However, some neighbours suggested Dame Janet’s resistance to the Co-op was borne out of “snobbery”, as she was accused of trying to preserve a “coffee eutopia” created by wealthy residents. An Academy Award nominated actress has been accused of “snobbery” over her objection to a new Co-op store in her north London “village”.Dame Janet Suzman, who made her name through performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, said she feared the supermarket chain could negatively impact independent smaller businesses in “Belsize Village”, near Belsize Park, after plans were revealed for a new outlet last week.The 79-year-old, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1972 for her debut film role in Nicholas and Alexandra, has previously campaigned against Tesco and Sainsbury from opening branches in the area.Speaking to the Camden New Journal newspaper, she said: “Go away, Co-op, find a nice high street or some other lonely corner where you could serve a purpose, and leave Belsize alone.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”It’s going to be tough on the small established shops already serving the needs of the Village and most likely put them out of business. What a rubbish way to find your profits – on the back of the ruination of others.” We are not all rolling in it and and people who aren’t as wealthy would welcome the Co-op. The Co-op is going to be a god sendResident Dawn Zimbler While some said they believed that the Co-op would be beneficial in providing cheaper food for families, others noted its presence could alter the area’s character.Sebastian Wocker, 53, the publisher of Hampstead Village Voice, said: “There is an economic aspect to this, the people who want to conserve the area are wealthier and will drive to Waitrose or Marks and Spencer, which are quite expensive. “Whereas Co-op is affordable, people need to be able to do an affordable shop.”But people don’t want to see Belisize Village turn into a generic high street, it can change the dynamic of the place.” Pensioner Michael Francis added: “I think a lot of people might think that it would spoil the area, and maybe it might do. It’s the signs that really are a pain, it’s the brashness of the outside.” Dame Janet was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1972 for her debut film role in Nicholas and AlexandraCredit:Martin Pope Dame Janet said she was bemused by the reaction expressed by some of her neighbours following her remarks.Speaking to the Daily Telegraph she said: “I have not read these ‘snobbery accusations’ to my thoughts on Belsize Village and thus can’t reply with exactitude, except to say I’m flummoxed as to why defending small shops from larger ones is a naughty notion.” A spokesperson for Co-op said: “We believe that a new Co-op store on Belsize Lane would enhance shopping options for local people, providing a wide selection of fresh, healthy foods and meal ideas as well as creating a number of full and part-time jobs which would be targeted at people living in the immediate vicinity. ‘‘The Co-op is a proud community retailer and would also provide members and customers with the opportunity to raise funds for local groups and organisations through its highly regarded Membership Scheme.” Resident, Dawn Zimbler, 48, said: “We are not all rolling in it and and people who aren’t as wealthy would welcome the Co-op. The Co-op is going to be a god send.”There are a lot of people who are affluent, but there are also a lot of people in social housing. “As far as small businesses are concerned there is a greengrocer which needs to protected, but most of the businesses are coffee shops.”It’s absolute snobbery. What these people are scared of are people coming in who don’t ‘fit’ the area. They have created a coffee eutopia and they don’t want it ruined with the riff raff.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.