Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

In 2010 the BBC reported that Scarborough Borough Council has accepted an undisclosed offer from Tesco for the former refuse depot site on Dean Road. The sale is dependent on Tesco achieving planning permission.



North Yorkshire
United Kingdom
54° 17' 27.1752" N, 0° 25' 2.928" W
North Yorkshire GB

Campaign Updates
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

6 August 2015
Planning officers unable to make recommendation on Lidl plans

Scarborough Council’s planning officers say they are currently unable to make a recommendation on plans to build a Lidl supermarket on the former McCain Stadium site in Seamer Road

7 June 2014
Still no plans for Dean Road site

A day after Tesco pulled out of its bid a government planning inspector ruled that Trafalgar Street West could be closed to traffic to allow for a supermarket to be built. Despite early indications that Asda would step into the breach and build on the two sites no bid has been forthcoming, leaving those who opposed the Tesco application in a state of limbo.

27 January 2014
Group appeal to Council for TPO on weeping elm

If they are successful it could have a knock on effect on any future development on the land. 


13 December 2013
Tesco will not be progressing plans for store

Tesco has confirmed to the Scarborough News that it will not be progressing its plans for a store in Dean Road. It blamed economic conditions for the change of heart.

25 July 2013
Public inquiry launched

Campaigners are gearing up for their final battle against Scarborough’s new Tesco superstore after the Government announced it was launching a public inquiry.  It will be heard at the Spa on October 15 following a wave of objections against the supermarket giant’s plans to partially shut Trafalgar Street West.


8 December 2011
Application granted

The council’s planning and development committee held a special meeting and voted 5 votes to 4 to approve the Tesco application. It also approved Sainsbury's extension.

1 November 2011
Revised applications submitted

Revised plans by Tesco and Sainsbury's were submitted to Scarborough Council. 


1 September 2011
Campaigners go to Downing Street

Campaigners delivered to Downing Street a petition containing 5,400 signatures opposing the new Tesco superstore. And rival bids from Tesco and Sainsbury's to build a new multi-million pound store went on display at the town hall. Please see an article in the Yorkshire Post, 14th September 2011.


1 July 2011
Applications delayed

The applications were hit by further delays amid concerns over the impact the development could have on the town’s roads network and a decision on the proposed developments is not expected to be made until the autumn at the earliest. 

8 March 2011
Decision delayed

Scarborough Borough Council announced the planning committee meetings to decide the applications for the Sainsbury's extension and the Tesco store would be delayed. The delay has been caused by various factors including, a need to consult on revised plans that are currently being prepared following responses to recent public consultations, a requirement for additional time for statutory consultees, including highways, to respond, and the need to consider specialised retail advice, especially regarding any potential impact on the town centre.

3 January 2011

 Tesco will not have to assess the impact of their proposed new Scarborough store on surrounding residents and the environment before submitting a planning application.