Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Durham City, Durham

Asda wants to open the store on the former Mono Containers site at Dragonville. The site, opposite a Tesco Extra, has been cleared pending redevelopment. The store will have a 45,000sq ft sales area, a filling station, and space for 365 cars. The company held a public exhibition on January 10.


United Kingdom
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Durham GB

Campaign Updates
Durham City, Durham

27 December 2015
Delays in Morrisons and Asda plans

Asda submitted a planning application to Durham County Council in summer 2014.  Morrisons, secured planning permission to open a 6,000sq metre food supermarket in part of the B&Q store on Durham City Retail Park in October 2014. As recently as January (2015), Morrisons was saying work would begin work on its  outlet in May and the store would open by this Christmas. But 18 months after the planning application was filed, the council is yet to rule on Asda’s plans and, although B&Q has completed its downsizing operation, it appears Morrisons is yet to start work on the ground in the space the DIY giant has vacated.Asda remains committed to the project, with a spokesman saying: “Our planning application is currently with Durham County Council and we await confirmation of when it will be presented to the council’s planning committee.”


21 October 2014
Change of use permission not required

Members of Durham County Council’s central and east area planning committee heard that permission was not required for change of use into a food store, but several external alterations would need to be approved to allow the conversion to go ahead, .

8 September 2014
Morrisons announces plans for new store

In January Asda unveiled plans to open a new supermarket employing 400 people just yards away form the Tesco store on the other side of Dragon Lane, on the former Mono Containers factory site. And in September Morrisons announced proposals to open a new store less than half a mile away on Durham City Retail Park in the existing B&Q.

9 April 2014
Asda submits plans

Asda has submitted a planning application to Durham County Council for the scheme in Dragon Lane, which is in the Dragonville area of the city.