Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Newmarket, Cambridgeshire

Newmarket has had applications for four supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's).

Tesco submitted a planning application to Forest Heath District Council for a new store, 4,600 sq ft larger than it's existing one, that would be built on a land at the neighbouring Oaks Business Park.

Newmarket’s Retailers’ Association started a petition against the plans as it is concerned that the expanded store, which will sell clothing and a bigger range of household goods, will draw more shoppers away from the town centre. In April the application was discussed by town councillors at a meeting attended by members of the Newmarket Retailers’ Association. Over 600 people have signed a petition against the store. However, the Town Council voted in favour of the Tesco application.


In April 2012 property tycoon Bill Gredley submitted his plan for a new Asda store with car parking for around 400 cars built on paddocks at Newmarket’s historic Fitzroy House stables. Asda was part of a bigger project which would see the High Street Total garage demolished to make way for a four-storey, 90-bed hotel and a large retail development with parking for nearly 70 cars which would occupy part of the site left vacant when the town’s former swimming pool was demolished.

United Kingdom
52° 14' 41.568" N, 0° 24' 28.6632" E
Cambridgeshire GB

Campaign Updates
Newmarket, Cambridgeshire

24 August 2017
Aldi submits planning application for Exning Road store
18 June 2015
Morrisons possibly abandoned plans

Morrisons appears to have scrapped its plans to open a new store in Wallingford. The former G Stow premises in Lupton Road on the Hithercroft industrial estate, where Morrisons said it would build a 30,000 sq ft store, is now being marketed. The chain said the situation was currently “under review” but stopped short of saying it has scrapped its plans.

25 February 2014
Public inquiry starts re Unex refusal

However Unex has continued with its complaint against the refusal and a public inquiry was held in February.

4 October 2013
Sainsbury's drops appeal

The decision comes after the Government’s National Planning Casework Unit (NPCU) decided there were no grounds to call in the plans approved for rival stores Morrison’s and Tesco.

22 May 2013
Bigger Tesco and new Morrisons store approved
22 May 2013
Sainsbury's and Asda applications refused
16 May 2013
Officers recommend Morrisons and Tesco applications are approved

But that the Sainsbury’s and Asda applications are turned down

12 May 2013
A ruling on all four applications will be made on 22nd May

 A ruling on all bids will be made by a special Forest Heath District Council development control committee meeting on May 22.