Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Penwortham, Lancashire

In April 2011 more than 100 concerned residents packed into a meeting to discuss plans for a 35,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store on the corner of Cop Lane and Liverpool Road. Residents fear the development will create further traffic chaos at the notorious junction and spell disaster for existing shops.

United Kingdom
53° 44' 56.8212" N, 2° 43' 43.4244" W
Lancashire GB

Campaign Updates
Penwortham, Lancashire

11 July 2017
Work on Penwortham Tesco store to begin soon
3 February 2017
Tesco asked fo rmore information for planning application

Tesco submitted a planning application in December but have been asked to provide more information on construction methods and sustainability plans for environmental works.

1 September 2014
Tesco says it is still planning to develop site
3 October 2013
Tesco buys site

The vacant 4.9-acre site on Cop Lane, Penwortham, has detailed planning consent for a 35,000 sq ft food store. The site was sold by London-based Telereal Trillium. It is expected a planning application will be submitted to South Ribble council in the near future.

17 May 2013
Sainsbury's pulls out of plans
24 May 2012
Sainsbury's plans approved
28 October 2011
Sainsbury's amends plans

Sainsbury’s made changes to its plans including junction improvements, a new pedestrian crossing on Cop Lane, and widening Cop Lane to create two three-metre wide lanes leading up to the junction. 

4 July 2011

A campaign group "Save Penwortham from Sainsbury's Development" was set up. As of early August over 550 residents had sent objection letters to the Council.

1 July 2011
Sainsbury's submits plans

Sainsbury's lodged a planning application for a 35,000sq ft store. More than 50 people attended a meeting organised by Penwortham Town Councillors on July 19 to discuss their response to the application. The Town Council has criticised the “scale and sheer size” of the plans.