By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton
Giant retailer Tesco is to appeal Mole Valley Council’s decision to refuse its planning application to build a store in Ashtead, it has emerged today.
Tesco was refused permission to build the store by a nail-biting one vote, after campaigners collected thousands of signatures against it.
The retail giant’s planning application was turned down by eight votes to seven at Mole Valley Council’s development control committee meeting on February 3 – even though council officers had recommended it for approval.
Tesco’s original plan to build a 1,115 sq m store provoked fury among residents and shopkeepers and was rejected by council planners.
Tesco then put forward a smaller scheme for the village, and temporarily suspended its appeal against Mole Valley’s decision to throw out its first plans.
Eoin Dardis, spokesman for Tesco, said: “We are considering all our options on this site of which an appeal is one avenue open to us.
“We intend to appeal for a number of reasons, not least because we believe that our application was a robust one and will stand up well to an inspector’s scrutiny…