Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Ickenham, London

Residents in Ickenham opposed Tesco's application for a development on the Master Brewer site on Hillingdon Circus in West London. The application was for a mixed use scheme including a 7,000 sq m store. Residents believed that the development would be over-dominant, was unsuited to the site and location, would have put pressure on the road network, would have impacted severely on local shops, and would have caused unacceptable noise and air pollution to residents. The campaign gained support from MPs, Councillors and traders. Hillingdon Borough Council refused the application.


United Kingdom
51° 33' 46.314" N, 0° 26' 39.336" W
London GB

Campaign Updates
Ickenham, London

21 July 2017
Hillingdon site earmarked for Tesco could become 377-home housing development
19 October 2015
Master Brewer site sold to developers
28 August 2014
Plans approved
25 March 2014
Tesco submits new plans

Tesco has submitted a new plan to develop a store at Hillingdon Circus after being refused planning permission in December

3 December 2013
Morrisons and Tesco plans refused by Hillingdon Council

The Major Applications Planning Committee voted unanimously to ignore planning officers’ recommendations and refused an application to build a 3,543sq m Tesco plus 84 bedroom hotel on the former Master Brewer site in Freezeland Way, Hillingdon, on the grounds of the excessive height of the proposed seven-storey hotel and the impact of the plan on traffic and road safety.

2 December 2013
Tesco and Morrisons plans considered at committee

The Morrisons plan has been given a recommendation of refusal by planning officers based on the impact of increased traffic on surrounding local roads.It is the second time the Morrisons plan, which includes a Premier Inn, new homes and a series of improvements to the site next to Hillingdon station in Long Lane, has been recommended for refusal.It was due to be seen by the Major Planning Applications Committee along with a competing plan for a Tesco on the former Master Brewer site in October, but both plans were taken off the agenda at the last minute so that supporting documents submitted late in the day could be looked at by councillors.

23 May 2012
New Application still being determined
5 September 2011
Tesco submit new plans
8 January 2007
Tesco appeal, then withdraw

After Tesco appealed, an Inquiry opened in October 2006, which was delayed for traffic issues to be considered further. The Inquiry opened again on 8th January 2007. Campaigners challenged traffic projection figures that Tesco had submitted, leading Transport for London to question Tesco's figures. Tesco withdrew the application during the process of the Inquiry.