Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Blackwood, Caerphilly

The council refused the original bid from Develica in November 2008, saying there was no demand for another supermarket in Blackwood and trade would be drawn away from the town centre. Develica appealed, claiming it would not affect the viability of the town centre. The matter went to a planning inquiry as the developers wanted to lift this planning restriction, which would enable the empty units to be used for food retail. 

In August 2009 the Planning inspectorate for Wales Inspector backed Caerphilly council's view that building a supermarket at Blackwood Gate Retail Park went against policy as the site can only be used for retail warehousing and leisure, saying there was a real risk the proposal would harm town centre trade.


United Kingdom
51° 34' 28.2324" N, 3° 14' 17.592" W
Caerphilly GB

Campaign Updates
Blackwood, Caerphilly

19 January 2017
Plans for former supermarket site approved

Plans to transform a former supermarket site left derelict for a decade in the heart of Blackwood have been approved. Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning committee granted the plans for the site in Market Place, which is set to become two new shops as well as a leisure centre under the Simply Gym brand.

16 March 2012
Morrisons plans rejected