Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Ilkley, Yorkshire

In March 2008 Tesco withdrew an application to build a new, larger store on Mayfield Rd. This followed a well organised campaign by local residents and traders, which included a petition with over 5,000 signatures. Ilkley Residents Against Tesco Encroachment (IRATE), a campaign group set up to oppose the plans, was delighted that Tesco withdrew its application.

But in February 2009 Tesco unveiled plans for a second application. Over 2,000 letters of objection and a petition containing 5,000 names were submitted to the Council.

Finally, after a public inquiry in September 2010 Tesco was granted planning permission on condition it builds within 3 years.

In July 2013 Tesco again sought permission to build a bigger store in Ilkley before consent expires in September. It has submitted an application to Bradford Council to renew permission for the supermarket, and redevelop its current Springs Land site as business units and a residential care home. If approved, the new plans will extend the time limit for both developments.

United Kingdom
53° 55' 34.2372" N, 1° 49' 20.4852" W
Bradford GB

Campaign Updates
Ilkley, Yorkshire

27 August 2015
Tesco confirms sale of site
5 September 2014
Tesco drops plans for Ilkley

And plans to sell site.

21 November 2013
Attempt to block plan rejected

MP Kris Hopkins asked for Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to call in the renewed planning permission conditionally approved by a Bradford Council committee last month.But planning minister, Nick Boles, has said the plan to build a bigger supermarket off Mayfield Road and Railway Road will not be called in.


18 October 2013
Tesco granted renewed planning permission
17 October 2013
Tesco's application may be considered

The consent granted by a Government planning inspector in 2010 was due to expire last month, with some planning conditions yet to be approved by the council. A condition relating to drainage on the proposed new store site was still pending a council decision. Tesco, which sent a contractor in to do work on the site in August, recently said it had discharged all conditions associated with the original planning consent and had had legal advice to this effect.

18 July 2013
Tesco submits application

Tesco again seeks permission to build a bigger store in Ilkley before consent expires in September.

1 February 2010
Tesco successfully Appeal

Tesco lodged an appeal against the decision just before the 6-month deadline for an appeal.  A public inquiry was held in July 2010. In September 2010, the Planning Inspectorate overturned the Council's decision and granted Tesco planning permission. 

3 August 2009
Application refused

The application was considered by Keighley Area planning panel on 3rd August 2009 and Councillors unanimously refused the plans for the supermarket on the grounds of the inappropriate design and materials, highways impact on residents’ amenity and said it was unacceptable in an out-of-centre location, contrary to the council’s retail strategy. However, planning officers ruled they could not cite road safety dangers as a reason to refuse the plan, as Tesco had offered to fund various highway works. Please see an article in the Ilkley Gazette, 4th August 2009 and an article on the 6th August 2009.