Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Pakefield, Suffolk

Pakefield is a small village on the outskirts of Lowestoft. It has a Coop, a bakers, chemist, florist, fish&chip shop ,hair salon all within a hundred yards of each other. In November 2012 Tesco submitted plans to convert the local pub, The Tramway Hotel in London Road, which is in between the Spar and the Coop, into an express store. The whole village is in uproar about this as it is not needed and could put some of the local businesses in jeopardy of closing. We have a local petition going with already 1,600 names and signatures and are urging people to write or e.mail the local planning office with their concerns.

In February 2013 members of the Pakefield Opposed to Tesco campaign (POT) canvassed the views of people living within 500m of the proposed store and asked them to put up “No Tesco at Tramway” posters in their windows.

United Kingdom
52° 27' 14.1012" N, 1° 43' 49.6884" E
Suffolk GB

Campaign Updates
Pakefield, Suffolk

25 July 2015
Tesco abandons plans
12 August 2014
Certificate of Lawful Use gained

Campaigner sought and gained a Certificate of Lawful Use - Existing  (CLUE) rom Waveney District Council (WDC). This declared the land upon which The Tramway Hotel stands as of mixed use (C1 hotel / A4 drinking establishment) and removed the Tesco argument that they could convert the building into a retail shop under permitted development. 

18 July 2014
Campaigners get pub listed as an asset of community value

 the Victorian building listed as an asset of community value (ACV) – potentially delaying any decision on its future.

1 July 2014
Group lodge a certificate of lawful use

POT lodged a certificate of lawful use at Waveney, asking the council to register the Tramway as a site of mixed use of pub and hotel – meaning Tesco has to put in a full-blown planning application.The group hired a barrister to argue their case.


10 May 2014
Final attempt by campaign group to stop store

The campaign group Pakefield Opposed to Tesco (POT) is planning to lodge a certificate of lawfulness application with Waveney District Council in an 11th-hour attempt to have the building in London Road reclassified as a “mixed use” pub and hotel. Campaigners hope that when the certificate application goes before Waveney’s development control committee, members will stick by their original assertion that the Tramway is not solely a pub – and that Tesco needs to submit 
a full planning application
to convert it.

24 April 2014
Councillors quash move to halt Tesco's plans

 Councillors agreed to quash a move to halt the firm’s plans. A full meeting of Waveney District Council agreed to quash an earlier ruling by its development control committee which said the proposed site for the Tesco Express, the Tramway Hotel in Pakefield, was of mixed use as a pub and hotel. By quashing that status and confirming Tramway Hotel is only a pub, it means nothing can now stop Tesco moving into Victorian building as it does not need change of use planning permission due to the pub-only status. The development control committee’s decision on April 2 was said to be unlawful and be open to a legal challenge by Tesco following legal advice published in a council monitoring officer report last week.


4 April 2014
Extension approved but separate application needed for a change of use
8 February 2014
Campaigners submit application to turn pub into community asset

Campaigners against plans to open a fourth Tesco store in the Lowestoft area have agreed to step up their campaign by submitting an application to turn the Tramway Hotel and Pub in Pakefield into a community asset. 

14 January 2014
Plans deferred

Waveney District Council’s development control committee chose to ignore planning officers recommendations to approve the plans instead deferring its decision so legal advice and a traffic survey could be carried out. Committee members raised their strong concerns on the whole planning process surrounding the creation of a new store.

18 December 2013
Tesco does not need to apply for change of use permission

Local campaigners argued that because it was a hotel as well as a pub, Tesco needed change-of-use permission. Waveney District Council said its legal advice was that Tesco did not need to apply for this permission and it could go ahead and convert the pub.  Waveney said Tesco has still had to submit a planning application to put an extension on The Tramway to enable it to convert it to a retail store. It will be considered by the planning committee in January.


28 November 2013
Tesco trying to reverse Council ruling

Tesco is working to reverse a Waveney District Council ruling which classed the Tramway as a hotel and pub – meaning the company would have to lodge a planning application to convert it for retail use.

6 December 2012
Tesco will have to submit full planning application
1 December 2012
Public meeting held

Many local people, including Councillors, called for a local referendum.