April 2009 - Over 500 people objected to Tesco plans to open an Express store in a disused pub, the Black Horse Inn on Somerton Road. The planning committee rejected the application.
October 2010 -Tesco re-submitted plans.
10th November 2010 - Newport Council Planning committee voted against the application to alter windows and doors.
June 2011 - Tesco appealed the decision and the Planning Inspectorate approved the application stating that under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 the change of use from a public house to a retail shop is a permitted development and does not need planning permission. The appeal application relates to the proposed physical alterations to the building only, which were to install a new shop front and minor external alterations. Tesco won the appeal but did not start work on the pub.
24th April 2014 - pub now being demolished with developer wanting to use the land for housing.