Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire

In 2006 Tesco announced plans for a new store on an ex-industrial site with listed buildings. Local residents and traders, worried about the impact a new store would have on the town centre and traffic, started a campaign to oppose the plans. In August 2009 a new application by Tesco was given outline planning permission for a store, car park and petrol station at the former Carpets of Worth factory site in Severn Road. Following a long and complicated process Tesco's plans were finally approved in October 2010.

United Kingdom
52° 20' 25.404" N, 2° 16' 36.6744" W
Worcestershire GB

Campaign Updates
Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire

10 April 2014
Work starts on store
13 October 2010
Tesco application approved

Wyre Forest Councillors approved Tesco's application.

30 September 2010
Tesco submits application

Tesco submitted a further detailed planning application to Wyre Forest District Council that if approved would allow it to proceed with development of a new supermarket in Stourport. The company has previously received two outline planning permissions from the council for two separate sets of plans for the former Carpets of Worth site. 

5 July 2010
Court of Appeal allow decision to stand

The court of appeal ruled that the condition was "sufficiently clear and certain" and that the permission should stand. 

5 April 2010
Court of Appeal

The Midcounties Co-operative Limited asked the Court of Appeal to quash the planning permission granted by Wyre Forest District Council in May 2008 for a Tesco on the grounds that a condition limiting the retail floorspace is unclear.

5 October 2009
Co-op granted judicial review

The Co-op won the go-ahead to bring a new legal challenge to the grant of planning permission to Tesco. Appeal Court judge Lord Justice Dyson ruled that Midcounties Co-op has an arguable case, justifying a full appeal hearing on a date yet to be scheduled.

5 September 2008
Co-op calls for a judicial review

Claiming the decision to give the new store the go-ahead was flawed.

15 May 2008
Plans re-approved by Committee

The application came back to the planning committee in May after new information was received that suggested the extra traffic could cause unacceptable levels of air pollution in Stourport town centre. But at a meeting on the 15th May the Planning Committee rejected the new evidence and re-approved the planning application.

3 March 2008
Tesco plans approved

Wyre Forest District Council Planning Committee approved Tesco's outline planning application. The Town Council also voted 10-2 in favour of the application.