Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

In 2010 Tesco admitted it had been using an additional 624 sq m over the permitted figure. The store has also been using 269 sq m of sales floorspace than allowed. Now Tesco has applied for the condition to be amended to allow it to have 4,789 sq m of sales floorspace including 2,071 for non-grocery goods.

A number of groups have been campaigning against a retrospective planning application and point to the potential damage the supermarket giant is inflicting on small traders in the town centre.

Tesco’s retrospective plans were rejected by Shropshire Council's central planning committee in early September 2010.. Campaigners say that the firm stance taken by Shropshire Council could help prevent other retailers breaching planning rules. On 14th September the Shropshire Star reported that Councillors called for enforcement action to be taken against Tesco.

On 22nd October the plans by Tesco to increase the amount of space it uses for non-grocery goods at its Shrewsbury “Extra” store were approved despite concerns from other traders. Councillors on Shropshire Council’s Strategic Planning Committee were completely split on the decision with an equal number of votes for and against, but its chairman John Everall had the casting vote, meaning they were approved.

Then in June 2011 it applied to expand the store by a third.

United Kingdom
52° 42' 51.1164" N, 2° 45' 27.2448" W
Shropshire GB

Campaign Updates
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

20 October 2017
Waitrose scraps store plans

Waitrose has shelved plans to build a huge store in Shrewsbury, blaming 'challenging market conditions'.

7 July 2017
Work has started on Lidl's second Shrewsbury store which is set to open early next year
2 June 2017
Wait goes on for Waitrose decision on new store

Waitrose had warned it may pull out of the Oteley Road project if plans for a nearby Lidl at Shrewsbury Town Football Club were approved. A spokesman for the firm said that it is carefully considering the future of the plans, but accepted the delay was frustrating.


15 April 2017
Lidl store approved
6 April 2017
Shrewsbury Town offer £65,000 for community facilities over Lidl store bid

Shrewsbury Town Football Club have offered to pay tens of thousands of pounds towards community sports facilities in a bid to get a Lidl supermarket built at its stadium.

18 December 2016
Tesco buys back own Shrewsbury supermarket in £53m deal

Tesco has excercised an option to buy back its Ludlow branch from Legal & General Property, which it sold alongside others in Quinton in Birmingham and Market Deeping in Lincolnshire in 2011.

4 January 2015
Sainsbury's extension approved
3 September 2014
Public hearing will take place this month

The development of a 21,000sq ft store by developers Morbaine has already by turned down twice by Shropshire Council planning committee members. Now a hearing in to the proposed development, on land to the rear of the BP garage on Hereford Road, will be held at the town's Shirehall next Tuesday at 10am by the Secretary of State's planning inspectorate.


2 April 2012
Plans approved

Shropshire Council put its decision over the bid on hold after asking the supermarket to clarify how much of the expanded store would be dedicated to selling comparison – non-food – goods and how much would be set aside for food items. But then approved plans in April.

22 July 2011
Tesco rejects claims that expansion would impact on town centre

Tesco rejected claims made by its own representatives that plans to extend its Extra store in Shrewsbury by a third would result in £2.7 million trade being lost from the town centre each year. Tesco said it did not accept the figure provided by its representatives to town councillors. 

3 June 2011
Tesco plans to expand store

Tesco announced plans to expand the store by a third. This would mean building on land owned by Tesco and currently occupied by banks and other office buildings.

5 July 2010
Tesco resubmit application to vary planning condition

 Tesco resubmitted a planning application to vary a condition of consent originally imposed by the Secretary of State in 2004 before the store was built. The store admitted it had “inadvertently” breached planning rules by allowing more floorspace for non-grocery products. The condition said it could use no more than 1,447 sq m of floorspace for “comparison goods”, such as clothing, footwear and household goods.