Campaigning to curb supermarket power

York, Yorkshire

January 2015 - A campaign to stop The Punch Bowl in The Groves being turned into a supermarket is making progress. A 1,200-signature petition and support from York’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), branch, asked City of York Council to recommend an Article 4 Direction for the venue - which would force the supermarket chain to apply for planning permission and give the community a chance to register their objections or support for the development.

Council officers had recommended the Article 4 Direction be refused, but at a public meeting at West Offices on Monday, Councillor David Levene and council leader Dafydd Williams agreed the development should go to a full planning application.

May 2013, City of York Council turned down an application by Sainsbury’s to fit a new shopfront to Queen’s House, at the foot of Micklegate, and install a cash machine. Planning officials said the scheme would damage the appearance of the historic building.It has already secured a licence for the premises from the council. North Yorkshire Police had objected to Sainsbury’s applying to sell alcohol between 9am and 9pm every day because of crime and antisocial behaviour concerns, but a council licensing hearing ruled this could be allowed under strict conditions.

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Campaign Updates
York, Yorkshire

16 October 2015
Sainsbury's dismisses claims it is abandoning plans
8 May 2015
Saibsury's plans given ok by Secretary of State

Secretary of State Eric Pickles has decided not to order a public inquiry into City of York Council's decision to grant permission for the 60,000 ft supermarket on the current site of B&Q in Hull Road.

21 January 2015
Campaigners stage protest

against plans for a new Sainsbury's store in York's Hull Road during a site visit by Councillors. Planning officers are recommending members to grant conditional approval.

18 November 2014
Doubt over whether store plan will proceed
8 May 2014
Saisbury's submits planning application

Sainsbury's is seeking permission from City of York Council to convert the B&Q store on Hull Road into a 60,000 sq ft foodstore. 

26 March 2014
Petition of almost 2,000 signatures handed in

To York Councillors asking for stricter controls around supermarket development in response to Sainsbury's plans to open its third large supermarket in the city.The petition calls for the council "not to approve any further planning permissions for supermarkets in York without a public debate" stating: "We believe that York has now too many large supermarkets and any further expansion will threaten the very existence and sustainability of independent local retailers.”

25 January 2014
Sainsbury's hold public exhibition

Of plans to convert the current B&Q store into a 60,000 sqft supermarket and 490 car parking spaces.

1 July 2013
Sainsbury's submits new application