Tesco ‘mothballing’ Ashtead site after planning permission battle, say residents

This is Local London
By Hardeep Matharu, Senior Reporter
Tuesday 18th March 2014

Residents have accused Tesco of “mothballing” a site after it battled three years to get planning permission to build a Metro store there.

Mole Valley councillors gave the go-ahead for a planning application to develop the supermarket on the site of the old Esso, in The Street, Ashtead, in September 2012.

The approval followed opposition from local residents who said they were not against the store, but believed a lack of on-site parking would clog up existing car parking spaces in the village and drive potential customers elsewhere.

But almost 18 months later work has still not begun on the Tesco Metro.

Ashtead Residents’ Association said its members recently met with Beth Greenhouse, corporate affairs manager at Tesco, to discuss the proposed store – but were told that no timeline has been set for the start of the development…