In 2006 the Tesco store in Lewes, East Sussex submitted plans to the district council to expand its retail area by up to 30% from 26,000 sq ft - 38,000 sq ft. Tesco re-submitted plans for an expansion in 2009 and in July 2009 Lewes District Council's planning committee deferred the decision.
Despite huge opposition from local residents and traders Lewes district councillors approved the extension in April 2010. The committee was concerned that increasing the size of the shop could kill off independent traders in the town. But the councillors said they had no choice but to agree to the scheme because planning laws did not support them. For further information please see an article in the Argus, 10th April 2010.