Tesco wins fight for new Ashtead store despite fierce opposition from campaigners

Epsom Guardian

2:07pm Wednesday 25th August 2010
By Paul Teed

Tesco has won its fight to build a new supermarket in Ashtead village amid fierce opposition.

Planning inspector Nicholas Hammans granted the chain permission for a store in The Street, Ashtead, after he heard evidence in an eight day public inquiry.

Campaigners who claimed the controversial development would turn the village into a “clone town” said they were surprised by his decision and went to the site to protest this morning.

Gillian Russell, founder of Save Ashtead Village Environment (Save), said: “We are extremely disappointed at the result.

“It seems that in Ashtead people power has been totally ignored, despite massive public opposition.”

Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom and Ewell, said: “I’m very disappointed that the inspector has overridden the wishes of the local community…