Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Sutton-at-hone, Kent

Tesco has put in a planning order to take over another local village pub - the Greyhound in Sutton-at-hone, DA4 9EU, Near Dartford, Kent.  

Residents feel that the Main Road can't take any more increased traffic.  The hazards to cyclist and families walking to the local village school and playgroup is currently very high.  The local convenience store situated opposite the proposed site that has served Sutton-at-hone for many years will be crushed by Tesco's arrival. The store would be squeezed between families houses and gardens.


United Kingdom
51° 24' 44.568" N, 0° 14' 0.4524" E
Kent GB

Campaign Updates
Sutton-at-hone, Kent

31 October 2013
Plans refused

As the proposal fails to provide adequate car parking on-site which is likely to result in conflict between vehicles and pedestrians and car parking on surrounding roads leading to inconvenience for other road users, and is detrimental to the residential amenity of neighbouring occupiers and will have a detrimental impact on the character of the village. The proposal is therefore contrary to the Council's adopted Parking Standards Supplementary Guidance 2012 and Policies B1, V5 and T23 of the adopted Dartford Local Plan 1995.

29 August 2013
Planning officer recommends refusal

In a report, Dartford Council’s development control board officer justifies the recommended refusal by saying the size of the shop requires at least 22 parking spaces and writes: “I consider the proposed extension and the subsequent use of the property as a retail shop is an over-intensified use of the site which will result in unacceptable disturbance and inconvenience to local residents and a change to the character of the village.”