Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Knowle, Bristol

In December 2008 an online petition was launched against plans to redevelop the Friendship pub in Knowle into a Tesco Express store. Shopkeepers and residents were concerned that the new branch will ruin local businesses.


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Campaign Updates
Knowle, Bristol

21 October 2010
Partial victory

The application was considered again at the end of July and Councillors gave consent for the pub garden to be turned into a  12-space car park. However, in October 2010 Councillors refused to give Tesco permission for a new shopfront. For more information please see an article at, 21st October 2010.

1 May 2009
Listing application

Bristol Civic Society applied to English Heritage to have the Friendship pub listed.

1 February 2009
Public meeting

More than 130 attended a public meeting in February 2009 to discuss the proposal and more than 1,600 people signed the petitions. For further information please see an article at, 16th February 2009. The plans for the pub and the car park were considered by the Council's Development Control Committee in April and the committee asked Tesco to revise its plans for a 12-space car park.