In September 2007 Tesco submitted a planning application for a 40,000 square-foot supermarket on the former Gregory's Transport depot in London Road, Amesbury.
On the 22nd May 2008 Salisbury District Council's planning and regulatory committee approved plans for new supermarkets from Tesco and Sainsbury's. In August 2008 the plans were "called-in" by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government because the decision went against council policy on out-of-town shopping development. A public inquiry into the applications began on the 13th January 2009.
In September 2009, the Planning Inspector granted developers approval to build a new Tesco store. The Secretary of State agreed with Inspector's recommendation and considered the Tesco application to be preferable to the Asda proposal in terms of accessibility and the sequential approach, design and landscape impacts and employment policy. Please see an article in the Salisbury Journal, 23rd September 2009.