Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

A campaign group "Town First" was launched in 2008 to promote the future of Huddersfield town centre in opposition to a proposed hypermarket developments by Tesco. The campaign has since developed its brief to include opposition to a 50,000 sq ft ASDA development on the edge of town and to promote local shopping and services. In February 2010 Tesco revealed details of its plans to build a new store and redevelop its existing site. Tesco tabled three separate planning applications to cover the building of its new store at the junction of Leeds Road and Southgate; the demolition of its existing store at Viaduct Street; and the development of a complex on that site to include offices, apartments, restaurants and bars, shops and a hotel.



United Kingdom
53° 38' 28.9716" N, 1° 48' 16.2144" W
Kirklees GB

Campaign Updates
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

27 May 2015
Tesco buys itself out of land deal

Tesco has bought itself out of a multi-million pound deal to buy the old Huddersfield sports centre land. The retailer has agreed a deal with Kirklees Council that will see the council retain the land, get more land back to sell on, plus get a lump sum from Tesco.

17 April 2015
Plans for new 'Asda' supermarket in Mirfield have been withdrawn
8 January 2015
Tesco cancels plans for store
24 February 2011
Permission granted

Kirklees Councillors approved the application for Tesco to demolish the flats at Southgate to build a new store. However, the application went to public inquiry but in February 2012, the Planning Inspector approved the application.

2 August 2010
Permission granted

In August 2010 Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee considered the Tesco application to replace the existing sports centre at Southgate. Two blocks of flats, a two-deck car park at Pine Street and a building which has been used as a council data centre would also be demolished to make way for the Tesco store. In November Councillors granted permission for a new sports centre at Spring Grove car park.