Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Coundon, Coventry

Traders in a Coventry parade fought a long battle to stop a Tesco store opening on derelict land on the corner of Holyhead Road and Grayswood Avenue, in Coundon.

Following four attempts, including a public inquiry, by Tesco to secure planning permission Councillors finally granted permission for the store in February 2012.

Background
The proposed store would be open seven days a week and have three to five deliveries a day, six days a week. Campaigners say there are already enough food shops within a mile of the proposed site, including a Morrisons, a Londis, a Mace, a One Stop and a Co-op.  Members of Brooklands Residents Association presented two petitions, one of which was signed by more than 2,000 people.

In December 2010 the plans were rejected by the council because of concerns that the increased traffic would be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. It is the second time Tesco has had a planning application at the site turned down.

In February 2011, Tesco announced it was going to appeal against the decision.

In July 2011 Tesco submitted a revised application with new design. A petition with 2,330 signatures opposing the store was handed in.

On 9th September the plans were rejected for a third time. The previous refusal by the city council on the grounds of its appearance and impact on traffic at the junction was partially upheld by a planning inspector. But the inspector ruled costs against the council at this latest appeal, saying concerns over traffic around the former petrol station were unfounded.

In February 2012 Tesco announced it is making a fourth attempt to open a new store. Two petitions were submitted against it – one bearing 543 names in opposition to it on ecology and biodiversity grounds and the other with 2,153 signatures against it over general disruption to the area. 

Warwickshire
United Kingdom
52° 24' 29.8224" N, 1° 30' 50.5908" W
Warwickshire GB

Campaign Updates
Coundon, Coventry

2 February 2012
Tesco's plans approved
9 September 2011
Plans rejected for third time
4 July 2011
Tesco submit revised plans
1 December 2010
Tesco plans rejected

Because of concerns that the increased traffic would be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. It is the second time Tesco has had a planning application at the site turned down.