OWNERS of a former filling station site next to a Tesco Express store in Abingdon Road, Oxford, want to run a temporary car valeting service while a planning application for new flats is considered.

An application has been submitted to the city council for three one-bed, three two-bed and three three-bed flats on the site of the former Cold Arbour filling station.

But Tesco has objected to the plans and a decision is yet to be taken by the council.

London-based Capital Developments, which owns the site, wants to run the valet.

Tesco was given planning permission for its store in 2012 after a four-year battle to demolish the derelict Fox and Hounds pub.

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