Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Plymouth, Devon

Tesco have been bidding to build a megastore since 2008 and want to flatten the current Transit Way building to rebuild it. It was granted planning permission in 2011 but work has never begun and planning consent has now lapsed.

The plan was to build a massive new Tesco store with 745 car parking spaces over two storeys, a bus waiting area and a major shake-up of the Crownhill Road junction. Tesco have now  submitted a new plan to Plymouth City Council to overhaul the junction, potentially paving way for the new store. City planners have granted Tesco conditional approval for plans which will see parts of Crownhill Road and Transit Way dug up to widen the road.


United Kingdom
50° 22' 31.6452" N, 4° 8' 33.5652" W
Devon GB

Campaign Updates
Plymouth, Devon

25 February 2017
Aldi ready to start building store

Aldi amended its original plans for the shop following concerns about ease of entry and exit and increased volume of traffic, and will now rise from the ashes of a former paper factory.

25 November 2016
Aldi store approved

The new store will be built on a site left derelict following the demolition of Southway's former factory which was burned down by arsonists in July 2015.

28 December 2015
Lidl given planning permission

But the store will not be able to sell fresh meat and fresh fish, have an in-store bakery, or have a cash machine – to ensure business is not taken from the Plympton Ridgeway.


1 November 2015
Latest designs approved

Tesco won planning permission for the scheme almost a year ago but then had to apply for advertising consent so it could put up signs and branding.

10 September 2015
New Tesco store to open

Tesco is to build a new Tesco Express near Mutley - less than half a mile from an existing branch. The new convenience store at a busy junction on Alexandra Road will double up as a petrol station. Tesco won planning permission for the scheme almost a year ago but is now in talks with the council over its final designs.


22 July 2015
Tesco abandons plans