Campaigning to curb supermarket power


In October 2011 Cheddar Football Club announced plans to sell their ground to Tesco and move to a new, state-of-the-art facility open to the public if planning permission for a supermarket on the Bowden's Park ground is granted.

Residents were concerned that the development may create more traffic in the village and hurt local traders. A Tesco Express has already wiped out all the other local food shops except one which is a small Budgens which residents feel is more than adequate for the village.



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Somerset GB

Campaign Updates

5 September 2014
Sainsbury's still unsure about start date
17 January 2014
Sainsbury's decision faces Judicial Review

 A judicial review is now in the pipeline. It is expected to focus on how the impact on Cheddar businesses has not been properly assessed. It cannot be lodged until a legal agreement called the Section 106 agreement has been finalised. The Section 106 allows a local planning authority to enter into a legally-binding agreement or planning obligation with a land developer over a related issue, which is often to fund necessary improvements elsewhere.

7 January 2014
Sainsburys plans still to be finalised

Final plans for a Sainsbury's supermarket are still being worked out, 11 months after the company was granted planning permission. This was subject to the store providing subsidised free parking in the village centre for three to five years and preparing a village improvement plan, which includes grants to revitalise shopfronts. A spokesman for the store said it is still working out details on the section 278 agreement on changes to the highways.


4 March 2013
Tesco plans rejected

Tesco was refused permission because their plans to set up shop on Cheddar AFC's Bowdens Park ground could not be justified outside the settlement boundary.

14 January 2013
Sainsbury's plans approved

Sainsbury's plans for a supermarket at Steart Farm were approved by Sedgmoor District councillors subject to an agreement to provide community facilities.

12 December 2011
Tesco and Cheddar FC submit plans