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Campaign Updates
Goring, Oxfordshire

27 June 2016
Tesco plans approved

South Oxfordshire District Council has granted full planning permission for the supermarket chain to convert the former Queen’s Arms pub into an Express convenience store. The authority’s planning committee sided with their officers’ recommendations to approve the scheme.

Tesco bought the premises from Greene King in late 2013 and already had permission for “minor works” such as signage. It didn’t need consent to use the existing building because it is covered by permitted development rights. However, it also wanted to extend it by about 40 per cent to create a 2,830 shop floor as well as a service yard, a chiller storage area to the rear and 14 car parking places. 

18 April 2016
Campaigners raise road safety concerns
1 February 2016
Tesco submits second application

Tesco already has consent for “minor works” such as signage, cold storage and a new service yard, and doesn’t need permission for the conversion as the uses are both commercial. However, it wants to extend the building in order to create a 2,830 sq ft shop floor and needs permission from South Oxfordshire District Council. 

2 November 2015
Tesco withdraws plans but plans to submit new application

Tesco has withdrawn its application for planning permission to convert the former Queen’s Arms in Goring into an Express convenience store. Tesco first applied for planing permission in December and this was granted on appeal in May after the district council refused to make a decision. However, Tesco also wanted to extend the property and the inspector did not address this so the company could not proceed. Now it is preparing to submit a new application that includes all its proposed changes. 

27 May 2015
Tesco win appeal
9 February 2015
Appeal will not be heard in public

Instead, planning inspectors will review written evidence for and against the development in private before making a decision.

20 January 2015
Campaign group hold exhibition

Stop Tesco In Goring will outline its concerns over the retailer’s plans for an Express convenience store at the former Queen’s Arms pub. The group believes delivery lorries will struggle to access the site in Reading Road so the drivers will park on the street, causing a hazard for pedestrians and motorists. 

1 December 2014
Tesco plan recommended for refusal again
17 November 2014
Tesco appeal to government planning inspectors

The move could mean there will be no public hearing to decide the company’s application. South Oxfordshire District Council is refusing to determine the company’s application and negotiations between the two have failed to produce an agreement. Tesco wants a 2,830 sq ft floor plus parking for 14 cars, a service yard and 150 sq ft of cold storage. This would expand the floor area by 40 per cent, 10 per cent more than was agreed when then owner Greene King was given permission to extend the pub last year. The council has told Tesco it must build in accordance with these plans or it could withdraw its application and submit a new one covering all its proposals. Tesco's agent CgMs Consulting has asked the Planning Inspectorate to process the case by inviting written comments. 

8 September 2014
Tesco hits snag with store application

Tesco’s plans would increase the area of the premises by 40 per cent, which is 10 per cent more than was agreed when Greene King, the pub’s former owner, was granted planning permission for an extension last year. South Oxfordshire District Council has advised Tesco that if it wants to use that planning permission, it must build in accordance with the plans approved at the time.


21 July 2014
Traffic reports published

Highways consultant Transport Planning Associates says the retailer can safely build an Express store at the former Queen’s Arms pub in Reading Road.However, a report commissioned by opposition group Stop Tesco in Goring says the site is unsuitable.


18 May 2014
Plans submitted
10 March 2014
Campaigners organise protest at site

CAMPAIGNERS stepped up their fight against plans for a new Tesco store in Goring with a protest at the proposed site. More than 60 people gathered outside the former Queen’s Arms pub.

25 February 2014
1,300 households to be asked if they want Tesco

The Goring Gap Business Network, which is conducting the survey, says it wants an accurate snapshot of public opinion on the scheme. 

15 January 2014
Goring Parish Council organise extraordinary meeting