco submits application for third time

Tesco submitted new plans for the third time but without development partner, St James Investments.

3 January 2011
Petition handed in

 A petition signed by nearly 900 residents against the development was handed to the council.