Tesco submitted an application for a new store, including 18 flats on the site of an old petrol station and car repair shop close to the town's railway gates. Residents and existing retailers are concerned about traffic problems, as the new Tesco store would be near to Frinton's famous railway gates, noise and the impact on existing retailers.
Tendring District Council planning committee met on the 10th December and unanimously rejected the application. Officers at Tendring District Council had recommended the plan should be refused as they said it was contrary to planning policy and have concerns about access to the site.
In 2008, Tesco and Exmax New Homes submitted plans to build 13 flats and a Tesco Express store in Walton Road. Frinton and Walton Town Council have recommended the application be refused. A petition with 2,187 signatures was handed to the council.
A final decision about the proposed store, was due to be taken by Tendring District Council on December 4th but Tesco withdrew their plans on the 22nd November 2007. For further information please see the East Anglian Daily Times, 22nd November 2007.