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.