Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Salisbury, Wiltshire

A planning application has been submitted to demolish Tesco's city centre store and rebuild it with a hotel above. Spenhill Developments Ltd, which is owned by Tesco, wants to turn the Tesco Metro and Avon and Riverside Houses in Castle Street into a replacement ground floor shop with a 65-bedroom hotel.

A public exhibition was held in the city in April 2013 and many concerns were raised about the impact the hotel would have on existing businesses in and around the city, with bed and breakfast owners saying it could ruin their livelihoods. 

In September 2016 Tesco has re-launched a bid to turn the vacant Malmesbury Arms on Wilton Road into an Express store, extending the building to the rear. Two first-floor flats will be lost if the plans are approved. Previous proposals submitted in 2013 and 2014 were withdrawn following discussions with Wiltshire Council.

Wiltshire
United Kingdom
51° 4' 2.442" N, 1° 46' 47.226" W
Wiltshire GB

Campaign Updates
Salisbury, Wiltshire

7 September 2016
Tesco returns with new plan for Malmesbury Arms
15 July 2015
Asda plans approved
8 July 2015
Asda plans to be decided in July
13 May 2014
Aldi announces plans for a new store

Aldi wants to build a food store on the site of the former Autecnique showroom which has stood derelict for years. 

8 May 2014
Asda submits plans for Hampton Park Paviliion

Asda has now submitted a planning application for a store with 40,000 sq ft of sales space at Hampton Park Pavilion near Bishopdown Farm. 

17 January 2014
Plans approved
16 January 2014
Plans go before Councillors

The proposal by Spenhill Developments Ltd, which is owned by Tesco, would see the Tesco Metro and Avon and Riverside Houses in Castle Street turned into a replacement ground floor shop with a 65-bedroom hotel above it. A planning officer’s report to Wiltshire Council’s southern area planning committee recommends that the application is given permission, despite the objections from Salisbury City Council and from the owners of existing hotels and guest houses in the city.

5 July 2013
Sainsbury's consultation on Salisbury Gateway project

The multi-million pound Salisbury Gateway project is looking to build a Sainsbury’s store opposite the Tesco supermarket in Salisbury as well as introducing a 12-acre wildlife and wetlands area and making changes to the road, including modifying the College and Bourne Way roundabouts at either end of Southampton Road. An initial planning application for the project was submitted in June last year but withdrawn following public consultation. New plans will now be submitted.