Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Dorking, Surrey

Dorking SOS started in 2010 using the local press to build awareness and our own website to capture registrations from interested people. We’ve had four meetings which have now grown to around 30 people. Local shopkeepers are displaying our poster ‘Will our super market town become just another supermarket town?’.  We had a Freedom of Information request turned down for communications between Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and the developers, Thornfields, on commercial sensitivity grounds.  We maintained an open relationship with the Head of Planning from the start.

The process is in three stages:

MVDC have signed an agreement to sell some of the land the developers need to them – on condition the subsequent planning application is successful
Surrey County Council (SCC) then have to OK the highways plans – no mean feet, as most of Dorking is a conservation area
Finally Thornfields will put a planning application to MVDC and only at this late stage will any public consultation begin.
Our plan is to be so organised, evidenced and well supported that when this happens, we can can fight it at every level.

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51° 14' 41.01" N, 0° 19' 6.9744" W
Surrey GB

Campaign Updates
Dorking, Surrey

17 May 2013
Sainsbury's pull out

Sainsbury's have pulled out of plans to build a new store behind St Martin's Walk. A spokesman for Sainsbury's tole the Dorking Advertiser: "Mole Valley District Council and Sainsbury's have been in discussion for some time trying to evolve a viable supermarket scheme on the site to the rear of St Martin’s Walk identified by the recently adopted Area Action Plan. "The council and Sainsbury's have been in discussion with the other landowners, Surrey County Council and Mole Valley Housing Association, and have regretfully concluded that, despite the best efforts of all concerned, a viable scheme cannot be delivered on the proposed site.


7 May 2012
Sainsbury's were in detailed discussions with planning officers at Mole Valley Council.
2 January 2012
Morrisons withdraw and Lidl granted

Morrisons was was refused permission for a 3,100 sq m store in Curtis Road in October 2011, on the grounds that it would be too far out of the town centre. In March 2012 it withdrew its plans.

The Lidl plans were approved in January 2012.



3 January 2011
Local Consultation