In July 2011 more than 120 people turned out at a meeting to have their say on controversial proposals for a supermarket. Objectors claim the plans for land north of Audley Avenue would create “a dead high street with a supermarket at the end”. A "Save Newport" campaign group was set up.
In August 2012 plans for a 33,000sq ft foodstore in Audley Avenue Industrial Estate were given the go-ahead by a planning inspector after a public inquiry earlier that year.
In September Telford & Wrekin Council announced it was going to the High Court to challenge the Inspector's decision on the foodstore in Audley Avenue.
Developer Growing Enterprises want to build a 16,749 sq ft giant retail unit as the latest development at Mere Park on the fringes of Newport. In August 2010 a public inquiry was held on the grounds that Telford & Wrekin Council had not dealt with the application within 12 weeks. Telford & Wrekin Council’s legal team argued at the inquiry that a new supermarket would detract trade from Waitrose and Co-op, which are already in the town centre. The plans received objections from Newport Civic Society and Newport Town Council, amongst others amid concerns the proposals would damage existing trade.