Campaigning to curb supermarket power



Penwortham, Lancashire

In April 2011 more than 100 concerned residents packed into a meeting to discuss plans for a 35,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store on the corner of Cop Lane and Liverpool Road. Residents fear the development will create further traffic chaos at the notorious junction and spell disaster for existing shops.

Portwood, Stockport

In Stockport, Tesco built a large hypermarket they had billed as a ‘regeneration store’ 20% larger than they had been granted planning permission for by Stockport Council. The store, 120,000 square feet rather than 100,000 square feet as allowed by the council, opened and started trading in November 2004 at the larger size. Tesco first applied to the Council to allow them the extra space two... Read More

Ramsbottom, East Lancashire

Sainsbury's had an option to buy and develop land, an ex paper mill, on the edge of the town, but abandoned plans in April 2013.

Ramsbottom is a small market town in East Lancs, a population of 11,500 with three supermarkets alread. The town is full of independents with no high street clones, a few charity shops, and retail occupancy is around 90-95%.