Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire

In November 2011 Sainsbury's submitted a detailed planning application for a new 32,000 sq ft supermarket and an outline application for a 54-acre country park in Whittlesey. Tesco announced its interest in the Eastrea Road site but it has also picked up permission on a site in Station Road.

Fenland District Council considered the two planning applications for new Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores on adjacent out-of-town sites on Eastrea Road on 9th May 2012 but deferred the applications.  In July Sainsbury's published a report that casts doubt on the viability of the Station Road store by detailing the expected hold ups to motorists caused by the level crossing.

In August planning officers recommended that Councillors should support Tesco and not Sainsbury's. However, on 29th August Councillors voted to approve Sainsbury's application and reject Tesco's application. 

However, on 19th September the council’s planning committee met again and decided to approve planning permission to Tesco to build a supermarket in Eastrea Road. 

On 9th October Fenland Council admitted its planning process was "shot to pieces" and Councillors were under investigation as it announced that all three supermarket decisions had been scrapped. 

United Kingdom
52° 33' 29.2248" N, 0° 7' 48.3456" W
Cambridgeshire GB

Campaign Updates
Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire

4 July 2016
Sainsbury's shelve plans

An approach has been made to Aldi to open up a store in Whittlesey after Sainsbury’s shelved plans to build a supermarket in the town.


22 June 2015
Sainsbury's plans approved
8 January 2015
Tesco abandons plans
23 May 2014
Judge dismisses application for judicial review

A High Court judge has ruled that an 11th hour legal challenge to stop Sainsbury’s building their new Whittlesey supermarket “is totally without merit”. Harrier Developments Ltd, took Fenland District Council to court to try and force a judicial review of the decision to award permission to Sainsbury’s. However Mr Justice Mitting said that “despite the length and erudition” of the grounds for appeal “there is nothing in them”.

24 January 2013
Sainsburys granted permission

Fenland Council decided to select Sainsbury's over Tesco to build a supermarket.