In September 2008, Tesco announced plans at a two-day exhibition to double the size of its Stalham store and open a new-look store by the end of 2009. However, local residents and shopkeepers are concerned with the plans and a petition with 1,500 signatures was collected in just two weeks. In February 2009, Tesco withdrew its application shortly before a North Norfolk District Council planning meeting. Please see an article in the Eastern Daily Press, 16th February 2009.
In February 2010 the North Norfolk News reported that Tesco has announced new plans to extend the store but no application was submitted.
In May 2011 Tesco submitted a planning applications to erect a seasonal marquee selling garden equipment and other summer “essentials” in the car park of its Stalham store. Please see an article in the Eastern Daily Press, 21st May 2011.
Tesco wants to extend its six year old 1,400sq m store by another 1,600sq m, and increase car parking from 198 to 360 spaces. The scheme also involves building a re-jigged access road - to the store and town - from a new roundabout on the A149. To build the store Tesco will need to secure a change of use from employment land to retail and many opponents to the plans think it is unlikely that Tesco will get this. For more information please see an article in North Norfolk News, 30th September 2008.
According to an article in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, 10th December 2008, Tesco submitted an application to North Norfolk District Council on Monday 8th December. North Norfolk Council have extended the deadline for objections, originally 5th January 2009 - please see an article in the North Norfolk News 24, 30th December 2008.
On the 14th January Stalham Town Council voted to reject the plans. The final decision to grant the application was taken by North Norfolk District Council in February.