Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Blackheath, Colchester

Tesco's proposals for a convenience store on the site of the former Cherry Tree Garage, in Blackheath, Colchester, provoked local opposition because residents felt that the store would overwhelm local roads. A petition gathered 700 signatures.

 

 

Essex
United Kingdom
51° 53' 45.3372" N, 0° 53' 30.7464" E
Essex GB

Campaign Updates
Blackheath, Colchester

20 July 2009
Decision appealed and granted

However, on the 20th December 2008 the Braintree and Witham Times reported that Tesco has appealed against the decision and the application was considered by a Government inspector at a public inquiry in June 2009. In July the Planning Inspector ruled that the development could go ahead.

27 October 2008
Application refused

At the end of October Colchester Council rejected Tesco's proposals as they "went against policy" as the site was outside a designated retail centre in an unsustainable out-of-centre location and that a Tesco Express would have “a negative effect on the viability and vitality” of nearby shops. For further information please see The Gazette, 27th October 2008.