Plans for new supermarkets are provoking storms of protest around the country as residents rally to fight developments.
Residents in Epsom, Surrey, have created a protest group to fight the building of a proposed 78,988 sq ft supermarket in the centre of the town.
Plans have been submitted to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council by developer Helical Bar to build a two-storey supermarket with a three-storey car park above it for 521 vehicles (The Grocer, June 11, p13) and the site is understood to be generating interest from Tesco and Asda.
Campaigners in Exmouth, Devon, are also finalising battle plans as they prepare to march on Exmouth District Council to protest against proposals to build a 40,000 sq ft supermarket alongside the Exe estuary.
The Exmouth Citizens Forum has prepared a petition with 10,000 names against the proposals - the largest petition ever collected in the town.
Residents of Waltham Abbey, Essex, are also up in arms over Tesco’s application to Epping Forest Council for the 24-hour opening of its store in Sewardstone Road.
And independent retailers in Colchester, Essex, have united with shoppers to voice their concerns over rumours that Tesco is interested in the empty premises of a former MVC music and entertainment store in the town.
Applications for the extension of an Asda store in Peterborough and a Sainsbury store in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, have also prompted residents of both towns to lodge complaints with their local councils.
Last week, The Grocer revealed that Tesco was facing increasing resistance from protesters, with campaigners in Swansea, Workington, Cheddar and Townsend all opposed to stores planned in their areas.
Beth Brooks