Get SurreyBy Guy Martin
February 04, 2010
TESCO’S plans for a store in Ashtead were rejected on Wednesday night by the narrowest of margins.
A single vote at a heated and nail-biting council meeting determined the fate of the application for a supermarket in The Street.
The decision went against the recommendations of Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) planning officers. Proposals for an extended car park behind the site were also refused.
It followed months of campaigning by objectors – who put forward a petition with almost 6,400 signatures and wrote 1,200 letters to the council – but also pleas from traders to allow the store to be built and give businesses in The Street a much-needed lift.
Speakers, councillors and officers spent almost three-and-a-half hours discussing the pros and cons of the proposals for a supermarket with a 750sq-m sales floor, amounting to 815sq-m including the checkouts area.
Then came the vote, which saw eight members opposing the plans and seven support them.
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