Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Kirkby, Merseyside

In November 2009, Secretary of State John Denham upheld the planning inspectorate's decision to refuse permission to Everton Football Club and Tesco to build a new stadium and retail park in Kirkby.

In October, Knowsley Council held a public consultation event on the new plans. The Kirkby Residents Action Group (KRAG) is concerned that the arrival of a big store on the edge of the main shopping area will result in more local businesses going under. Controversial plans to regenerate Kirkby on Merseyside have been approved by Councillors.


United Kingdom
53° 28' 57.8424" N, 2° 53' 24.3276" W
Liverpool GB

Campaign Updates
Kirkby, Merseyside

12 October 2017
Revised town centre plans revealed with partner Morrisons

The owner, developer and asset manager will host an information event in the area after proposals were altered to meet the requirements of recently announced supermarket operator Morrisons.

19 May 2017
Agreement secured for ‘major supermarket’ to head to Kirkby town centre

Kirkby shoppers will have a new “major supermarket” in the town centre as a deal has been agreed with a high-profile name. St. Modwen is currently working with the retail chain to revise its recent planning application to reflect specific requirements, and the store will form part of a wider regeneration of the area. 

27 February 2017
St Modwen submits application for town centre development
21 October 2016
Two supermarkets in competition for site

 St Modwen bought the site from Tesco in a £35.8m deal last year, revealed a number of plans in a public exhibition which included a cinema, a new supermarket, parking and a leisure development.

12 January 2015
Tesco abandons plans

Residents call for 72 houses that were to be demolished to be sold back to community for a £1

17 November 2014
Tesco application expected before end of year

Knowsley council bosses say a planning application for Tesco’s redevelopment of the street is expected before the end of the year which will include timescales for the construction of the supermarket.

16 October 2013
Tesco scales down plans
18 March 2011
Plans approved


20 August 2010
Tesco submits new plans

Tesco’s regeneration subsidiary, Spenhill, is pursuing a more modest scheme which includes a scaled down superstore, shops, a new library and green spaces.