Campaigning to curb supermarket power

New Barnet, London

In early July 2008 New Barnet Community Association launched the "Save New Barnet Campaign" in response to growing concerns from residents regarding Tesco and Asda plans to build 24 hour superstores in New Barnet.

Over 300 people attended a public meeting in April 2008 to discuss the plans to develop the sites and at a Save New Barnet Campaign  Community Consultation event in July over 250 members of the community attended. They were shown various displays including the campaign's objections to Tesco and ASDA's plans; a range of photos showing the area's failing infrastructure (sewers, water and electric supplies), and a presentation showing the threat to local businesses from the proposed developments. The group also exhibited a "Vision for New Barnet" document.

In 2009 2,500 people have signed a petition opposing the Asda proposals.

United Kingdom
51° 38' 58.182" N, 0° 10' 30.342" W
London GB

Campaign Updates
New Barnet, London

1 October 2012
Plans for a supermarket abandoned

Tesco purchased the OpTex building and a number of surrounding light industrial structures but they are now being developed for residential housing by Spen Hill  a wholly owned subsidiary of Tesco.

18 August 2010
Planning Strategy to discourage supermarkets?

Councillors suggested that supermarket developments may not be "encouraged" by Barnet Council in its yet-to-be approved planning strategy document. Campaigners opposed to the plans hope the planning guidance will spell an end to the supermarket turf war which has broken out in New Barnet.

12 April 2009
Tesco Application submitted and granted

A new Tesco Express store in Victoria Road was given the green light by Councillors, following an appeal by Tesco against an earlier refusal by Barnet Council who thought the store would be "visually intrusive" and not provide adequate off-street parking.

16 February 2009
ASDA Application Withdrawn

Asda submitted its planning application but withdrew it in May just before the Council was due to meet to decide on the application.