Surrey

Parking issue could halt Tesco store plan for Ashtead

A Tesco supermarket
Image caption The new supermarket would be built on the site of a former petrol station in Ashtead

Campaigners opposed to the building of a new Tesco store in a Surrey village are hoping that a lack of car parking spaces will stop it from going ahead.

The supermarket was given approval to build on a site in Ashtead in August.

But the planning inspector said it could only proceed if 74 extra long-stay parking spaces were relocated by the council to cut on-street parking.

Judy Smale, from Save Ashtead's Village Environment group, said there was "not a huge amount of space" in the village.

"There really isn't the land available - we see that as a significant condition as to why the store shouldn't go ahead on the site as it is," she said.

The plans for the new store have consistently been opposed by the group, known as SAVE, and members of the Ashtead Residents' Association on the grounds that the store would be out-of-keeping with the village atmosphere and potentially harm local businesses.

Councillor Clare Curran, of Mole Valley District Council, said it was considering the car parking implications alongside a wider review of car parking for the whole of Mole Valley.

"Part of our consideration is taking into account the views of the Ashtead community," she said.

A statement from Tesco said: "Following a successful appeal, we are delighted that we have a planning consent for Ashtead.

"We are working with Mole Valley District Council so that we can fulfil all the conditions expected of us, including parking. These discussions are ongoing".

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