Traders at The Bishop Centre shopping village in Taplow are opposed to plans to to build a new Tesco supermarket at the site. Local residents opposed to the plans have set up a facebook group.
In October Land Securities submitted an application for mixed-use commercial development. The existing 95,000 sq ft shopping village, which features more than 30 independent and well-known shops, will be replaced with a new 131,500 sq ft development. Tesco has already agreed to take 55,000 sq ft of the space with a maximum 30,000 sq ft to be used for food sales.
On 14th March 2012 Land Securities' application was approved by six to five in a vote of South Bucks District councillors.
In July more than 100 angry Taplow and Burnham residents strongly voiced their concerns at a Burnham Park Hall meeting. They are outraged at the prospect of another supermarket in the area - with Sainsbury's only 500 yards away - claiming it will desolate local business. The plan includes a 55,000 sq ft Tesco, 30,000 sq ft for retail shops and 434 car parking spaces. Please see an article in the Slough Observer, 23rd July 2011.