Tesco finally dumps Tolworth supermarket plans in favour of housing

The latest plan for Tolworth, withdrawn earlier this year

The latest plan for Tolworth, withdrawn earlier this year

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Tesco has officially thrown in the towel in its decade-long battle to build a supermarket on the old Toby Jug site in Tolworth.

Since 2002 when it bought the site from the Government, the supermarket giant has withdrawn three sets of plans after opposition from councillors.

It will put forward plans for housing on the site by the A3, it has announced tonight.

Tolworth and Hook Rise councillor Rolson Davies, who called for Kingston Council to compulsorily purchase the site after the latest application was dropped, said: “That is what we have always wanted. My reaction was relief, I think.

“I was very pleased that they have made a decision.

“I am more than happy to work with them to get some development that is good for the community and good for them.”

Developers Spenhill will submit a new planning application later this year.

Roberto Munoz, London communications manager for Tesco said: “We know the redevelopment of this site is very important to the local community.

“We have listened and we now intend to bring forward a residential-led development which will make a major contribution to Kingston’s housing needs.

“Whilst the new plans will not include a supermarket, the site remains a challenging one to redevelop and we are working carefully on these proposals.

“We will consult with the community later in the year.”

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7:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

chriswp says...

Affordable housing for local residents, not promoted to the overseas investment businesses first.

Give our home bred youngsters a chance.

They need all the help they can get, they can't compete with the Far Eastern investment market on their own.
Affordable housing for local residents, not promoted to the overseas investment businesses first. Give our home bred youngsters a chance. They need all the help they can get, they can't compete with the Far Eastern investment market on their own. chriswp
  • Score: 3

5:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

pinky107 says...

a leisure centre is what we want and need . just think if tesco hadnt got that plot of land and if tolworth didnt get the UNWANTED greenway rubbish , the money and time saved could have gone towards something we actually wanted and it would be up and running , well known and bringing in money by now . but good old tescos being their usual pain in the bum and councillors ignoring us on the greenway it will be another 10 years before anything of worth happens and revenue lost .
a leisure centre is what we want and need . just think if tesco hadnt got that plot of land and if tolworth didnt get the UNWANTED greenway rubbish , the money and time saved could have gone towards something we actually wanted and it would be up and running , well known and bringing in money by now . but good old tescos being their usual pain in the bum and councillors ignoring us on the greenway it will be another 10 years before anything of worth happens and revenue lost . pinky107
  • Score: -6

11:24am Fri 14 Mar 14

davehhh1 says...

A leisure centre? Seriously. What about Tolworth Recreation Centre? It's great and in Tolworth. There is NOTHING to do in tolworth except charrington bowl. I want a cinema. But no that would be too exciting wouldn't it?
A leisure centre? Seriously. What about Tolworth Recreation Centre? It's great and in Tolworth. There is NOTHING to do in tolworth except charrington bowl. I want a cinema. But no that would be too exciting wouldn't it? davehhh1
  • Score: 2

3:30pm Fri 14 Mar 14

juice says...

Lets hope it delivers a large quantity of good quality affordable housing for rent
Lets hope it delivers a large quantity of good quality affordable housing for rent juice
  • Score: 0

6:25am Sat 15 Mar 14

Beverly RA says...

I wait to see what the objections will be this time. Affordable housing given to a trust to run wold help the lower paid who cannot afford to buy. But the interesting thing would be its name, We already have a Cambridge Estate in Kingston so what would we like to call this one ?
I wait to see what the objections will be this time. Affordable housing given to a trust to run wold help the lower paid who cannot afford to buy. But the interesting thing would be its name, We already have a Cambridge Estate in Kingston so what would we like to call this one ? Beverly RA
  • Score: -2

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