Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Braintree, Essex

In 2008 Tesco submitted proposals to enlarge the stores at Great Notley and Marks Farm in Braintree. Braintree Council planning officers had recommended that the authority’s planning committee approve Tesco's proposals but Councillors sought more expert advice before making the decision. Councillors asked for an independent retail consultant to report back specifically on the scale of the bigger stores and their potential impact on Braintree town centre. Numerous residents, along with the Braintree Town Centre Strategy Group and Braintree Chamber of Trade, opposed the Tesco plans for various reasons, including traffic congestion, noise and impact on other businesses.

In August 2012 Sainsbury's submitted plans to Braintree District Council and are now open for public consultation. Sainsbury's bought the industrial estate for £5 million and has said it will move local businesses on the estate into refurbished premises or help them to relocate nearby.

United Kingdom
51° 52' 48.3132" N, 0° 33' 3.3372" E
Essex GB

Campaign Updates
Braintree, Essex

3 February 2016
Aldi plans opposed by Council planning officers

Aldi submitted plans for a 12,000 sq ft store at the entrance of the Skyline 120 business park in Great Notley in May 2015.

17 July 2015
Sainsbury's still undecided about lodging an appeal at the High Court

Sainsbury's has still not decided whether to appeal a planning application rejected by the Secretary of State.



26 June 2015
Planning Minister upholds decision

of Braintree Council to reject the plans. This leaves Sainsbury's a further 6 weeks to lodge an appeal at the High Court.

16 September 2014
Councillors say that if Sainsbury's win appeal it will impact on housing
20 May 2014
Sainsbury's lodge an appeal
19 November 2013
Sainsbury's plans refused

Members of Braintree Council’s planning committee went with officers’ recommendations and voted to refuse the planning application for the Broomhills Industrial Estate.The majority of councillors chose to support Braintree Council's policy to protect the town centre. 

2 July 2013
Decision postponed

Sainsbury's has confirmed it would appeal if planning permission is refused for the redevelopment of Broomhills Industrial Estate in Braintree. The planning committee was due to decide the Sainsbury’s application, but it was withdrawn from the agenda for the second time since March after Sainsbury’s disputed points made in a report by planning officers.

19 March 2013
Decision delayed

Braintree District Council decided to delay making a decision on the Sainsbury's application.