Public inquiry into Tesco’s controversial Ashtead planning application

Your Local Guardian

6:10pm Tuesday 6th July 2010
By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton

A public inquiry to decide on a giant supermarket’s planning application is due to start in a couple of weeks.

The inquiry into Tesco’s planning applications to build a large supermarket on the former Esso site on The Street is due to start on Tuesday, July 20, at 10am.

Tesco has submitted two plans for an Ashtead supermarket to Mole Valley. The first was turned down but Tesco lodged an appeal against the decision. The second application was 30 per cent smaller than the previous one but was also turned down.

Both appeals are set to be considered at the public inquiry.

Paul Le Versha, chairman of the Ashtead Residents’ Association, said: “As a result of the generosity of local residents we have been able to recruit a strong team to present the case on behalf of the community. We believe that Tesco’s proposals are ill-considered, inappropriate and would have a major detrimental impact upon the character and amenity of our village centre.

“In my opinion the revised priorities and approach introduced by our Coalition Government in its Programme For Government provides a far more sympathetic tone for the consideration of the concerns and priorities of local communities than was previously the case. We believe that there are very good reasons for the Inspector to confirm the decision taken by Mole Valley to refuse these applications and that these revised national priorities are generally helpful. “ Members of the public are welcome to attend. Those wishing to speak must be there on the first day to register. It is up to the Inspector to decide who may speak…