Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Ipswich, Suffolk

Tesco was given outline approval for a a new 86,000 sq ft store on the former B&Q site in Grafton Way but in May 2013 abandoned its plans. It is now trying to sell the land.

Ipswich Central co-ordinated a campaign against the application. The group had 700 members including independent traders and large stores. One of the group's key objections to the application was that the store would be trading at the lower end of the price structure, a market which they believe is already over-represented in the town centre. The link to the town centre is also seen as a problem as busy roads nearby effectively create a barrier.

United Kingdom
52° 2' 44.6424" N, 1° 9' 12.8304" E
Suffolk GB

Campaign Updates
Ipswich, Suffolk

30 January 2017
Old Tesco site gets redeveloped

The site on Grafton Way had been proposed as a location for a new Tesco superstore.That scheme was controversially given planning permission six years ago – but was never developed after Tesco suffered during the economic slump. Now it has been sold by Tesco’s development arm Spenhill to developers Plutus Estates who are preparing to unveil their vision for the site.

4 December 2013
Spenhill Regeneration withdraw application

Tesco’s controversial application to develop land at Grafton Way near Ipswich town centre has been withdrawn just hours before it was due to come up before borough planners.

27 November 2013
Spenhill application for Grafton Way likely to be rejected

Tesco's development arm Spenhill is seeking permission for a development including a supermarket, hotels and a small number of homes. It hoped to then sell on the site with planning permission. The recommendation of officers is that the application should be rejected on the grounds that " would nevertheless pose serious risks to the future planned re-focusing or expansion of the ‘high street’ and should therefore be refused planning permission.”

10 June 2013
Two more convenience stores in pipeline

Tesco is now also aiming to open new stores in the former Emperor and Heathlands pubs. Morrisons is understood to be coming to the former Blockbuster site on the junction of St Matthew’s Street and Berners Street.

13 May 2013
Tesco abandons plans

Tesco abandoned plans for the store saying it did not now need another large store but it would still apply for revised planning permission and then try to sell the land. The Ipswich Central business group called for the council to reject the application and focus on other sites.

26 July 2012
Tesco reduces scale of plans

Tesco announced the store will be much smaller than originally proposed and plans to build 129 flats as part of the development have been abandoned.

7 February 2011
Final approval given

After the decision was referred to the Government Office of the East of England (Go-East).

8 March 2010
Plans approved

Ipswich Borough Council's development and planning committee voted 6-7 to approve the proposals.