Residents and ward councillors in Chelmsford opposed the demolition of the Marsham Arms in Waterhouse Lane to make way for a Tesco Express and flats. They say there is no need for another convenience store because there is a Co-op petrol station next door. Tesco already has 5 stores in Chelmsford and that increased customer traffic, delivery lorries, parking for the five flats and a new access road in from Waterhouse Lane and out onto Ash Tree Crescent would cause traffic problems. But in January 2011 Chelmsford planning committee approved the application by five votes to four.
In April 2012, more than 1,000 residents backed a campaign to stop the former Drury Arms pub being turned into a Sainsbury’s store. A planning application by site owner Property Portfolio to build a storage extension at the site and create more space for goods, was rejected by Colchester Council planners in February. Please see an article in the Chelmsford Weekly News, 5th April 2012.
In September 2011 residents learnt that Tesco plans to open a Tesco Express in the Hussey & Greaves premises on Moulsham Street. Moulsham Street is renowned as being the place for independent retailers. There are several local convenience stores on the street and side roads of old Moulsham that will be affected. As the site already has A1 category license, apart from advertising or illuminated signage they need no planning permission from the council. This will be the 7th Tesco within walking distance of the town centre.