Campaigners handed in a 470-signature petition to X-Leisure which manages the Cambridge Leisure Park where Tesco plans to open an Express store. X-Leisure will rent the store to Tesco. The store will not need planning permission for change of use but Tesco has applied for planning permission for air conditioning and refrigeration, a covered storage area, a cash machine and signage.
Local traders fear a new Tesco Express will damage their businesses. The fight begins on the back of news that Tesco has failed in two appeals for permission to build an extension as part of plans to open a separate store in Mill Road. For further information please see an article in Cambridge News, 14th November 2008.