Get SurreyBy Guy Martin
April 30, 2010
OPPONENTS of Tesco’s applications to build a store in Ashtead are setting up a campaign for funds to pay for their planning fight.
Tesco has begun appeals against the decisions of Mole Valley District Council to refuse two applications for a supermarket in The Street.
The first, turned down in March 2009, was for a store with a 1,115sq-m sales area, while the application refused by a single councillor’s vote in February of this year would have had a 750sq-m sales floor, amounting to 815sq-m including the checkouts space.
A government planning inspector will now decide whether the council was correct in its decisions, with a public inquiry due to start on July 20.
The goal of Ashtead Residents’ Association (ARA) and campaign group SAVE (Save Ashtead Village Environment) is to raise £25,000 to pay for a planning specialist and a barrister to represent their case…