Ashtead store objections ‘galling’, Tesco says

Get Surrey

By Guy Martin
July 20, 2010

TESCO has responded to campaigners opposing its plans for a new supermarket in Ashtead, as a public inquiry into the proposals got under way on Tuesday.

Two applications to build a store in The Street have been rejected by Mole Valley District Council, but Tesco appealed against the decisions and a government planning inspector is now considering the arguments from all parties.

The supermarket giant opened its case on Tuesday by describing it as “ironic and more than a little galling to find Tesco’s proposals to build a supermarket in a district centre met with such opposition”.

Christopher Katkowski QC, the barrister representing the company, added: “Once all the emotion is stripped out of the equation and one analyses the issues raised with a cool head, it is apparent that there is no overriding reason to object to either of the schemes.”

He described Ashtead as an “appropriate place to build a supermarket”…