Public inquiry considers Ashtead Tesco store plan

BBC News

20 July 2010 Last updated at 18:00

A seven-day public inquiry has begun into plans to build a new Tesco store in a village in Surrey.

The supermarket giant wants to build a large store and housing on the site of a former petrol station in Ashtead.

Mole Valley District Council has turned down two separate plans, but the supermarket appealed.

Residents and traders opposed to the plan fear the store would be out of keeping with the village atmosphere and potentially harm local businesses.

The Save Ashtead Village Environment campaign raised more than £25,000 in just 10 days to pay for a legal team to fight the appeal by Tesco and represent opponents at the inquiry.

Tesco spokesman Michael Kissman said the site for the store had been derelict for some time and it was clear through public consultation that people wanted to see the site developed…