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.
Tesco announced it will be submitting a new Planning Application for a Tesco Metro sized store but is only reducing the overall size of the store by less than 10% of the size of proposal number 2. It will be approx. 690 sqm. of retail space (to be confirmed).There will still be 9 flats built above it, although their parking spaces will be within the Tesco site. Tesco argue that because it is a basket only store. In February it submitted it's application to Mole Valley District Council.
The planning inspector approved Tesco's application. The approval was on condition that 74 extra long-stay parking spaces were relocated by the council to cut on-street parking. The SAVE group say there is little land available for the car-parking spaces and are hoping that the lack of space for car-parking will stop the store going ahead.
Tesco submitted a new application for a smaller store. This application was refused in February 2010.
Tesco then launched an appeal and a public inquiry was held in July 2010.