Tesco Express to commence building in Lightwater in March

The planned Tesco Express store in Lightwater has remained in a state of suspension for three years. The site is an eyesore, and hasn’t added to Lightwater’s ambiance in any way at all.

I learn, from a reliable source that Tesco is intending to recommence building at some time in March. It remains a surprise to me, and I believe others too, that a village which already is well served by M&S Simply Food, Co-op Food store, George Arthur Butchers, and the Cook Shop will contain enough custom to support a Tesco Express store. Ah well, we’ll find out when the store opens.

10 thoughts on “Tesco Express to commence building in Lightwater in March

  1. Tim, you are not alone wondering how planning permission was granted. We lost an excellent DIY store to get yet another food outlet! Madness!
    What I would like to see is Highways report about the impact this will have on the flow of traffic in the village particularly where it is sited opposite All Saints Rd. Do you know where this can be found?

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  2. Also the effect on the current lack of parking spaces I hope was considered by the planning committee and highways in their written decision about why it was granted against so much opposition

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  3. Dr.Gumpy, your questions are old hat. The local planning etc turned it down twice, because of the problems you highlighted, but the appeals inspector in London over-ruled them.

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  4. Getting to the truth is never old hat!
    The written judgement by the appeals inspector should be available and again I and I suspect many others would like to see it along with the reports from Highways Dept. so where can I find it?

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  5. DrGrumpy,
    All information pertaining to this – and every – planning application is available on the Surrey Heath website.

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  6. …. and was fully aired 3 years ago …… personally gobsmacked that SHBC didnt get any commitment from TESCO to improve the All Saints Junction ….

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  7. Dear Roy will that include the decision from the appeal? Thats what I am really after. Had enough dealings with planning applications to know that the information required isn’t always there or adhered to! Agree about All Saints Rd which means it wasnt completely aired 3yrs ago!

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  8. Everything is on there.
    The link is too long to post, but the reference number is 12/0626 and its all filed under the ‘documents’ section.

    Having a quick browse, it seems that SHBC were done on their methodology of assessing the highway safety and that Tesco were more robust in defending their position. The Planning Inspectorates decision is fairly robust and articulate.

    Shame it had to go to appeal, because SHBC could have approved it with conditions, including the provision of additional highway safety, whereas they have now lost that opportunity somewhat.

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  9. “Shame it had to go to appeal, because SHBC could have approved it with conditions, including the provision of additional highway safety, whereas they have now lost that opportunity somewhat.”

    Exactly – a point made by many at the time …. except the Cllrs on the Planning Commitee, too wrapped up in subjective issues like local Competion to the then Budgens … since than M&S have made a go of it & the Coop frankly deserve to lose business !

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