Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Harefield, London

On the 8th October 2008 Hillingdon Council turned down an application from Tesco to open an Express store at the Kings Arms site, Breakspear Road North mainly on traffic concerns and potential problems with deliveries, and the conservation, character, vitality and vibrancy of the town centre. The decision followed a strong campaign by residents, shopkeepers and councillors concerned about the impact a Tesco Express store would have on their village and High Street. 

In December 2008 Tesco re-submitted amended plans. But on the 17th March 2009, Hillingdon Council again turned down the plans on traffic and access issues.

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Campaign Updates
Harefield, London

25 March 2015
Tesco abandons plans
24 May 2011
Tesco Appeal granted

Tesco has appealed the decision and an inquiry started on 6th April 2011. In May the planning inspector approved Tesco's application but placed 20 conditions which must be met by Tesco. For example, deliveries are instructed only to be made by special 8.4 metre vehicles only. For further information please see an article in the Uxbridge Gazette, 24th May 2011.

8 December 2010
New application submitted and refused

Tesco submitted new plans but on 7th December 2010 they were unanimously rejected by Councillors. It is the fourth time that the superstore has seen their plans thrown out by the council, and the second time this year. Please see an article in the Uxbridge Gazette, 8th December 2010.

12 January 2010
New Application submitted and refused

Tesco lodged a new planning application. Opponents claim the plans are a near replica of the application which was refused for the site next to Kings Arms Pub and have lodged objections. The decision will now be taken Hillingdon Council.  In June 2010 Councillors rejected the plans on traffic grounds.

19 May 2009
Appeal dismissed

After twice being refused permission Tesco decided to appeal and a public inquiry commenced on the 19th May 2009. The Harefield Community Group supported the Council's reasons for refusal and  presented their case on additional grounds as Rule 6 objectors. Richard Barnes the Deputy Mayor and a local resident gave a statement expressing their concerns about the impact both on the local economy and on the changes this would cause in the conservation area and local environment.  The Inspector's decision upheld the Council and Resident's Group concerns about the dangerous entry and exit and manoeuvring within the site as well as the effect on the conservation area. The refusal was upheld.

Council asks for Judicial Review

Hillingdon Council has decided to exercise their option to apply for a judicial review to block Tesco building in Harefield and has applied to the Government, requesting permission that a judicial review be given the green light to go ahead. In doing so, the council set out their case, arguing the village was too compact for such a large store, and major traffic problems would materialise if it was to be built.