Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Desborough, Northamptonshire

The Ar Tarn Action Group was set up to oppose plans for a supermarket which would involve the demolition of a factory and cottages in Desborough. In September 2009 Kettering Council's executive committee decided not to refurbish the 200 year old factory building in Harborough Road. The council bought the former shoe factory for £2m in 2005 and since then there has been a debate about its future. The action group have vowed to carry on the fight to save the factory and cottages from demolition. 


United Kingdom
52° 26' 24.3852" N, 0° 50' 10.8024" W
Northamptonshire GB

Campaign Updates
Desborough, Northamptonshire

7 July 2014
Tesco abandons plans
30 May 2014
Tesco still plans to build store

The time limit for planning permission lasts for three years so Tesco has just seven months to start building work in Desborough or face re-applying for permission.


25 January 2012
Tesco plans approved, Sainsbury's rejected

Kettering Council planning committee voted to approve a 24,000 sq ft Tesco superstore at the former Lawrence Factory site and to refuse an application for a 21,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s superstore. But question marks remain over how the Tesco supermarket will trade, with a covenant on the site preventing the sale of food, and the council has admitted it could take up to three years to remove it. Please see an article in the Evening Telegraph, 25th January 2012.

1 September 2011
Legal wrangling

The Harborough Mail reported that Sainsbury's is behind the legal challenge which forced a decision on a proposed new Tesco store to be postponed. Tesco's plans were due to go before a planning committee last week. But Sainsbury’s put in a legal and procedural challenge to Kettering Borough Council.

6 December 2010
Sainsbury's submits revised plans
1 July 2010
Application refused but second one lodged

Kettering Borough Council refused an application from Sainsbury's, because it favours development in the town centre.