Campaigning to curb supermarket power



Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Residents organised a protest against Tesco's development plans, which gained planning approval, and involved building on woodland and cutting down 200 trees and repositioning the cenotaph. One protester, Oliver Carter, was living in a tree house for 11 days to protest the loss of the trees. However, on 22nd February 2006 Tesco won a high court order to remove the activists from the site. ... Read More


In December 2010 Tincknells and Sainsbury's jointly appealed the decision taken by Mendip District Council's planning committee in June 2010 to refuse planning permission for a store following a second application. The committee decided that the Waitrose site at Whiting Way was a better location for a supermarket and approved the application.

On 25th May Mendip District Council rejected... Read More

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... Read More