Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Malmesbury, Wiltshire

In February 2012, a local economist published a report analysing the effect of a new Sainsbury's store on Malmesbury.

In May 2012, a report commissioned by Wiltshire Council and published by GVA Grimley found that Sainsbury's impact on Malmesbury area would result in an estimated loss of £5 million turnover from local businesses. The report compares the two applications, concluding that Waitrose would be “sequentially preferable to Sainsbury's”. “We consider the Sainsbury proposal would have much more significant impact on both convenience and comparison with retailers in the town centre".

United Kingdom
51° 35' 9.6468" N, 2° 5' 25.602" W
Wiltshire GB

Campaign Updates
Malmesbury, Wiltshire

24 July 2013
Waitrose plans get go ahead

Plans for a Waitrose supermarket can go ahead after Secretary of State Nick Boles said today that he will not be calling the application in for consideration.In a letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government, sent to MP James Gray this afternoon, Mr Boles said: “I have carefully considered the above controversial proposal against the published guidelines, and am satisfied that, whilst locally controversial, the application does not raise issues of the wider strategic or policy nature envisaged by the call-in policy.

30 May 2013
Wiltshire Council not to grant permission to Waitrose

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles instructed Wiltshire Council not to grant permission for the store on land behind the Avon Silk Mills, even though the Northern Area Planning Committee had decided in favour of the bid the night before.

3 September 2012
Plans on hold until referendum

Sainsbury's and Waitrose were told they will have to wait for Malmesbury to vote on its neighbourhood plan next spring before their applications will be decided. Local people are set to go to the polls in a referendum in May on a blueprint drawn up for the town.

30 January 2012
Waitrose submits plans

For a store on land behind the Avon Silk Mills. Waitrose has made changes to its plan including moving the 30mph zone further along the bypass and installing islands to slow traffic passing the site.

5 December 2011
Sainsbury's submits plans

To Wiltshire Council to develop a 30,000 sq ft former garden centre site.