Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Carlisle, Cumbria

In October 2007 Tesco lost its appeal to build a supermarket on stilts in Viaduct Estate, Carlisle. The Communities Secretary ruled against the scheme for a 71,000sq ft store with parking underneath. The Secretary of State argued that its size would detract from the historic setting, close to the City walls. She also said that allowing a large Tesco would, by soaking up demand, prevent a supermarket from being built on the City Council’s preferred site in Morton. But according to the News and Star Tesco has secured the outline permission, subject to conditions, needed to create a smaller 40,000sq ft shop on the same site.

United Kingdom
54° 53' 49.7184" N, 2° 56' 0.06" W
Cumbria GB

Campaign Updates
Carlisle, Cumbria

21 March 2017
Tesco owned Horse and Farrier pub still up for sale
6 May 2016
Lidl revisiting plans for store on Warwick Road
4 April 2016
Tesco scraps plans for Horse and Farrier pub
15 January 2016
City Council buys former Tesco site

Derelict land where a new Tesco store was planned could now be turned into shops and homes as part of major regeneration proposals for Carlisle.

1 August 2014
Tesco reviewing plans for Morton site
1 August 2014
Despite no work on pub in 3 years Tesco say they will open the store

The supermarket chain won planning consent in January 2011 for a 4,350sq ft store on the bowling green behind the Grade II-listed pub. As a condition, it had to repair the building and market it as a pub for six months. Three years later, the Horse and Farrier remains boarded up and there is no sign of a new store. 

15 April 2014
Aldi plans delayed

Because people living opposite would never manage to get there. The proposal had been recommended for approval, despite earlier claims that the city is “saturated with supermarkets”. City planners have now delayed the multi-million pound project, which would see the supermarket built on land off Dalston Road, after a site visit. They described how busy the road is after members were forced to wait 15 minutes to cross without an opportunity.

21 November 2013
Land deal still not signed

It was confirmed six months ago that Tesco had been chosen to develop a site earmarked for a 90,000sq ft store in Carlisle.But the negotiations between  Tesco and the city council, which owns the land at Morton, are ongoing. But as well as Tesco taking on the land at Morton, it also includes land in Viaduct Estate, where Tesco has permission for a supermarket, transfer to the council.

11 May 2013
Tesco selected to develop land at Morton

Tesco selected to develop land earmarked for a 90,000sq ft store, on a 12-acre site backing onto Ellesmere Way.

9 November 2011
Tesco interested in buying land at Morton

Tesco is among six supermarket chains to have expressed interest in buying land at Morton, Carlisle, earmarked for a new superstore. 

28 January 2010
Tesco submit revised plans

Tesco submitted revised plans to open a store at the Horse and Farrier in Wigton Road. It has already tried once to secure planning permission for the former Horse & Farrier pub site but withdrew its application in July last year after local concerns.

In March 2010, the City Council staged an exhibition of its plans for a 88,0000 sq ft supermarket on agricultural land off Wigton Road. The council owns the land and is consulting residents before it applies to itself for outline planning consent. It will then sell the site to a supermarket chain. Please see an article in the News and Star, 4th March 2010. In April 2011 the city council confirmed they have received a number of inquiries from supermarket chains and developers about taking on the land. Planning permission was granted in December 2010 for a store at Wigton Road. Whoever buys the 12-acre plot will come back with a detailed planning application.

In June 2011 the city council agreed that three units at St Nicholas Gate Retail Park, in London Road, could be made into a 46,300sq ft food store. Councillors ignored the advice of planning officers in approving the scheme. The intention is to use two empty units, formerly occupied by MFI, and the Brantano footwear store next door. A second planning application for a larger supermarket, incorporating the old Focus DIY store, was turned down.

5 October 2009
City council to apply for planning permission

Carlisle City Council confirmed it is to apply for planning permission for a supermarket at Morton as it believes the best way for the council to get the highest price for the land from a developer is to get planning consent first. The authority has earmarked land that it owns off Wigton Road as suitable for a large food store, probably of around 50,000sq ft.

1 June 2009
Tesco secures final planning apploval

But building work has been put on hold while discussions continue about the building the supermarket at Morton instead.