In 2010 Tesco admitted it had been using an additional 624 sq m over the permitted figure. The store has also been using 269 sq m of sales floorspace than allowed. Now Tesco has applied for the condition to be amended to allow it to have 4,789 sq m of sales floorspace including 2,071 for non-grocery goods.
A number of groups have been campaigning against a retrospective planning application and point to the potential damage the supermarket giant is inflicting on small traders in the town centre.
Tesco’s retrospective plans were rejected by Shropshire Council's central planning committee in early September 2010.. Campaigners say that the firm stance taken by Shropshire Council could help prevent other retailers breaching planning rules. On 14th September the Shropshire Star reported that Councillors called for enforcement action to be taken against Tesco.
On 22nd October the plans by Tesco to increase the amount of space it uses for non-grocery goods at its Shrewsbury “Extra” store were approved despite concerns from other traders. Councillors on Shropshire Council’s Strategic Planning Committee were completely split on the decision with an equal number of votes for and against, but its chairman John Everall had the casting vote, meaning they were approved.
Then in June 2011 it applied to expand the store by a third.