Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Williton, Somerset

Agricultural machine specialist J Gliddon and Sons are planning to build a new supermarket and 175-space car park at the back of their premises in Bank Street.

In March 2011 more than 230 people attended a public meeting led by Williton Chamber of Trade and Commerce to launch a campaign against the development. Campaigners pointed to increased traffic flow as grounds for rejecting the application. Wiliton is a rural village with only 2500 residents and already has two small supermarkets and a significant number of independent traders.  

United Kingdom
51° 9' 31.2372" N, 3° 19' 6.8088" W
Somerset GB

Campaign Updates
Williton, Somerset

13 July 2017
Planning Inspector gives green light for supermarket

The planning inspector said he felt there would be ‘no serious likelihood’ of other stores being forced to close by the arrival of the supermarket.

25 May 2017
4-day public inquiry closes

The 4-day public inquiry will finally decide the fate of Williton businessman David Gliddon’s controversial £7 million supermarket scheme on land he owns in the village. Government inspector David Wildsmith will give his verdict later this year on the development West Somerset Council’s planning committee has turned down three times in the last five years.

27 November 2015
new supermarket plans to be considered

Plans for a Williton Supermarket are once again going before West Somerset District Council's planning committee recommended for approval.

25 May 2014
Campaigners start leaflet drop
6 May 2014
New plans submitted
25 April 2013
Plans refused

Council officers had urged members to refuse the plans on the grounds that they would ruin trade for existing shops in Williton.


4 February 2013
Revised plans submitted
1 February 2010
Supermarket plans exhibited