Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Todmorden, Calderdale

In October 2010 Sainsbury's submitted an application for a store on the Halifax Road.  A total of 3,450 people, approximately a quarter of the town's population, signed a petition against the store.

In August 2011 planning officers recommended the planning committee approve the application.  But on 10th August Calderdale Council’s planning committee refused to grant permission because of concerns about the impact another supermarket would have on existing town centre shops and businesses in Todmorden.

The developers appealed but then Sainsbury's withdrew from the appeal.

Asda then stepped in to become the new end-user and continued the appeal which ended in November 2012 when the Planning Inspector ruled against the plans.


A campaign group "Stop Netto - Save Todmorden" was set up to oppose Netto's plans to open a store in the former Olympic cinema building in Todmorden. Asda paid £700,000 for the Abraham Ormerod Centre for use as a 72-space car park. In January 2011 Netto submitted a new application. On 17th March Calderdale Council planning committee approved the Netto plans.

In July Asda told a planning inquiry that they have abandoned plans to build a store near Todmorden Market. Instead, they are going all out to redevelop a controversial site in Rochdale Road, which is at the edge of the town centre and which Sainsbury’s had been interested in.

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Calderdale GB

Campaign Updates
Todmorden, Calderdale

11 July 2016
Aldi plans approved

Aldi could soon open in the heart of Todmorden after plans for the store were approved. The proposals for the store, at the derelict site of the Abraham Ormerod medical centre and former Olympia cinema on Burnley Road, went before Calderdale Council’s planning committee on Tuesday. The application had been deferred in June over highways concerns.

25 September 2015
Lidl submits plans for site

Lidl is the latest food retailer to submit a plan for the land off Hope Street and Halifax Road - a key “gateway” site in Todmorden - to open a new store, replacing the company’s existing outlet 200 metres away.

29 April 2014
Decision on Asda's plans to be made
3 March 2014
Town Council refuse plans

Members felt the revised building design was unsuitable and the petrol station - which was not included in the previous application - was too close to nearby residential properties.


11 February 2014
Fresh plans for a new Asda supermarket

Fresh plans for a new Asda supermarket in Todmorden — on the site of an old cinema and medical centre — have divided the town. Asda already has planning permission for the old Abraham Ormerod surgery and Olympia cinema site in Burnley Road. But while there was talk of retaining the Olympia’s art deco frontage back in 2011, the new proposals would see both buildings bulldozed.




13 November 2012
Appeal rejected

Planning Inspector Mel Middleton rejected the appeal on grounds that it would have a “significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Todmorden town centre.”

1 October 2012
Public inquiry starts
1 August 2012
Asda becomes the end-user

Public had the opportunity to view the proposals for a new Asda store on the site. 

30 May 2012
Sainsbury's withdraw from the appeal
1 March 2012
Sainsburys appeal against decision

. On 24th July the planning inspector adjourned the public inquiry because the appellant, Property Alliance Group and MCR, had carried out inadequate consultation has now been named the “end user”.