Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Coleford, Gloucestershire

In January 2013 the Public Inquiry into the proposed Tesco supermarket in Coleford was abruptly halted because of legal arguments. Many opponents of the scheme who had all written or emailed letters of objection had not received back the legally required notification that the Inquiry was to take place. As well as being a legal requirement, notification of an inquiry is part of the FODDC’s appeals protocol.

A frantic round of emails were then sent out by the Hands Off Our Towns (HOOT) group, and almost as soon as the meeting started, the Inspector’s attention was drawn to the fact that there were a number of people – including four in the council chamber – who had not received the notification. HOOT called for the meeting to be adjourned, highlighting the problems over notification, and also adding that the Council had failed in their duty under the Human Rights Act to correctly proceed with engaging the public on their involvement with the application for the supermarket.


United Kingdom
51° 53' 24.1944" N, 2° 27' 39.3768" W
Gloucestershire GB

Campaign Updates
Coleford, Gloucestershire

17 August 2017
Aldi will pursue new store despite High Court decision
4 August 2017
High Court overturns decision to allow Aldi to build store

The High Court has overturned the Forest of Dean District Council’s decision to allow Aldi to build a supermarket in Coleford.

22 September 2015
Aldi still planning to open store
15 July 2015
Aldi plans refused

The council backed planners' decision to reject the plans after Aldi was allegedly "inflexible" in negotiations over alternative sites.

28 November 2014
Tesco pulls out

After a prolonged planning process beginning in 2011, construction had started earlier this year on the 10,000 sq ft building after four business units at Pyart Court were demolished.However Tesco has now announced the developer behind the project, P and D Builders, had decided not to go ahead with the project, which has already cost thousands in lengthy planning disputes.

10 July 2014
Aldi planning new store

And Tesco to open before Christmas 2014.

10 October 2013
Plans approved

Following public inquiry

11 July 2013
Inquiry delayed again as expert witness fell ill
5 June 2013
Public inquiry starts again
16 January 2013
Public inquiry halted

Due to legal arguments.

15 January 2013
Tesco appealed and public inquiry started
5 March 2012
Tesco plans refused

Refused for a second time by nine votes to three. It had submitted new plans for a supermarket off Lords Hill after its previous designs were rejected in October 2011.