Important Tesco News
7th April 2014
I have had a talk with our helpful Tesco contact, Beth Greenhouse, who is happy for you all to know the following information:
- Tesco still intend to build the store BUT their plan is not to build it before November 2015 which is when the current planning permission expires. They then intend to apply for an extension of their planning permission so that the store could be built after that date.
- Tesco are keen to make some (but not all) of the site available for the community to use in the meantime. This would probably be the front portion of the site. Beth cited flower beds, benches etc. Tesco will be liaising with Ashtead’s community groups including SAVE, the ARA and Transition Ashtead about how best this might be achieved. There are, for example, important Health and Safety issues to consider.
Thank you to The ARA (Ashtead Residents Association) who have been moving the project of the interim community use of the site forward through a series of face to face meetings with Beth, which we understand will continue.
I will keep you posted regarding any further news but it seems the site will definitely remain vacant for the foreseeable future.
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B.A, M.Sc. (Oxon.), CQSW, M.Phil. in Town Planning
Spokesperson for SAVE – “Save Ashtead’s Village Environment”