In May 2012 a campaign was launched to try to stop Tesco’s plans for an Express store. Boston Spa Say No to Tesco action group was formed in a bid to halt the Tesco's move on the Georgian listed Crown Hotel pub. The group includes the local MP and more than a 1,400 people who have signed a petition against the supermarket.
Tesco also submitted their application for a Certificate of Lawful Use under application number 12/04329/CLE. This is in support of their original contention that the Crown is only a public house ( Use Class A4 ) and is not a hotel which has a different Use Classification.