Date set for public inquiry to decide on controversial Tesco application

Your Local Guardian

12:29pm Friday 30th April 2010
By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton

A date has been set for the inquiry which is set to decide whether giant retailer Tesco will be allowed to build a store in Ashtead.

The inquiry is due to take place on July 20, in Ashtead, and will have the likes of former Epsom and Ewell MP, Chris Grayling, submitting information to support the resident’s case against Tesco.

Ashtead Residents’ Association and campaigning group Save Ashtead Village Environment (Save) have now launched a joint appeal for others in the area to help with the costs of a planning specialist and a barrister, to represent the “local residents’ interests”.

Paul Le Versha, Chairman of the ARA said: “We are disappointed that Tesco has not revised its proposals to something more appropriate but has decided to appeal clear and sound decisions which have strong community backing.

“We are determined to do the best that we can to fight these proposals. We will work closely with SAVE and other community representatives to fight for a development which would be an asset to the Village. Tesco’s proposals are simply too big…