Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Christchurch, Dorset

Plans for a new Morrisons supermarket at the Beagle site in Stony Lane were unveiled to residents in Christchurch – for the third time in August 2013.

Simons Group, which is handling the application on behalf of Morrisons, then withdrew an appeal over the refusal decision earlier this year.

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Campaign Updates
Christchurch, Dorset

16 June 2015
Morrisons developer win appeal

Last month, a planning inspector allowed an appeal by Beagle over Christchurch council's refusal of the food store scheme. Inspector Alwyn Nixon, also ordered the council to pay partial costs, after he found them to have acted 'unreasonably'. His report criticised planning committee members, saying their reasons for refusal were unsubstantiated.

15 June 2015
Developers of Asda scheme put site up for sale
19 March 2015
Appeal decision due next week
20 February 2015
Public inquiry starts
5 February 2015
Dates for planning appeal hearings in late February

The appeal hearings for the supermarket schemes at Beagle Technology and Meteor Retail Park in Somerford will take place later this month at Christchurch council

23 September 2014
Detailed plans for Asda store well underway

Detailed plans for the approved Asda food store development in Christchurch are “well advanced”. Developer Quantum, whose development at Bailey Drive, off Barrack Road was approved in 2012, says they hope to submit their reserved matters application for the supermarket “very shortly”.


19 September 2014
Morrisons launches appeal
5 September 2014
Developers win appeal

The Meteor Retail Park site off Somerford Road was refused permission earlier this year for revised plans. The appeal inspector has allowed the appeal, saying the proposals would not have a ‘significant adverse effect on the vitality and viability of the town centre’.


17 February 2014
Asda supermarket to proceed as planned
23 January 2014
Morrisons plans rejected

 Arguments for rejection centred on the impact on the Christchurch town centre as well as local conservation concerns,

17 January 2014
Morrisons application recommended for approval
4 December 2013
Decision deferred until the new year
2 December 2013
Morrison's plans recommended for approval

If granted permission, the supermarket on the site of Beagle Technology in Stony Lane will be the third to be given the go-ahead in Christchurch in the past 12 months. It is the third time the application, has come before the committee, having been refused twice in the past, with one of those decisions scrapped by the council and retaken before it was rejected for a second time.

15 October 2013
100 objections to new Morrisions plans submitted
8 October 2012
Plans refused for second time

There are now two floors instead of three, the building is now the same height as the existing facility and developers say they have moved the building to the back of the site away from the main road.