In 2008 a campaign group opposed plans for a new Tesco Express on Bathwick Street. The plans were refused by the local council twice, but were then approved by central government. However, the planning inspector approving the plans did recognise that the development would have an adverse impact on road safety, and imposed a planning condition requiring Tesco to make safe the surrounding roads.
The site is next door to an independent grocery store that has been there for 20 years. The campaign group organised a well-attended community meeting on the 7th January 2008, and successfully objected to an attempt by Tesco to extend the store's liquor licensing hours beyond its opening hours.