Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Ulverston, Cumbria

Ulverston faces two plans for supermarkets in the town.

i) Robinsons plans for a supermarket in Brewery Street.  In April 2012 the plans were withdrawn and re-submitted after heritage organisations including English Heritage, the Victorian Society and Save Britain’s Heritage all objected to the plan, which would involve the demolition of former brewery buildings.

ii) Sainsbury's plans to build a 20,000 square feet store, off the A590 at West Lodge, Lightburn Road (at land known locally as the Bee Hive).

United Kingdom
54° 11' 40.4988" N, 3° 4' 34.2192" W
Cumbria GB

Campaign Updates
Ulverston, Cumbria

7 September 2017
Development would "detract from vitality of the town centre"

Ulverston Traders Association has criticised a major retail development saying it would "detract from the vitality of the town centre" if building work goes ahead. Plans have been set in motion to attract retail giants Marks & Spencer and Aldi to the development, located on the A590 near Daltongate.

27 March 2015
Plans approved

Members of South Lakeland District Council's planning committee voted in favour of the proposals.

16 March 2015
Ulverston Town council recommend that SLDC rejects to new plans

 Ulverston Town Council voted to recommend that SLDC rejects the new plans on the grounds a number of key concerns raised during the hearing have not been addressed.

5 February 2015
Sainsbury's rules out move to Ulverston
28 November 2014
Judge says Council decision didn't give sufficient weight to potential harm

A two-day judicial review was held in Manchester County Court to examine the decision and after months of deliberation, the verdict was announced today. Keep Ulverston Special described today's ruling as 'a landmark judgement' for both Ulverston and 'other planning authorities around the country,' It says Judge Waksman QC found that 'SLDC did not give sufficient weight to the potential harm which the proposed development will make to Ulverston’s conservation area and heritage assets.' It said: "The judgement also says that SLDC’s Environmental Impact Assessment was defective, though the Judge exercised his discretion not to quash on this ground."


30 September 2014
Date for judicial review

A judge will review South Lakeland District Council’s decision to grant drinks firm Frederic Robinson Ltd permission to develop its Ulverston site at a hearing in Manchester on September 30.

2 April 2014
Campaigners win right for a judicial review

Plans to build a supermarket on a former brewery site have been put on hold. Campaigners opposing plans for the old Hartley's site in Ulverston have won the right for a judicial review into the planning permission.A statement from Kus said: "We welcome the decision by the judge to allow the judicial review. Our heritage brewery site would be utterly destroyed with this development.

21 June 2013
Rawdon Properties says it intends to appeal refusal of its application
3 June 2013
Campaigners call for decision to be called-in

Campaigners have written to the secretary of state for local government, Eric Pickles asking for the decision to be called in for review comes as the developers said they hoped to announce which supermarket chain will eventually use the store at the former brewery “before too long”.

26 April 2013
Plans for a supermarket on the Robinson's brewery site approved

South Lakeland District Council's planning committee narrowly accepted the Robinson's application by seven votes to six.

26 April 2013
Sainsbury's plans refused

A proposal to block the development was approved by a vote of 13 to one, with one Councillor abstaining.

3 September 2012
Sainsbury's submits plans

For a 20,000 square feet store, off the A590 at West Lodge, Lightburn Road (at land known locally as the Bee Hive).

1 July 2011
Planning application submitted

Robinson’s submitted the planning application for the “high-end” store on its old brewery site.

1 April 2009
Tesco Express plans approved

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) approve four applications from Tesco to change the shop front, fit an illuminated fascia and projection sign, air-conditioning units and condenser.

2 February 2009
Tesco to move into old Woolworth's store