In May 2012 an action group was formed and a petition launched against the opening of a new Tesco Express store. Chobham Against Tesco (CAT) collected more than 700 signatures opposing the Tesco store opening in Station Road.
Tesco submitted six new planning applications for the former Evitavonni showroom. Work started at the site as no permission is needed for Tesco to move in because the site already has a retail licence. In June Surrey Heath Borough Council considered the applications for a new illuminated sign, the formalisation of rear parking, a free-standing external chiller, a canopy to the back of the building, shop frontage alterations, the installation of a cash machine and a fence to house industrial units. Only two out of the seven proposals were passed as recommended.
The CATS campaign group has said “We will be watching Tesco very, very closely in terms of safety, licensing and every other issue.