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Have your say: should the old Organ and Dragon pub become a Lidl?
Do you want the old Organ and Dragon pub to be turned into a Lidl supermarket?
After two failed attempts to turn the site, in London Road, Ewell, into a fast-food restaurant and takeaway last year, KFC has sold it to the budget supermarket chain.
And, due to loopholes in planning law, Lidl may not need planning permission from Epsom Council for the conversion.
Ewell councillor Clive Woodbridge said: "I was a little bit surprised at the sale given the fact that the Plannning Inspectorate rejected KFC so firmly on highway safety grounds that Lidl thinks it's a suitable site for a supermarket. But they have a right to put an application in and we have to wait and see where that takes them.
"It will be a challenging site to develop into a supermarket.
"The area is actually quite well-provided for in terms of shops but Lidl is a particular brand so maybe it would compliment what's already on offer."
CAMRA research shows that more than 200 pubs across Britain were converted into supermarket convenience stores between January 2010 and November 2012.
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