Tesco wins fight to build new supermarket in Ashtead

BBC News

25 August 2010 Last updated at 12:14

Tesco has been given the go-ahead to build a new store in a village in Surrey following a public inquiry.

Earlier this year, councillors rejected two separate plans from the supermarket giant to build it on the site of a former petrol station in Ashtead.

Tesco appealed and the planning inspector has now approved the plans, which will also include flats.

They had been opposed by members of the Ashtead Residents’ Association and Save Ashtead’s Village Environment group.

About 6,000 residents and traders had joined forces to raise fears the store would be out-of-keeping with the village atmosphere and potentially harm local businesses.

The Save Ashtead Village Environment campaign raised more than £25,000 in just 10 days to pay for a legal team to fight the appeal by Tesco and represent opponents at the inquiry.

Chris Hunt, ward councillor for Ashtead, said he was saddened by the decision.

“All of us present at the inquiry know that the inspector was an extremely thorough person… he has considered the issues, but it is a shock and, as an Ashtead resident and an Ashtead councillor, extremely disappointing,” he said…