Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire

Sainsbury’s wants to open  a Sainsbury's Local, to be located within a car park at the Badminton Arms pub, which has sparked fury among independent traders who fear they will be unable to compete with supermarket prices.

Shopkeepers on neighbouring Lower Stone Close and Woodend Road launched  a campaign against the plans, by Box Property Group, and a petition signed by 585 people has been lodged with council planners. However, the council’s planning department has recommended the 397square metre store goes ahead in line with its Core Strategy which supports sustainable development.

Nearly 450 people have written to the council to object to the plans.

United Kingdom
51° 31' 36.4728" N, 2° 28' 22.6344" W
Gloucestershire GB

Campaign Updates
Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire

8 May 2014
Plans approved

The committee supported the application by 7 votes to 3 with 3 abstentions. A large crowd of objectors turned out and extra time was allowed so that a Westerleigh Parish Councillor, local trader Edwina Pennell and resident Kath Aldom could all have their say. Ward councillor Claire Young talked about the results of the survey she carried out, which attracted over 200 responses, and Frampton Cotterell councillor Dave Hockey spoke of the importance of protecting local independent shops, as set out in the Village Design Statement for the two villages.