In 2008 Tesco submitted proposals to enlarge the stores at Great Notley and Marks Farm in Braintree. Braintree Council planning officers had recommended that the authority’s planning committee approve Tesco's proposals but Councillors sought more expert advice before making the decision. Councillors asked for an independent retail consultant to report back specifically on the scale of the bigger stores and their potential impact on Braintree town centre. Numerous residents, along with the Braintree Town Centre Strategy Group and Braintree Chamber of Trade, opposed the Tesco plans for various reasons, including traffic congestion, noise and impact on other businesses.
In August 2012 Sainsbury's submitted plans to Braintree District Council and are now open for public consultation. Sainsbury's bought the industrial estate for £5 million and has said it will move local businesses on the estate into refurbished premises or help them to relocate nearby.