Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Driffield, East Yorkshire

In 2007 residents in Driffield launched a campaign against an application by Tesco for a larger store on the site of its existing store. Driffield is a small market town, and residents feel that the store would completely dominate the town.

In February 2010, East Riding Council's planning committee approved three major developments - the redevelopment of the cattle market and Viking Centre sites, and a new bigger Tesco on land that runs from George Street to Middle Street South, including the old Kwik Save store site. 

On the 6th December 2007 the East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning committee refused plans, including a proposal by Tesco, for the former cattle market site. The main reason for refusal was pedestrian safety.

East Riding of Yorkshire
United Kingdom
54° 0' 27.9684" N, 0° 27' 31.2444" W
East Riding of Yorkshire GB

Campaign Updates
Driffield, East Yorkshire

11 January 2015
Town Councillors lodge official objection

Town councillors have lodged an official objection against a planning application to build a new supermarket on the site of the former Driffield cattle market. They say that such a development is in the wrong location - and in any event will probably never be built.

8 January 2015
Tesco abandons plans
2 October 2014
Councillors defer decision

Until it has seen better designs of the proposed food store. Should those designs be acceptable to the committee, the application would then need to go before the Secretary of State - due to the type and amount of cumulative floor space of the proposed development which is more than 3,000 square metres.

1 October 2014
Planners recommend refusal
21 March 2014
Application submitted

The Driffield Cattle Market Company has now officially applied for planning permission to build a supermarket on land off Eastgate South. The application has been submitted to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which has written to residents in the area to ask for their views.


19 February 2014
Plans to develop cattle market will be submitted by end of the month

The Driffield Cattle Market Company is looking to attract a major supermarket to take on the vacant site off East Gate South. Similar plans were submitted in 2010, but they also included shops, community facilities, houses and apartments, which the company believes is no longer economically viable. The new plans will only be for the supermarket, which could attract investment quickly.


1 December 2010
Application for a judicial review lodged

Driffield Cattle Market Company lodged an application for a judicial review of the decision.

6 January 2010
Application for judicial review withdrawn
1 January 2009
Application approved

By East Riding Council.

2 June 2008
Plans approved

The planning committee voted by nine to six to defer and delegate the scheme for approval, subject to any call-in plus the completion of legal agreements and an archeaological survey.

3 April 2008
Plans refused

East Riding Planning Committee refused planning permission to build a new store on the site of the cattle market.

20 March 2008
Plans deferred for approval

Plans for a new store and six retail units on the George Street site was deferred and delegated for approval by East Riding planning committee.