Tesco's proposals for a convenience store on the site of the former Cherry Tree Garage, in Blackheath, Colchester, provoked local opposition because residents felt that the store would overwhelm local roads. A petition gathered 700 signatures.
At the end of October Colchester Council rejected Tesco's proposals as they "went against policy" as the site was outside a designated retail centre in an unsustainable out-of-centre location and that a Tesco Express would have “a negative effect on the viability and vitality” of nearby shops. For further information please see The Gazette, 27th October 2008.
However, on the 20th December 2008 the Braintree and Witham Times reported that Tesco has appealed against the decision and the application was considered by a Government inspector at a public inquiry in June 2009. In July the Planning Inspector ruled that the development could go ahead.