Tesco originally applied to convert an empty tyre and exhaust depot into a three-storey building and a 23-space car park. The Council received 653 objections to the plans and Guildford Borough Council rejected the application in September 2008 because of a fear that a Tesco Express store would damage the business of local shops.
Residents in Ashtead set up a campaign group 'SAVE' (Save Ashtead's Village Environment) to oppose an application, submitted in August 2008, by Tesco for a 12,000 sq ft store on a former Esso site with nine apartments above the store. On the 4th March, Mole Valley District Councillors voted unanimously to refuse Tesco's plan to build a store in the village.
In October 2014 Tesco announced plans to open an Express store in R.A, Robertson & Sons electricals shop on the High Street.
An exit poll was conducted by the village society at a public meeting in October to show the percentage of visitors for and against the plans. Of the 524 responses received, 502 (95.8%) were “strongly against” the proposals.The feedback also showed that 237... Read More