Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Walton, Essex

Tesco applied to build a store and 323 car-park spaces at the front of the Martello Caravan Park in Walton. Campaigners from the Save Walton Mere group said the plans would “devastate” the area. Almost 100 people attended a protest and awareness-raising walk held at the Mere and nearly 3,000 people signed a petition opposing the proposals.

In September 2012, Silverbrook Estates submitted an application to build a supermarket, 130 houses, a care home and moorings for 350 yachts on Walton Mere. The project’s supermarket partner has not yet been announced, but is likely to be Sainsbury’s, Asda or Morrisions.


United Kingdom
51° 50' 53.4696" N, 1° 16' 3.8496" E
Essex GB

Campaign Updates
Walton, Essex

9 February 2015
Aldi starts consultation
16 January 2015
Aldi confirms it is pressing ahead with plans for a new store next to site abandoned by Tesco

If approved its scheme would have a sales area of 1,254sqm and a 102-space car park.

8 August 2013
Plans withdrawn

Plans for a major development of Walton Mere have been shelved. But the owners say they are still planning to develop the site, but will have to adjust their plans after a rival supermarket bid from Tesco was given the go ahead.


15 May 2013
Tesco wants to buy council land

Tesco wants to buy 1.2 hectares of council land to try and improve access to its proposed superstore site.

27 April 2013
Tesco store could be "years away"

Tesco admits it will be years before a new superstore is built in Walton. 

7 March 2012
Plans approved

The plans were deferred by Tendring Council in January but following the meeting, the design of the store was altered and Tendring Councillors approved the plans. Due to the size of the development, the plans were referred to the Secretary of State but he decided not to call them in.

27 May 2011
Town Council refuses plans

Frinton and Walton Town Council voted overwhelmingly against the plans because of the effect on local businesses, highway concerns and a failure to promote Walton town centre.