In November 2009 Sainsbury's submitted a planning application for a new store in Stainsacre Lane in Whitby. In September Tesco confirmed it is behind the bid to build a new store at Sneaton Castle Farm. The £40m development will feature an "eco-store" and will also include ninety affordable homes. A public consultation on the Tesco plans was held in November. The Co-op also held a consultation over its proposed extension.
In 2010 a campaign group Whitby Residents Against Tesco (WRATS) was set up. Please see an article in the Scarborough Evening News, 19th March 2010. In July the group handed in a petition signed by 3,500 people.
However, in September Scarborough Borough Council decided to refer the Sainsbury's application to the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber. Please see an article in the Whitby Gazette, 10th September 2010. On 22nd October the Whitby Gazette reported that the Government Office has confirmed the Secretary of State has decided not to challenge the decision by councillors.
Meanwhile, Tesco appealed against its refusal by Scarborough Council. Please see an article in the Yorkshire Post, 15th October 2010. However, in October the developers behind Tesco's bid withdrew their appeal.