This village doesn’t want Tesco

The Grocer

08 May 2010
In: Readers’ letters

Joanna Blythman’s exposé of Tesco steamrolling its way in Bristol (Tesco gets its way far too easily, Second Opinion) raises an important issue that goes to the heart of our democracy.

A similar situation has arisen in Ashtead, Surrey, where, following widespread and strong local opposition from residents, Tesco has had two planning applications refused. In a village of 10,000 adults, 6,000 people have signed petitions opposing Tesco’s applications and more than 1,000 have submitted written objections.

Bur Tesco continues to want to go where it is not welcome and now wants to use its financial muscle to appeal against those refusals. Local authorities, of course, are reluctant to incur the heavy legal costs necessary to oppose supermarket applications and the inevitable outcome is that supermarkets can afford to get their way eventually…