Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Newport, Shropshire

In July 2011 more than 120 people turned out at a meeting to have their say on controversial proposals for a supermarket. Objectors claim the plans for land north of Audley Avenue would create “a dead high street with a supermarket at the end”.  A "Save Newport" campaign group was set up.

In August 2012 plans for a 33,000sq ft foodstore in Audley Avenue Industrial Estate were given the go-ahead by a planning inspector after a public inquiry earlier that year.

In September Telford & Wrekin Council announced it was going to the High Court to challenge the Inspector's decision on the foodstore in  Audley Avenue.


Developer Growing Enterprises want to build a 16,749 sq ft giant retail unit as the latest development at Mere Park on the fringes of Newport. In August 2010 a public inquiry was held on the grounds that Telford & Wrekin Council had not dealt with the application within 12 weeks. Telford & Wrekin Council’s legal team argued at the inquiry that a new supermarket would detract trade from Waitrose and Co-op, which are already in the town centre. The plans received objections from Newport Civic Society and Newport Town Council, amongst others amid concerns the proposals would damage existing trade.

United Kingdom
52° 46' 8.6592" N, 2° 21' 3.8664" W
Shropshire GB

Campaign Updates
Newport, Shropshire

21 October 2014
Council abandon project
17 September 2014
Preliminary inqury into Sainsbury's application

A preliminary inquiry meeting into an application which could see a Sainsbury’s built on Station Road on land owned by Telford & Wrekin Council has taken place.Representatives from developer St Modwen, land owner and planning authority Telford & Wrekin Council and campaign group Save Newport Campaign were facing a planning inspector.


8 May 2014
Council organises extraordinary meeting to discuss supermarket plans
6 January 2014
Public inquiry expected to re-start in January
10 June 2013
Council loses high court appeal

Over a government decision to allow a Morrisons store to be built off Audley Avenue.

25 April 2013
Inquiry was expected to re-open

Due to the "tragic and unexpected death of Mr Cookson the Independent Planning Inspector," the Inquiry will now obviously not re-open on 25th April. The Inspectorate have at this time advised of their desire to re-run the Inquiry in its entirety for probity reasons" - Save Newport Campaign

29 January 2013
Public Inquiry started
4 June 2012
Plans called-in

By Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and local government ‘called-in’ the application. 

2 April 2012
Sainsbury's plans approved but decision referred

Decision referred to the Secretary of State.