Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Cardigan, Dyfed

In 2010, Tesco announced plans to double the size (from 22,00 sq ft to 51,000 sq ft) of its Cardigan store and expand to create a new petrol station. Tesco had bought land near to the store at New Mill Road to provide the space it needed. Local traders and the Chamber of Commerce were concerned that the two developments will have a serious effect on independent traders. 

Around 300 local people have successfully raised finance to purchase a prime town centre site and turn it into retail units and a car-park for shoppers. 


United Kingdom
52° 4' 52.2984" N, 4° 38' 20.3172" W
Ceredigion GB

Campaign Updates
Cardigan, Dyfed

18 November 2014
Sainsbury's pull out
6 June 2011
Tesco's extension approved
10 March 2011
Sainsbury's plans approved

Despite a 3,000-signature petition and 164 letters objecting to the development, the development control committee approved the detailed planning application.

1 March 2011
Sainsburys plan another store

Sainsbury's is also planning a new store and petrol station and has submitted a revised planning application which proposes to create a petrol station and a 40,000 sq ft supermarket – 13,000 sq ft larger than originally planned. The Sainsburys application was deferred to get more information on subsidence dangers, traffic flow for the Welsh Assembly and other technical factors.

7 February 2011
Tesco withdraws plans

Days before Ceredigion Council's development control committee was due to meet. Tesco expected its application to be refused. Instead, Tesco has said it wants a more modest extension and would keep its Days petrol station on site, rather than move it across to New Mill Road.