Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

In Chesterfield there is a campaign "SAVE THE CRISPIN" which is looking to challenge a change of use of a community pub to a Tesco Express.  Residents have gathered a petition, against the proposals, signed by over 1,000 people.

Concerned councillors discussed the issue at their last meeting and are waiting for the results of a meeting between Save the Pub group chair Greg Mulholland and Community Pubs minister Brandon Lewis before taking any further action. The MP, Toby Perkins, has written to major supermarket chains calling on them to stop ‘predatory purchasing’ pubs up and down the country.

In March four out of six applications concerning The Crispin Inn were turned down by town planners. Two applications were approved, for the installation of various signs on site. Others - to install plant equipment, fit a cash machine, make alterations and create an extension as well as disabled access ramp - were rejected.

United Kingdom
53° 15' 7.4484" N, 1° 25' 41.6028" W
Derbyshire GB

Campaign Updates
Chesterfield, Derbyshire

10 December 2014
Tesco withdraws plans

Chesterfield MP Toby hailed a united effort as he shared the news that the community campaign to save the Crispin public house from being closed and turned into a Tesco had been successful. Tesco phoned the Chesterfield MP to confirm that the Crispin Pub on Ashgate Road was no longer to be included in their plans for redevelopment as a Local store.

5 August 2013
Tesco plans refused again

Chesterfield Borough Council turned down Tesco’s plan for an Express store on the site of the The Crispin pub for the second time. Tesco can turn the pub into a store without planning consent, but has submitted two applications to demolish a conservatory and build an extension and for front and side alterations to the building.Councillors voted against the plans on the grounds of noise and traffic congestion.

24 March 2013
Four applications rejected
4 February 2013
Public meeting held