Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Westfield, Somerset

Sainsbury's wants to build a 55,000 sq ft store in Westfield. However, some residents are concerned that a store planned at St Peter's Park could take business away from nearby Radstock and Midsomer Norton and cause traffic problems. Over 100 people have signed a petition opposing the plans. Radstock and Midsomer Norton's Chamber of Commerce is concerned that the plans would put traders out of business.

The proposed 55,000 sq ft (5,000 sq m) store would sell food, clothes and homeware and have a petrol station.

Somerset
United Kingdom
50° 49' 16.032" N, 3° 25' 47.2584" W
Somerset GB

Campaign Updates
Westfield, Somerset

21 March 2013
Plans refused

A spokesman for B&NES said that national planning policy prioritised retail development in town and city centres, with this sequential test principle favouring the South Road and Welton Bibby Baron sites. Councillors felt it would have been completely inappropriate to ignore the car park site simply because it was in the ownership of the council. The plans were also considered that the store would have a significant adverse impact on the retail vitality of existing nearby retail centres.