Tesco first unveiled plans for a new store to be built on playing fields at Sandy Lane, Dawlish in 2007. Teignbridge District Council own the land and lease it to Dawlish Football Club.
Sainsbury's also submitted plans for a store in the town. A very complicated planning process which included judicial reviews and planning inquiries then ensued. Resulting in a government inspector ruling out proposals for a Tesco out-of-town store in June 2011. He said that "Two stores would almost certainly damage the health of the town centre. The Tesco proposal, cumulatively with the approved Sainsburys' scheme, would deliver every prospect of a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Dawlish town centre".
A campaign group “Dawlish Against Developing Sandy Lane (DADS)” was set up to oppose the plans.
2007 - Tesco unveiled plans for a new store to be built on playing fields at Sandy Labe. Teignbridge District Council own the land and lease it to Dawlish Football Club.
May 2008 - Tesco withdrew its proposals, but focused attention on developing a store at Lady's Mile Holiday Park.
Sainsbury's then submitted plans for a new store in Shutterton, and despite the planning officer recommending refusal, the Councillors approved the application.
March 2009 - The on-going action meant Sainsbury's was unable to proceed with its first application and submitted another one while Tesco has resubmitted its plan for a store on land at the holiday park, less than a mile from the planned Sainsbury's store, and the same location where it's previous bid to build a store was rejected by Teignbridge Council planners.
March 2009 - Tesco plans went before Dawlish Town Council and were unanimously recommended refusal
June 2009 -at an interim hearing , the judge recommended there should be a full hearing.
December 2009 - Tesco triumphed in the High Court as Judge Rabinder Singh quashed Teignbridge District Council's decision to grant planning permission to Sainsbury’s for a new store on the Shutterton Bridge site, and ordered the Council to reconsider.
Tesco applied for, and was granted leave to seek a judicial review to challenge approval for Sainsbury's store in the town.