Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Wolverton, Milton Keynes

A campaign "Big Enough Already" was launched to stop the local Tesco store in Wolverton, Milton Keynes, from expanding to a Tesco Extra. 

Tesco applied for planning permission in November 2007 and the application was refused some two years later following a campaign by the Big Enough Already Group. The Group focusse its efforts on planning reasons, mainly PPS6, the local plan and conservation issues.  The planning officers recommendation was to give permission to the application but after a three hour debate at a special planning meeting on 7th May 2009 Milton Keynes Council Development Control Committee turned down the application from Tesco to double the size of its store in Wolverton from 55,000sq ft to a Tesco Extra store of 120,000sq ft with around 850 car parking spaces. The Committee refused the application on the grounds that the expansion would have a detrimental effect on the vitality and viability of Wolverton town centre and be out of keeping with the conservation area.



United Kingdom
52° 3' 33.2856" N, 0° 50' 20.6916" W
Northamptonshire GB

Campaign Updates
Wolverton, Milton Keynes

10 September 2014
Aldi want to open store

in old car showroom site in Stratford Road. But the council’s planning officers say the ‘out-of-centre’ store is ‘unacceptable’ and Aldi should consider the Agora, which is 0.5 miles away, or the Railway Works site that is 0.3 miles away from the proposed site. The plans are due to be discussed by members of the council’s development control committee.

4 January 2010
Tesco granted planning permission

 The Planning Inspector overruled the Council's decision and granted Tesco planning permission.

2 November 2009
Public Inquiry held
20 July 2009
Tesco appealed against the decision
7 May 2009
Tesco plans refused