Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Horfield, Bristol

In June 2011 Bristol Rovers Football Club announced a move to a new £40m stadium near the city's ring road. The club is based at the Memorial Stadium but attempts to redevelop the site faltered despite planning permission being granted in 2007. The club decided to consider a move to land owned by the University of the West of England close to the Avon Ring Road on the edge of Bristol. The Memorial Stadium would then be sold to supermarket chain Sainsbury's.

However, local groups Horfield ROSE (who opposed the stadium's extension previously) & BOGOFS (who fought - and won - against a Sainsburys on the Gloucester Road in 2007) opposed the plans.

A new group Residents Against Sainsbury's Horfield (TRASH) was set up.

A linked campaign is trying to save The Memorial Ground on historic ground. However, they have had an application to English Heritage to list the war memorial rejected (because the stadium buildings on
the site have no architectural merit), although this decision is to be reviewed by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport. 


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Campaign Updates
Horfield, Bristol

13 July 2015
Sainsbury's wins High Court battle
14 May 2015
High Court trial starts

It is expected to last seven days.The judges will decide if Sainsbury's could be held to its end of the deal. There have been protests over the supermarket giant's attempts to back out of a deal to buy the Memorial Stadium.

20 January 2015
Bristol Rovers take Sainsbury's to court

The club will take Sainsbury’s to court in the hope of pursuing their plan to build a new £40 million stadium, on University of the West of England (UWE) land, at Stoke Gifford. The club needs Sainsbury’s to develop the Memorial Stadium in Horfield to fund a new 21,700-seater stadium. Sainsbury’s won planning permission to build a new store in January 2013 and although the supermarket chain has not publicly said it no longer wants to go ahead with buying the stadium, there is a widespread view that the store has retracted the plans. Bristol Rovers are now taking legal action to ensure the supermarket follows through with the purchase.

27 March 2014
Campaign group to seek leave to appeal against Judge's decision to dismiss judicial review

TRASHorfield  has decided to seek leave to appeal against a High Court judge’s decision to dismiss its application for a judicial review of the scheme’s planning permission.

14 March 2014
Judicial Review underway
15 November 2013
Judicial review against Bristol Rovers' stadium plans "can go ahead"
12 September 2013
Campaigners submit application for a judicial review

A group of campaigners have submitted an application to the High Court for a judicial review into planning permission for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket at the club’s existing ground in Horfield.
TRASH Horfield Ltd which stands for Traders and Residents Against Sainsbury’s in Horfield. They have formed a limited company to limit their liabilities in case they lose their legal action and costs are awarded against them.

16 January 2013
Plans approved

Following a number of postponements the planning committee finally met to discuss the plans.

7 May 2012
Plans submitted

To Bristol City Council to build a 50,000 sq ft supermarket on the stadium site.

6 February 2012
Sainsbury's held public exhibition