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    kingstonpaul wrote:
    1. The area does not need another superstore on this scale. 2. It certainly doesn't need another Tesco, which already has 100,000 sq ft+ of trading space one mile up the A3. As well as carpet bombing the area with lots of their wretched Tesco Metros. 3. Resist all arguments about economic benefits. Because these places don't actually grow the market (Why? Because as a nation we're not spending more on food), they simply 'displace' jobs, spend and investment from elsewhere.
    Good post.

    I can't understand why we are even considering building more retail space at a time when the move to online shopping has created such an over-supply already. If current trends continue, half of Kingston and Surbiton's retail space will be empty in 20 years time anyway. What are we going to do with these massive buildings every two miles on major roads like the A3?

    As Paul says, Tesco seem to have a 'build it and they will come' approach, but where are the customers actually going to come from? The population may be growing, but not at a higher rate than people are defecting online for their main weekly shop and Tesco & Sainsbury's themselves are hiving off a lot of the smaller shoppers themselves with their local stores.

    Sainsbury's seem to have done well with their local store at Surbiton station, which is always busy, but where have those customers actually come from? I'd say at least 75% have come from their own store further down the road and the rest may be hived off from Waitrose/M&S/indepen
    dents. It is a zero sum game, but at least that venture didn't require the construction of a brand new building."
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Controversial Tolworth Tesco plans set for Kingston Council debate

An artist's impression of Tesco's proposal for Tolworth

An artist's impression of Tesco's proposal for Tolworth

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Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter - Surbiton + Chessington - 020 8722 6313

Controversial plans to build a 4700sqm Tesco, a four-storey hotel and 269 flats on a Tolworth brownfield site will finally come before councillors.

The site, next to Charrington Bowl, would also include a restaurant, café, and more than 200 parking spaces each for the flats and the supermarket.

A fifth of flats would be designated affordable housing.

Residents are divided by the proposals, submitted a year and a half ago, with Kingston Council having received 50 letters of objection, but 87 in support.

Points of opposition included:

  • The new hotel and supermarket would threaten businesses in Tolworth Broadway
  • Traffic could increase
  • Already-high pollution would be made worse
  • The designs are out of character with the surrounding area

Supporters said they would welcome the generation of new jobs, and that the development would boost Tolworth’s appeal and levels of trade.

The Chessington District Residents’ Association, the Hook Rise South Residents’ Association, and the Kingston Society all oppose the plans.

Transport for London (TfL) objects on safety grounds, while council traffic engineers said more thought needed to be given to the development’s impact on nearby roads and residential parking.

Applicant Spenhill Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tesco.

The company has been involved with residential developments in Streatham and Woolwich, and commercial sites in West Bromwich and Sunderland.

South of the borough councillors will discuss the plans at a meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 15, at Southborough High School.



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