Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Margate, Kent

Redevelopment plans involving developer Freshwater and Tesco in Margate will see the demolition of a derelict public car park and shops on the Arlington site on the seafront. In December plans for the new Tesco store were submitted to Thanet Council by Freshwater. The proposals were supported by Thanet District Council’s planning committee in June, who referred them to the Department of Communities and Local Government with a recommendation to approve them.  

In parallel, the Arlington site is being evaluated for listing. English Heritage wrote a report and submitted it with their recommendation to the Secretary of State for a decision. Please see an article at thisiskent, 1st March 2012

On 12th March the planning inquiry due to start the following day into plans for Arlington House was postponed by the planning inspectorate. Opponents to the plans welcomed the news. Campaigners have been awarded legal costs. Please see an article at BBC News, 16th March 2012.


United Kingdom
50° 58' 45.0552" N, 0° 49' 26.31" E
Kent GB

Campaign Updates
Margate, Kent

10 October 2014
Tesco ditches plans for store
10 September 2014
Louise Oldfield attends High Court

to hear her case against a planned 82,000 square ft Tesco. A single appeal court judge ruled in July that Reading Rooms guest house owner Louise Oldfield, has an "arguable" case in her claim that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, wrongly failed to consider the cumulative impact of the proposed scheme at the Arlington House tower block and surrounding properties in Arlington Square, together with the planned revival of the Dreamland amusement park, when he gave it approval in June 2013.

12 December 2013
Campaigner fails in High Court challenge

A Margate campaigner has failed in a High Court challenge to supermarket plans. Louise Oldfield had asked one of the country's top judges to quash the grant of planning permission for redevelopment of landmark Arlington House and demolition of shops in Arlington Square to make way for a 82,000 sq ft store.But Lord Justice Moses refused her plea that he should order the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to have the plan reconsidered.

14 June 2013
Communities Secretary approves application

But campaigners will continue the fight  after winning a High Court case to open a judicial review into whether the environmental impact of the scheme was considered by Government officials.


29 March 2013
Campaigners granted Judicial Review

A full hearing is expected within six months unless the Secretary of State rejects the scheme in the meantime


12 November 2012
Application called-in

by the Secretary of State for determination.

6 November 2012
Public inquiry started