Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Derby, Derbyshire

In September 2009 Tesco submitted plans to turn the former Blue Pool pub in Sunny Hill into a Tesco Express store. Local residents were concerned about the impact on the existing smaller shops and feel the store is "surplus to requirements" as there is already an Asda and Somerfield close by.

Tesco submitted six linked planning applications for minor alterations to Derby City Council, which included an application to make changes to the building's exterior by installing automatic doors, shutters, bollards and illuminated signs. But Tesco does not need permission to change the use of the building, which means residents have not had an opportunity to raise any objections to the scheme with the Council, as no planning application had to be submitted. However, residents have succeeded in forcing a series of planning applications for minor alterations to be heard by councillors at a planning committee meeting. Normally, they would be decided by council officers alone. 



United Kingdom
52° 54' 55.8972" N, 1° 26' 50.8164" W
Derby GB

Campaign Updates
Derby, Derbyshire

23 February 2017
Plans for Aldi store in city centre rejected
27 August 2012
Morrisons successfully appeal

The Morrisons decision was overturned at appeal and Derby City Council has to pay the trust's legal costs. In a report, the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said there was "no persuasive evidence that the ... proposal would be likely to undermine the vitality and viability of the city centre". 

12 September 2011
Plans rejected

Derby City Council rejected the plans because of concerns the proposed supermarket would stretch the city centre further southwards.

1 July 2011
Morrisons Application rejected

Morrisons announced plans to build a supermarket on the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site. The Infirmary has said that "The choice of Morrisons was a strategic one. Unlike other supermarket operators, it is chiefly a grocery business and concentrates on selling food and doesn't have significant other lines, such as clothing or electronics. 


21 April 2011
Tesco plans approved

Proposals by Tesco to build a large-scale, 100,000 sq ft, food store at the Meteor Centre were recommended for approval by city council planning officers and then approved by Councillors.