Tesco and St James’s Investments Ltd submitted a detailed planning application for a store on the former Bath Press site which will comprise retail, commercial, community and residential uses. A planning application on the former Bath Press site at Lower Bristol Road, was first submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council in August 2010. But later withdrawn.
New plans were then submitted in July 2011. In November 2011 Council chiefs defended the length of time it has taken them to deal with the plans.
On 12th March 2012 Tesco and St James Investments withdrew their planning applications.
April 2011 - the Council confirmed that officers were still in discussion with the developers over a number of issues. The Royal United Hospital has formally objected to the plans, warning that increased congestion could hold up ambulances delivering emergency patients. Traffic concerns have also been raised by the Federation of Bath Residents' Associations.