Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Halesowen, Dudley

In 2015 residents opposed plans for a Co-op supermarket on the site of the Maypole pub in Halesowen. A campaign group "The Friends of The Maypole" was set up. The group applied for the pub to be listed as a community asset. This would mean the friends group becoming more involved and given first option to buy the pub if it was put up for sale.

The group gathered over 500 signatures on a petition opposing the plans.

In 2013 plans to bulldoze The Swan, Long Lane, and build a supermarket were withdrawn. However, in late July an identical planning was lodged with Dudley Council along with a solicitor’s letter demanding the application be approved. Over 600 residents signed a petition objecting to the plans.

Dudley (West Midlands district)
United Kingdom
52° 26' 56.0724" N, 2° 3' 1.1628" W
Dudley (West Midlands district) GB

Campaign Updates
Halesowen, Dudley

17 November 2017
Hadon Cross Inn reopens following 3-year Co-op battle

Campaigners fought long and hard to save the Haden Cross Inn from plans put forward by site owners New River Retail, and the pub has since undergone a major makeover. Tim Haskey, chairman of the Friends of The Haden Cross, which formed in response to the supermarket plans, said: “At the time, the community came together in outrage at the plans by site owners New River Retail.

10 February 2016
Lidl try to get planning permission to build store at Halesowne Members Club

However, Lidl's plans were refused due to concerns over safety and design.  Dudley Council officers were unhappy that the supermarket was not planning to create a new access point to the extended car park, meaning there would be added pressure on the existing entrance both on the car park and from cars waiting to turn in from Hagley Road. They were also concerned about the extension leading to traffic problems on the busy Hagley Road.

3 September 2015
Councillors for site visit before decision

Councillors who voted for a site visit before deciding whether it should be demolished and replaced with a Co-op. Some members of the council’s development control committee feared children’s lives would be put at risk walking to and from nearby schools by increased traffic using the store.

26 August 2015
Planners recommend approval

Decision will be made at meeting on 1st September.

30 July 2013
New plans submitted to Dudley Council
3 June 2013
Plans withdrawn