Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Cinderford, Gloucestershire

A developer submitted an application to build a 4,700 sq m superstore off Steam Mills Road. Asda confirmed it plans to take the new supermarket in Steam Mills Road.

In October Rothdean and Sainsbury’s hosted a public exhibition on a proposal for a new store, petrol station and housing and submitted an outline planning application to the Forest of Dean District Council.

A campaign group " No Asda in Cinderford" was set up.

The Mid-Counties Co-operative tried to block Asda's plans. The Co-operative applied for the decision to be quashed via a judicial review.


Tesco has a long history with the town, dating back to 1997 when it won planning permission to build a 35,000sqft store off Valley Road. The scheme was called in by then Environment Secretary John Prescott and was thrown out after a public inquiry. Tesco then set its sights on the Dockham Road rugby ground and got planning permission in 2006. That bid stalled at the High Court in May 2007 when neighbours Co-op won a judicial review because it owned land needed for an access road. An agreement with the rugby club then fell through when the club entered into a 10-year sponsorship deal with Tesco rival Co-op, scuppering their plans for development.

United Kingdom
51° 50' 23.1432" N, 2° 21' 19.3788" W
Gloucestershire GB

Campaign Updates
Cinderford, Gloucestershire

4 July 2017
Supermarket deal to be signed by end of year

Developers are confident of signing a supermarket deal for Cinderford by the end of this year after winning one of the toughest planning battles in retail history. Trilogy boss Patrick Stones is poised to talk to Asda and Morrisons about the Steam Mills site after Midcounties Co-operative gave up the fight to stop a new supermarket opening in Cinderford.

21 March 2017
Mid counties Co-operative launch new legal challenge against Asda plans
11 January 2017
Co-op lawyers challenge latest Cinderford supermarket proposals

After a number of failed legal battles over a proposed store on land at the junction with High Street and Valley Road, Asda stepped back from the fray in May 2015. However, in October 2016 local planners approved an application from developers Trinity Developments (Berkeley) Ltd, this time without a supermarket retailer attached

6 October 2016
New application for site
21 June 2016
New application for Asda store

An application to put a superstore on the former Asda site at Steam Mills is poised to be considered by councillors this summer. Both Asda and Tesco have tried and failed to open a store in the town over the last few decades after being thwarted by opposition from the Co-op.


28 August 2015
liquidation of the developer behind the Asda supermarket plans
4 March 2015
Plans at High Court for a third time

Mr Justice Singh is expected to reserve his decision tomorrow in order to give a written judgment at a later date.

3 October 2014
Co-op successful in legal challenge
10 September 2014
Co-op launches latest legal challenge

Midcounties Co-operative is locked in a battle with Forest of Dean District Council over plans for a new 4,600 square metre store in Steam Mills Road. The Co-op has launched its latest High Court appeal over concerns Asda will spell the death of the High Street, will damage trade at its own store and claims planning permission awarded to its potential rival is legally flawed.


13 May 2014
New plans submitted by Asda


10 January 2014
Government decides not to call in plans

Asda's new plans clear a major hurdle with Government deciding against ‘calling in’ the scheme for closer scrutiny. There’s now a six-week period during which another legal challenge could be lodged, but if no such contest emerges, Asda hopes to have spades in the ground as early this summer.

4 July 2013
Co-op wins legal challenge

The Co-op, which already has a store in the town, applied for a Judicial Review and a judge at the Hgh Court has ruled in their favour.

31 January 2012
Sainsbury's plans refused

In favour of Asda's plans at Steam Mills Road. Forest of Dean District Council's Development Control Committee was advised by planning officers to choose the Asda proposals as the Rothdean site Sainsbury's wanted to develop has been earmarked for housing.