Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Felixstowe, Suffolk

Tesco is planning a 60,000 sq ft superstore, 250 houses, hotel, private medical centre, three small shops on a 30 acre field in Walton High Street. European MP Richard Howitt has voiced concerns about the environmental impacts of such a large building project and the impact the scheme would have on the existing town centre and small local shops.

A group has been formed to fight the proposal by Walton Green Partnership to build a Tesco store on land in Walton Felixstowe.  A group, "WALTON FELIXSTOWE COMMUNITY FIRST" or WFCF, has been set up. Our aims are not just to oppose the building of the Tesco store but also to encourage the redevelopment of Walton High Road and Felixstowe Town Centre.

In February 2013 Tesco admitted that its 30,000sq ft supermarket at Walton Green will take at least £4 million a year of people’s spending in the town centre. Of that sum, £1.7m would be from its own Tesco Metro, with the rest from Iceland, Marks and Spencer and the Co-op.


United Kingdom
51° 57' 42.2136" N, 1° 21' 4.518" E
Suffolk GB

Campaign Updates
Felixstowe, Suffolk

10 October 2016
Lidl plans second store

The company wants to build the 29,000sq ft store at Haven Exchange, where Asda had previously been given consent for a new supermarket and filling station but did not carry out the project to residents’ dismay.

6 January 2015
Planning officers recommend refusal
22 October 2014
New supermarket plans submitted

Cranford Developments has submitted the scheme for a 20,000sq ft store, filling station and 164-space car park at Haven Exchange, off the Dock Gate One roundabout, because no progress has been made on plans for an already-agreed supermarket in the town centre. In 2013, consent for an Asda store on the 4.6acre site was refused. Felixstowe Town Council has recommended the plans be approved.

2 July 2014
Tesco confirm it will not pursue plans
10 February 2014
Landowners looking at other options for the site
19 September 2013
Tesco and Asda plans rejected

Planners rejected plans for a Tesco and an Asda in favour of a site proposed for an unnamed supermarket chain. Suffolk Coastal District Council granted approval for a store on derelict land between Felixstowe railway station and Garrison Lane.Councillors said they favoured a site which could link to the town centre.


16 September 2013
Planners recommending refusal for Tesco and Asda stores
6 August 2013
More than 600 objections to proposed Tesco store
18 March 2013
Town Council rejects plans

But the final decision will be made by Suffolk Coastal.

3 December 2012
Asda submits plans

Asda submitted a planning application for a store on land by Felixstowe railway station.

1 October 2012
Developers announce plans for 35,000 sq ft store

Developers Albourne Property plc announced that they would be applying to build a 35,000 sq ft  supermarket near to the train station.