Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire

The Bishop's Waltham Action Group (BWAG) was set up to oppose Sainsbury's plans to develop a store of 35,000 sq ft in Bishop's Waltham.

January 2009- the Parish Council confirmed that Sainsbury's had bought land on the Abbey Mill site and was planning to build a new supermarket on the site.


United Kingdom
50° 56' 3.12" N, 1° 14' 39.1272" W
Hampshire GB

Campaign Updates
Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire

13 October 2015
Site put up for sale
11 June 2015
Sainsbury's pulls out of plans
14 November 2014
Sainsbury's says it still plans to go ahead with store

A 40-week construction programme has been submitted to Winchester City Council, although a start date is yet to be confirmed.

1 November 2013
Sainsbury's still plans to build store
22 May 2012
CPRE undertake local food study

 Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) announced it will look at how the new store will affect local food producers and retailers.

7 April 2011
Plans approved

 Councillors at Winchester City Council approved the plans, but the voting was controversially tied at four votes each, with the chairman Councillor Robert Johnston getting the deciding vote and giving the supermarket the green light. 

5 July 2010
Planning application submitted

To Winchester City Council.  2,000 objection letters  and a 5,000 signature petition were sent to the council.