In March 2008 Tesco withdrew an application to build a new, larger store on Mayfield Rd. This followed a well organised campaign by local residents and traders, which included a petition with over 5,000 signatures. Ilkley Residents Against Tesco Encroachment (IRATE), a campaign group set up to oppose the plans, was delighted that Tesco withdrew its application.
But in February 2009 Tesco unveiled plans for a second application. Over 2,000 letters of objection and a petition containing 5,000 names were submitted to the Council.
Finally, after a public inquiry in September 2010 Tesco was granted planning permission on condition it builds within 3 years.
In July 2013 Tesco again sought permission to build a bigger store in Ilkley before consent expires in September. It has submitted an application to Bradford Council to renew permission for the supermarket, and redevelop its current Springs Land site as business units and a residential care home. If approved, the new plans will extend the time limit for both developments.