Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Oxford, Marston Rd

2009 - Tesco first submitted plans to build an Express store on the site of the Friar pub in Marston Road. More than 1,500 people signed two petitions against the store amid fears it will lead to a surge in traffic, undercut traders and threaten the only post office in the area at the Costcutters store in Old Marston Road.

April 2009 -  Councillors voted to refuse the application.

May 2010 - Tesco submitted a new application.

September 2010- Oxford City Council’s north east area committee refused the application over concerns about traffic and parking – and questioned whether the area needed another supermarket.

November 2010 -Tesco launched an appeal against the City Council's decision to refused the application.

March 2011 - A Public Inquiry ran for two days and a third and final day in May. 


United Kingdom
51° 46' 25.6404" N, 1° 14' 58.902" W
Oxfordshire GB

Campaign Updates
Oxford, Marston Rd

24 February 2015
Tesco confirms it will not be building store
18 May 2013
Tesco will not start work until financial year 2014/15
6 June 2011
Planning inspector approves plans

The Inspector stated "I do not dispute the new shop would have an impact on its surroundings...I believe the overall effect would be limited".