Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Tesco first submitted a planning application for a store off Ripon Road in North Harrogate in August 2007. It owned the site for a number of years.  It submitted a new application in 2009 and it was finally approved in September 2011, despite a strong campaign " Stop Tesco Harrogate" against the plans from residents and traders.

In August 2011 the application was recommended for approval by planning officers, subject to conditions including a £1.5m town centre investment from the company.


North Yorkshire
United Kingdom
53° 55' 48.792" N, 1° 31' 57.3348" W
North Yorkshire GB

Campaign Updates
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

19 October 2016
Tesco shelves plans for new store in Harrogate

Despite fierce opposition, Tesco secured planning permission on the former gas works site at New Park in 2011. In 2015, Tesco insisted that the proposals remained on track, despite recording some of the biggest ever annual losses for a British company and scrapping nearly 50 other building projects. However, the firm now says "challenging" market conditions in the retail sector mean that it has to carefully consider the investments it makes.

14 September 2014
Chamber of Commerce calls on Tesco to reconsider plans

Harrogate’s Chamber of Commerce has again called on Tesco to reconsider its planned superstore. The chamber claim that the land would be better used for affordable housing and that the traffic caused by the supermarket will gridlock the roads.


6 September 2011
Plans approved

The planning committee met and approved the development by 10 votes to 3.

1 February 2010
Tesco submit a revised application

 Following further consultation.

1 July 2009
Tesco submit new application

For a 45,000 sq ft (7,345 sq m) store on the site.

14 November 2007
Tesco withdraw planning application