In May 2011 the Birmingham Mail reported that Tesco and Asda have renewed their six-year-old battle over plans to open stores on either side of Bristol Street. Asda favours a store on the Attwood Green estate and Tesco is looking to redevelop the Monaco House office block.
Asda failed to develop the site within the permitted three-year deadline and hoped to gain a time extension from Birmingham City Council’s planning committee. But, the committee delayed a decision in May 2011 following a late intervention and formal objection from Tesco. Tesco submitted a new planning application for its site but withdrew it in July 2011.
In 2007 a major Tesco development on Bristol Street, near Birmingham city centre, was opposed by Attwood Green Residents Organisation (AGRO). Residents had serious concerns about the impact of a Tesco store and in particular the lack of supermarket choice in the area. The group was granted Rule 6 status and participated in a Public Inquiry to determine the application in 2007. In round one of the struggle btween Asda and Tesco, city planners backed Tesco but in 2008, following the public inquiry, the Secretary of State of Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears overturned the decision and backed Asda because it offered more housing.