Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Gloucester, Gloucestershire

In May 2011 Tesco announced plans to demolish its existing St Oswald's Retail Park store and create a new one three times the size. Tesco will use the land on the current site as a car park, with 900 spaces available. Opponents of the plans, including Gloucester Federation of Small Businesses, demanded transparency over a land deal which could bring in millions for Gloucester City Council. They say there is a conflict of interest because in order for Tesco to build a new store it has to buy a long leasehold from the council.

Also in December a resolution was reached to grant planning permission for the build of a Morrisons supermarket at the Metz Way site.

A planning application to turn the former Welsh Harp pub in London Road into a supermarket went before Gloucester City Council's planning committee in March 2011 and was approved. Local Councillors and small businesses had been concerned about the impact a supermarket would have. 

Gloucestershire
United Kingdom
51° 52' 13.1412" N, 2° 14' 38.2488" W
Gloucestershire GB

Campaign Updates
Gloucester, Gloucestershire

5 July 2017
Plans for new Aldi approved

Plans for a new Aldi supermarket in Hucclecote have been given the go-ahead.

28 December 2016
Decision on new Lidl supermarket due
31 May 2016
Lidl to demolish Gloucester supermarket and build £4million centre twice the size
4 March 2014
Tesco draws up new plans

Plans for a new Tesco and garden centre have emerged for St Oswald’s Retail Park in Gloucester after the supermarket goes back to the drawing board with its proposal. Plans are being drawn up that are radically different to the ones granted permission two years ago for a replacement £25million megastore.

1 December 2011
Tesco expansion plans approved

Gloucester City Council arranged a unique planning meeting, to discuss the application and approved Tesco's expansion plans at St Oswald's.

4 July 2011
Tesco submits planning application

To build a 19,245 square metre store, behind the current one.