Tesco withdraw supermarket, hotel, and flats application for Tolworth site

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Tesco has withdrawn its application to build a supermarket, a hotel, and flats on the old Toby Jug site in Tolworth.

A spokesman confirmed the supermarket giant has scrapped its plans as they stand, and will consider its options regarding the land, which it bought in 2002.

Roberto Muñoz, Tesco's head of corporate affairs for London, said: "We have reluctantly decided to withdraw the application for our Spenhill site in Tolworth.

"We know how important this site is to Kingston's future and we wanted to thank our many supporters and everyone who has worked hard on this application.

"We were encouraged the officers supported the principle of all the uses of the site, including a new supermarket, a hotel and 269 much needed new homes, but we were disappointed the application was recommended for refusal.

"Our commitment is to delivering something that works for the community and we will continue to consult and review what's best for Tolworth. We will keep everyone informed during this process."

Tolworth and Hook Rise councillor Vicki Harris said: "Lets hope this time they realise that what is needed on that site is not another Tesco store."

Kingston Council officers had asked councillors to reject the plans at a meeting this Friday.

In a report they said: "The applicant has been given every opportunity to submit an application which is likely to be considered favourably.

"However the amendments required to make the application acceptable are substantial and would materially change the development proposal.

"They would require further consultation to be undertaken."

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10:31am Tue 4 Feb 14

captain_shamrock says...

Great news, and well done to all residents and our councillors & MP for fighting this every inch of the way.

Once again, lets hope that Tesco finally buries its plans for good, and doesn't keep coming back to threaten our area every two years with a new application.

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Great news, and well done to all residents and our councillors & MP for fighting this every inch of the way. Once again, lets hope that Tesco finally buries its plans for good, and doesn't keep coming back to threaten our area every two years with a new application. . captain_shamrock

10:53am Tue 4 Feb 14

Happy59 says...

Yippee. Although I doubt this is the end of it.
Yippee. Although I doubt this is the end of it. Happy59

11:03am Tue 4 Feb 14

MillieMac says...

Good!
Good! MillieMac

11:12am Tue 4 Feb 14

davehhh1 says...

Would residents be against a cinema complex being built there? Like a Vue Village? I for one would be up for it as I feel Tolworth needs something. But obviously with Tesco owning the land they would have to sell it to an interested party (if they were interested that is).
Would residents be against a cinema complex being built there? Like a Vue Village? I for one would be up for it as I feel Tolworth needs something. But obviously with Tesco owning the land they would have to sell it to an interested party (if they were interested that is). davehhh1

12:13pm Tue 4 Feb 14

321200 says...

cinema wouldn't work
cinema wouldn't work 321200

12:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

botty49 says...

Yippee, lets hope it does not rear its ugly head again, but not holding my breath!
Yippee, lets hope it does not rear its ugly head again, but not holding my breath! botty49

2:15pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Ricademus says...

That's a shame I was hoping that TESCO was going ahead this time instead of going to Raynes Park every time I went shopping,
That's a shame I was hoping that TESCO was going ahead this time instead of going to Raynes Park every time I went shopping, Ricademus

3:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

pinky107 says...

good ridence . now get the land back so us residents can have a proper meeting and decide what WE want to be built there . some sort of leisure centre with a decent pool etc would be good . we have enough sport fields and football / rugby pitches about so an indoor leisure centre could be good for budding sporting kids into other types of sport . just a thought .
good ridence . now get the land back so us residents can have a proper meeting and decide what WE want to be built there . some sort of leisure centre with a decent pool etc would be good . we have enough sport fields and football / rugby pitches about so an indoor leisure centre could be good for budding sporting kids into other types of sport . just a thought . pinky107

4:27pm Tue 4 Feb 14

happychook says...

What a shame, I was really hopeful that the roads around Shannon Corner would eventually be less polluted. Hopefully Tesco will think long and hard about further use of this land, a new travellers site would be good as there is always a shortage of those and most councils cannot fulfill their obligations to travellers.
What a shame, I was really hopeful that the roads around Shannon Corner would eventually be less polluted. Hopefully Tesco will think long and hard about further use of this land, a new travellers site would be good as there is always a shortage of those and most councils cannot fulfill their obligations to travellers. happychook

12:30pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Surbotron says...

Excellent news.
The sooner this land is used for something appropriate and positive for the local area and not profit-driven megalomaniac supermarkets, the better.
Excellent news. The sooner this land is used for something appropriate and positive for the local area and not profit-driven megalomaniac supermarkets, the better. Surbotron

1:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

peter1947 says...

So kingston council want to buy the land back off tesco's,WHY didnt the council buy the land in the first place
So kingston council want to buy the land back off tesco's,WHY didnt the council buy the land in the first place peter1947

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