December 2007 - East Staffordshire Borough Council pulled out of the negotiations with Tesco to build a 105,000sq ft megastore on the Bargates Riverside centre site.
November 2008 - the Council's planning committee unanimously rejected Tesco's plans to build nine retail units on the site because they were 'out of character' for the area.
October 2009 -Council officials set out their plans for Bargates and told site owner Tesco: “Like it or lump it.” The Council told site owner Tesco it expects it to co-operate. And if it does not, the council will compulsarily purchase the site for £4 million. Please see an article in the Burton Mail, October 2009.
September 2010 -Tesco agreed a deal to sell the Bargates land to East Staffordshire Borough Council.
October 2010 -Tesco announced it is planning to build a new 110,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store, petrol station and 636 space car park on derelict former railway sidings.
April 2011- Councillors on East Staffordshire Borough Council's planning applications committee approved Tesco's plans to build the 110,000 sq ft store, petrol station and 636 car parking spaces at the Dixie Sidings site off Hawkins Lane.
February 2013 - East Staffordshire Council confirms it now fully owns the Bargates land.