Campaigners in Areley Kings say they will fight plans by Tesco to replace the village pub with a Tesco Express store. Tesco has taken a lease from Punch Taverns for the Squirrel Inn and could open at the Areley Common site later this year. Planning applications are likely to be submitted in the coming weeks, during which the Squirrel will continue to trade.
In April 2008 Tesco submitted two new applications to Worcester City Council that both contained plans for a new Tesco Express on the site of a former petrol station on Barbourne Road. Local shopkeepers opposed the plans.
In January 2014 a planning application was submitted to Worcester City Council for Sainsbury's to transform an old furniture store in Barbourne Road into a local... Read More