In January 2010 Tesco unveiled plans to build a 15,000 sq ft supermarket, including 137 car parking spaces in Park Road, Faringdon.
Tesco submitted a planning application to Vale of White Horse District Council. But local traders were concerned about the impact a new store will have on the town centre.
However, Vale of White Horse district councillors refused the application because it would divert trade from the town centre and was on a site earmarked for industrial use. The planning officer recommended the rejection on planning grounds including i) the Park Road site was outside Faringdon’s identified town centre area in the local plan and would divert trade from the town centre ii) alternative sites on the edge of town were not properly investigated by Tesco iii) the plan involved the loss of an established industrial employment site. Please see an article in the Oxford Times, 29th October 2010.