Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Maldon, Essex

Maldon residents started a petition against plans to change their local pub into a new Tesco Express amid fears it will “destroy” the shops on the High Street.

A planning application was submitted by Tesco to Maldon District Council at the end of August 2012 to change The Cups pub on Wantz Road into a new 260-square-metre convenience store. The plans include demolishing the existing bakery next to the pub to build a single storey building and renovating the existing pub.

On 1st October the Town Council unanimously voted to reject the plans because of concerns about traffic.


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Campaign Updates
Maldon, Essex

29 June 2017
Lidl launches appeal

Lidl has launched an appeal against a Council’s decision to place conditions on a planning application approved in January. Maldon District Council approved Lidl’s application to install two illuminated signs outside of their store in Station Road, Maldon. However, conditions were put on the approval that stated the signs were only to be illuminated during business hours.


1 November 2015
Developers need to submit an archaeoligical report

Aldi is set to come to the town when the former Brooks Brothers site in the Causeway is redeveloped. Developer Aquila applied to Maldon District Council to alter its planning permission in September after original retailer Waitrose pulled out. The council’s archaeological team has now said no development can take place until a report has been prepared to outline the archaeological significance of the site.

18 June 2014
Lidl plans move to town

Lidl held a public consultation about its plans for a store on a derelict industrial site off Station Road, Maldon.

10 January 2014
Plans approved

The Planning Inspectorate overturned the council's decision to refuse permission. In the appeal decision documents from the Planning Inspectorate the report states that there will be an "imperceptible" impact on traffic at the junction, and that there is "no strong evidence that the proposed changes to pedestrian crossings and the introduction of a new car park access would make the layout of the junction inherently less safe."

19 November 2013
Public Inquiry starts
23 July 2013
Tesco launches an appeal
21 March 2013
Plans rejected

Councillors rejected the plans because of concerns traffic and safety concerns and impact on existing businesses.