Planning inspector grants permission for Tesco store in Ashtead village

Your Local Guardian

6:15pm Tuesday 24th August 2010
By Paul Teed

A planning inspector has granted Tesco permission to build a new store in Ashtead village.

Nicholas Hammans said today that the supermarket chain could build the shop in The Street, Ashtead, after he heard evidence in an eight day public inquiry.

Campaigners who claimed the controversial development would turn the village into a “clone town” said they were surprised by his decision.

Gillian Russell, founder of Save Ashtead Village Environment (Save), said: “We are extremely disappointed at the result.

“It seems that in Ashtead people power has been totally ignored despite massive public opposition.”