Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Ashtead, Surrey

Residents in Ashtead set up a campaign group 'SAVE' (Save Ashtead's Village Environment) to oppose an application, submitted in August 2008, by Tesco for a 12,000 sq ft store on a former Esso site with nine apartments above the store. On the 4th March, Mole Valley District Councillors voted unanimously to refuse Tesco's plan to build a store in the village.

United Kingdom
51° 18' 37.1592" N, 0° 18' 2.7036" W
Surrey GB

Campaign Updates
Ashtead, Surrey

8 January 2015
Tesco abandons plans
3 December 2012
A third store?

Tesco announced it will be submitting a new Planning Application for a Tesco Metro sized store but is only reducing the overall size of the store by less than 10% of the size of proposal number 2. It will be approx. 690 sqm. of retail space (to be confirmed).There will still be 9 flats built above it, although their parking spaces will be within the Tesco site. Tesco argue that because it is a basket only store. In February it submitted it's application to Mole Valley District Council.

24 August 2010
Plans approved

The planning inspector approved Tesco's application. The approval was on condition that 74 extra long-stay parking spaces were relocated by the council to cut on-street parking. The SAVE group say there is little land available for the car-parking spaces and are hoping that the lack of space for car-parking will stop the store going ahead.

2 November 2009
Revised plans submitted

Tesco submitted a new application for a smaller store. This application was refused in February 2010.

Tesco then launched an appeal and a public inquiry was held in July 2010.