Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Clarendon Park, Leicester

Tesco has confirmed it plans to open a new store on the site of a former Barclay's bank – just seven months after denying it had any interest in the building.

Residents and traders in Clarendon Park, Leicester, have received letters from Tesco informing them about the proposal for one of its Express stores. People who live and work in the area, which is renowned for its independent shops, have expressed alarm at the prospect and are also concerned about increased traffic in the area.

A campaign group "tescoqueensroadsayno" has been set up. Please follow them on Twitter @clarendonresis or at their Facebook page 'TescoQueensRoadSAYNO' 

 

Leicestershire
United Kingdom
52° 36' 19.1376" N, 1° 7' 55.5852" W
Leicestershire GB

Campaign Updates
Clarendon Park, Leicester

19 May 2015
Tesco abandons plans
18 February 2015
Planning inspector upholds parts of the refusal

Planning inspector Roger Catchpole said the authority was wrong to deny permission to fit an external chiller unit, he upheld the other parts of the refusal. Mr Catchpole accepted the argument of the council and the campaigners that significant increase in the number of large delivery goods vehicles supplying the store would “not only affect the free flow of traffic but would also compound the underlying risk to pedestrians.

 

17 November 2014
Public inquiry commences
18 September 2014
Tesco launches appeal

Tesco is to appeal after the city council turned down part of its plans for a new store in Clarendon Park. Planning officials refused three out of six applications made by the supermarket chain for the former Barclays bank building, in Queen’s Road.

 

19 May 2014
Council rejects 3 of Tesco's 6 applications

Tesco has said it might appeal after Leicester City Council turned down part of its plans. Planning officials refused three out of six applications made by the supermarket chain for the former Barclays bank building, in Queen's Road. The city council's planning committee rejected plans for a cash machine outside the store, an external chiller and air conditioning units. The committee did, however, approve applications to replace entrance doors and windows, to install a canopy and for signage outside the building.

 

27 February 2014
Tesco submits plans
7 January 2014
Over 200 people attend public meeting
1 December 2013
Protest held

Over 2,000 people have signed a petition against the plans.

5 November 2013
Public meeting held

Castle ward city councillors Neil Clayton and Patrick Kitterick are organising a public meeting at the Friends Meeting House, in Queens Road to discuss how to fight the proposal.