In 2010 Sainsbury's submitted plans for a 40 per cent extension of their Archer Road store. But the Council refused the application because of concerns that traffic generated by the expansion would clog up already strained roads and would worsen air quality. The Millhouses and Carterknowle Community Group also shared these concerns.
In August 2011 Sainsbury’s lost its appeal against refusal of planning permission to extend a Sheffield store. The planning inspector said: “I consider that the main issues in this case are the effect of the proposal on local air quality and the safety and convenience of highway users.” He said the expanded store could attract up to 13 per cent more traffic – which would be unaccepteble when combined with that generated by plans for the expanded Tesco and development of retirement homes on the former Jacobs site, off Abbeydale Road.