In 2007 residents in Manningtree launched a campaign, Stour Community First, to oppose plans for a new 30,000 sq ft Tesco store in the town. The plans were rejected by the council in May 2010.
In December 2010, Tesco submitted revised plans. Councillors met on 26th July to consider the application and approved the plans. The council's planning committee voted five to two in favour, with four abstentions. Please see an article at the BBC, 27th July 2011.
However, the East of England Co-operative Society, which has a store in Riverside Avenue East, threatened an expensive legal challenge as it claimed the council failed to consider the supermarket’s impact on the environment and that it would breach planning policies. In February 2012 a judge refused the judicial review application on all of the ten points put forward.