In September 2009 Tesco submitted plans to turn the former Blue Pool pub in Sunny Hill into a Tesco Express store. Local residents were concerned about the impact on the existing smaller shops and feel the store is "surplus to requirements" as there is already an Asda and Somerfield close by.
Tesco submitted six linked planning applications for minor alterations to Derby City Council, which included an application to make changes to the building's exterior by installing automatic doors, shutters, bollards and illuminated signs. But Tesco does not need permission to change the use of the building, which means residents have not had an opportunity to raise any objections to the scheme with the Council, as no planning application had to be submitted. However, residents have succeeded in forcing a series of planning applications for minor alterations to be heard by councillors at a planning committee meeting. Normally, they would be decided by council officers alone.