Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Ottery St Mary, Devon

Tesco bought a vacant factory plot at St Saviour's, Ottery St Mary.  Residents and the town's Chamber of Commerce, are concerned that a supermarket will "drain the resources of the town". Ottery is a vibrant market town with many independent traders. A group "Sustainable Ottery" was set up to oppose the plans.   Over 150 people attended a public meeting organised by the group on 9th January 2009. Please see an article in, 12th January 2009 for coverage of the meeting.


United Kingdom
50° 45' 5.9868" N, 3° 16' 38.4924" W
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Campaign Updates
Ottery St Mary, Devon

10 April 2010

On 15th April 2010 East Devon District Council approved the Sainsbury's plans and rejected Tesco's plans  for a 20,000 sq ft store. Please see, 16th April 2010.

1 March 2010

In March independent planning experts cast doubt over both applications because they predict that they will both negatively impact on existing traders and town centre. Please see an article in, 22nd March 2010.

1 February 2010
Application recommended for refusal

In February, Devon County Council (DCC) highways experts revealed they have "no objections" to Sainsbury's Hind Street bid, but Tesco factory site plans were recommended for refusal.  Please see, 23rd February 2010.

27 November 2009
Sainsburys join in

Sainsbury's also wants to build a store of around 20,000 sq ft in Hind Street on a Council owned car park and in late November it submitted a formal planning application to East Devon District Council. At the end of October Ottery Town Council formally voted against the proposal. Please see an article at, 2nd November 2009.