Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Norwich, Norfolk

Asda applied for a store with a floorspace of 3400 Sq metres as part of the redevelopment of a former industrial site in the South East of the City. Planning officers declared the store to be “disproportionately large”, and a nearby shopping mall stated their concerns about the impact on the City Centre. Councillors on the planning committee narrowly voted to reject the application. The reasons given for refusing permission were that the application broke recently-adopted planning policies for the city on land use. Moreover, there were also issues with pedestrian access and the car-based nature of the development.

United Kingdom
52° 37' 51.1896" N, 1° 17' 50.478" E
Norfolk GB

Campaign Updates
Norwich, Norfolk

20 February 2017
Lidl appeal against Council rejection of new store on Ketts Hill
17 May 2016
Morrisons scraps plans for new store.

Morrisons has now lodged an application with Norwich City Council, seeking planning permission to subdivide the building up and to extend it, so it can be occupied by B&M, Smyths Toys and Lidl. B&Q would continue to trade from the building.Plans for a new Morrisons supermarket in Norwich have been scrapped, but three new stores, including a Lidl, could take its place.

10 July 2014
Planning inspector approves Sainsbury's plans

A planning inspector has ended a fight by campaigners to stop a new Sainsbury’s opening in Norwich - after ruling city councillors should not have refused permission for the store.


13 January 2014
Revised plans submitted
4 January 2014
Morrisons reveals new supermarket plans

Morrisons wants to open a store in Hall Road in Tuckswood. Planning permission is being sought from Norwich City Council to reduce the size of the existing B&Q store at Neatmarket and make alterations to the building to allow Morrisons to move in. Much of the building is currently empty.

11 November 2013
Morrisons submits revised plans

Morrisons has submitted revised plans for the Goff Petroleum and former Hartwells Garage site on Aylsham Road. The proposed store would be 20,000ft.

27 March 2013
Morrisons withdraw plans

Following  concerns raised by English Heritage and public interest groups.

6 December 2012
New application granted

ASDA resubmitted the plans to Norwich City Council, which were granted by the planning committee.

19 November 2012
Morrisons submits plans for a new store

 Morrisons submitted plans for a third store in the City. The store would be 20,000 sq ft.

10 September 2012
Asda plans rejected