Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Southport, Sefton

In January 2008 Tesco submitted an application to Sefton Council to expand its Town Lane store by a third - taking it to  80,000 sq ft.

More than 3,300 people signed a petition against the expansion bid, with Sefton’s planning officers warning that green-lighting the plans would “be detrimental to the vitality and viability of Southport town centre”.

United Kingdom
53° 38' 22.2864" N, 2° 59' 47.4756" W
Liverpool GB

Campaign Updates
Southport, Sefton

25 July 2017
B&M stores in Southport and West Lancs could be converted into Asda stores

B&M Bargains stores in Southport and West Lancashire could be converted into Asda stores, as the supermarket firm eyes a takeover. Asda is believed to be planning the acquisition of Merseyside based discount chain B&M Retail whicn would include shops on Lord Street in Southport, Railway Road in Ormskirk and Ringtail Retail Park in Burscough.

8 December 2016
Government gives supermarket go ahead

The plans have been approved by the Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The case was the first major supermarket planning application to face an enquiry by the Planning Inspectorate for two years.

8 September 2016
Government decision expected by 8th December 2016

Planning Inspector Helen Skinner has gone away to write up her findings, which will then go to the Secretary of State for a final decision.

That is expected to take another three months however - with the decision now due on or before Thursday, December 8, this year - just before Christmas.

7 September 2016
Planning inquiry to be held on 8th September
9 January 2015
Sainsbury's plans called-in by Government
15 October 2014
Plans approved
8 October 2014
Planners recommend approval

Plans to build a huge new supermarket in Southport could be given the go-ahead next week. Sefton Council head of planning services, Jane Gowing, is urging councillors on the planning committee to allow Sainsbury’s to build a store at Meols Cop retail park in Kew, despite admitting that it would damage other businesses.


16 May 2014
Plans submitted
6 March 2014
Sainsbury's confirms plans for new store at Meols Cop Retail Park

Sainsbury's has confirmed that it and UBS, the  owner of the Retail Park, confirmed  they will be submitting a joint  planning application in the coming  months.

7 February 2011
Express plans approved
6 December 2010
Tesco Express store plans revealed

Tesco revealed plans to open a new Express store on the site of Hewitt's furniture store, Eastbank Street.

2 August 2010
Plans rejected
14 January 2009
Tesco withdrew plans

To expand its Town Lane store ahead of the planning committee meeting that night. Councillors were expected to reject the plans