Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Lightwater, Surrey

 In June 2011 Surrey Heath Borough Council’s planning committee overturned the advice of town planners and unanimously rejected an application to redevelop Lightwater Homecare as supermarket on parking and traffic grounds. Developers wanted to demolish the DIY store on Guildford Road for a new building that would be used by an unidentified retailer. 

Over 600 residents opposed the application.

The developers appealed but in January 2012 a planning inspector threw out the plans. The planning inspector also turned down the applicants' request to have the borough council pay some of their legal fees for the unsuccessful appeal.

In June reported that Tesco had applied in May for a certificate which would allow it to potentially open a new store immediately. If granted, the ‘certificate of lawfulness for a proposed use’ sought by Tesco would effectively be confirmation that it could open a store as soon as it was able to acquire the land, because the site would not be changed from its current use. The certificate was waved through in June despite 527 objections from local residents.

United Kingdom
51° 21' 0.8604" N, 0° 41' 5.7444" W
Surrey GB

Campaign Updates
Lightwater, Surrey

6 September 2017
Michael Gove asks Tesco when they will build store

In a written response to Mr Gove's enquires, a Tesco spokesman confirmed that the supermarket "is committed to opening a store in Lightwater" but is still "finalising" the building timetable and "unable to confirm an opening date". "The construction time expected to be between 10 to 12 months," it was added.

11 July 2013
Tesco plans approved after public inquiry

A review conducted by the government’s planning inspectorate ruled amendments made to Tesco’s proposal had ‘sufficiently mitigated’ the impact of the new store. “I conclude that access and servicing as proposed would not – subject to a number of conditions – significantly prejudice highway safety,” concluded inspector Jim Metcalf in his report, published 11th July 2013.

30 November 2012
Tesco plans rejected

Tesco has for the second time seen its application to create a new store thrown out by Surrey Heath Borough Council after the planning authority received more than 1,000 letters of objection. A decision was finally made on the grounds the development in its current state would pose insurmountable road safety issues with the store opening out onto Guildford Road, a major thoroughfare.

5 October 2012
Tesco resubmits plans

The proposed floor space was reduced by around 50sq-m, limiting the overall sales area to 266sq-m, while the number of parking spaces has gone up from seven to eight. 

4 January 2012
Tesco appeal rejected