Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead

Tesco have leased our community pub, the Golden Harp, from Enterprise Inns.  They do not have to apply for change of use, only permission to make minor alterations to the exterior of the building.  I think we the locals are doing everything we can to oppose them, and have our ward Councillors on our side, but we are nonetheless very worried about the outcome.

In December concerned residents staged a demonstration outside the Golden Harp after Tesco confirmed it is leasing the site from owner Enterprise Inns. The group, concerned about losing a community hub, protested with signs saying 'Tesco; ripping the Harp out of the community'.
A petition was launched and gained over 4,000 signatures. The group opposed to the plans have also set up a 'Furze Platt Action Group' Facebook group.

Tesco submitted six planning applications to the Royal Borough for interior and exterior changes to the building.

Councillors' reasons for objecting to the applications included the fact the changes would be unsympathetic to a building which sits at the apex of the Furze Platt Triangle Conservation Area.

In May Councillors on the Maidenhead Development Control panel decided at a behind closed doors section of a panel meeting to not enforce an Article 4 notice on Tesco for their plans to convert the Golden Harp pub. An article 4 direction would have forced Tesco to apply for planning permission for change of use of the site from a pub to retail use. 

Please follow the campaign group on twitter at @savingtheharp.

Windsor and Maidenhead
United Kingdom
51° 31' 17.6232" N, 0° 42' 55.746" W
Windsor and Maidenhead GB

Campaign Updates
Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead

2 June 2014
Tesco store to open
9 April 2014
Tesco's application for a Premises Licence will be heard
25 February 2014
Tesco plans to open store in May 2014
8 December 2013
Planning inspector dismisses appeal on hard-standing etc

Although Tesco had appeals allowed on the shop front, plant equipment, bollards and signage, they were refused permission on four of the original planning applications including the all important hardstanding. 

17 October 2013
Tesco appeal hearing
5 June 2013
Councillors refuse applications again

Five new applications to make material changes to the pub in Furze Platt Road, including installing a cash machine and signage, were discussed by Maidenhead development control panel. It went on to unanimously refuse every single one.

13 March 2013
Five applications refused

To install bollards, hard standing, plant equipment, signage and a new shop front  A sixth application to put in a cash machine was withdrawn by Tesco prior to the meeting.

23 February 2013
Protest organised

The Furze Platt Action Group took part in a flash protest at the Tesco store, in Bath Road to demonstrate their opposition to the potential Tesco Express store.

22 January 2013
Public meeting held