Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

A campaign group Moreton Against Sainsbury's Superstore Action Group (M.A.S.S) has been set up against a new Sainsbury's superstore planned to be developed on the town boundary of Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.

It's a grotesque development 'plonked' onto a green field site, close up to town border (backing onto several residents' gardens). It includes a petrol station and cafe as well as parking for 262 cars, all of which will have a terrible effect on the town's existing local businesses. We already have a sizable supermarket at the other end of town (Budgens) which is very supportive of the local community and suppliers. We also have a good-sized Tesco 4 miles up the road in Stow on the Wold, so we are already well-served with supermarkets in the immediate local area.

Nearly 300 letters of objection were received by planners, and a petition signed by 801 people opposing the application was sent to the council. The Campaign to Protect Rural England also objected, saying building on the land, which was "substantially waterlogged" last winter, would increase the risk of floods.

United Kingdom
51° 59' 20.7924" N, 1° 42' 22.7304" W
Gloucestershire GB

Campaign Updates
Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

18 May 2017
Aldi granted planning permission
13 October 2016
Waitrose pulls out of plans but Aldi shows interest in site

Plans for a Waitrose in Moreton-in-Marsh have been shelved with budget grocer Aldi eyeing up the site instead. Planning permission was granted in 2013 for a supermarket with parking on the former site of the Fosseway Farm caravan park, to the north of the North Cotswold Hospital. Waitrose had initially shown an interest but now says it no longer wants to progress with the plan

20 December 2013
Supermarket plan approved

A decision was made by members of Cotswold District Council’s planning committee to approve a food store and car park on land next to the A429 road. There is no end-user.

11 September 2013
Sainsbury's plans rejected

Cotswold District Council rejected Sainsbury's plans.

23 March 2013