Keep Chorlton Interesting was born out of the No Tesco campaign during 2007-08. Redevelopment of Chorlton’s shopping precinct has been on the cards for many years. Built in the 1970’s, it is fairly typical of its time, and perhaps a bit neglected. But it is well-used, home to a mixture of independents, smallish chains, and a Boots and a Quality Save.
In December 2007, Manchester Councillors voted unanimously to refuse the application to build the store. This area is well served by a range of thriving and award-winning independent stores and there has been widespread local opposition to the Tesco application. According to the Planning Committee Chairman this application received the most objections he could remember. The local councillors and MP also opposed the application.
However, in his report the Planning Inspector Paul Crysell stated that he believes that the development would not: "undermine the vitality and viability of Chorlton District Centre" and that whilst he appreciated "the wish of many people to maintain the integrity and interest of Chorlton as a shopping destination" he does not "consider the proposed development would damage the quality or character of the Centre."