1. Esso Filling Station site in The Street

    Tesco have recently taken steps to meet all the pre-commencement conditions attached to their planning permission, and so they are likely now to carry out enough preliminary groundworks to preserve the permission which otherwise would lapse in November.  The site is still on the market and we have been informed that at least one buyer is negotiating with Tesco but no announcement has been made so far.  We assume that as the planning permission is for a retail shop, it would not be worth Tesco’s while to preserve it unless the potential buyer was itself a retail shop.

  2. The Tesco site

    As residents will know, Tesco have planning permission to erect a store on their site in The Street where the Esso filling station previously was. This permission was granted on 16 November 2012 and will expire in 2015 but could easily be renewed.  Meanwhile there has been no sign of the commencement of building works on the site and there has been no contact between Tesco and MVDC planners.  We cannot say therefore what exactly Tesco may be intending or in what timescale. It is public knowledge that Tesco have been going through a bad patch as regards their trading results, and they are known to be hoarding a considerable land bank.

    We are aware that there has been contact between the Ashtead Residents’ Association and we understand Tesco have offered to devote part of the site for community use on a temporary basis.  Simon Ling, as Ward Councillor, introduced them to Transition Ashtead, who will be able to help and advise on planting and other tasks.  For further details please see the ARA website.

    Updated:  11/10/14