In 2010 residents of Great Shelford launched a campaign group, a website and petitions and want a parish referendum to stop Tesco opening an Express store in the former Eaden Lilley premises. 250 people attended a public meeting in October 2010.
A two-storey shop extension was approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee in July 2010 but Tesco did not need planning permission for change of use. However, it needs need planning permission for an ATM machine, plant and machinery and shop front alterations. Please see an article in Cambridge News, 11th October 2010.
In January 2011 South Cambridgeshire District Council's planning committee refused applications for a new shop front, a cash machine and a lit sign. The refusals came after 528 residents wrote letters of objection, accompanied by a 395-signature petition. Plans for signs on the side of the building were approved. Please see an article in the Cambridge News, 13th January 2011. South Cambridgeshire's District Council planning committee met again on 11th May and approved Tesco's application to install a refrigeration condenser and air conditioning units, despite villagers’ concerns about increased deliveries of chilled goods.
In September 2011 Tesco were granted licensing permission to sell alcohol between 6am and 11pm from the planned store. The parish council objected citing the store’s proximity to the park and the risk of noise nuisance to neighbours as key concerns.