Tesco applied to build a store and 323 car-park spaces at the front of the Martello Caravan Park in Walton. Campaigners from the Save Walton Mere group said the plans would “devastate” the area. Almost 100 people attended a protest and awareness-raising walk held at the Mere and nearly 3,000 people signed a petition opposing the proposals.
In September 2012, Silverbrook Estates submitted an application to build a supermarket, 130 houses, a care home and moorings for 350 yachts on Walton Mere. The project’s supermarket partner has not yet been announced, but is likely to be Sainsbury’s, Asda or Morrisions.