In July 2008 Kerrier District Council rejected Tesco's proposals to replace its existing store with a larger store twice the size, amidst fears about the impact on local businesses in the town - see coverage in the Falmouth Packet from 16th July 2008.
Sainsbury's also submitted plans for a new store in Helston, and Tesco re-submitted it's application. Both applications were approved by Kerrier Council's planners at the end of 2008 but were called-in by the Government Office for the West of England because both applications represented a "departure" from planning policies.
Lizard Peninsular Friends of the Earth opposed Tesco's expansion plans, and sent a letter to Kerrier District Planning Committee. The group also organised a petition and gathered about 700 signatures in the town centre.
When Tesco put in its application it included a Community Centre. However, as the town centre had only recently received Objective 1 money to re-furbish two existing centres the town council said it was not wanted. Residents felt that the application should be re-submitted as it was originally proposed minus the community centre.
On the 9th July 2008 the Falmouth Packet reported that Kerrier planning officers are recommending refusal when the application is considered by the District Council in mid July. Kerrier officers are concerned that the retail assessment has not proven a need for the non-food element of the new store and has thus not demonstrated that the new store would not have a detrimental impact on the town centre.