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Below is the latest news we have on some important local matters. Visit our News page for some other current and recent items that may be of interest to you. If you missed our latest emailed bulletins to members you can see the most recent by clicking: June Bulletin, July Bulletin.
There were approximately 3,800 responses to the Elmbridge Borough Council Strategic Options consultation on the Local Plan, which closed at the end of February. We hope you had your say regarding the proposal to remove two large areas of land in the Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott areas from the Green Belt and about other aspects of the draft Local Plan. The Council will publish a report on the issues raised as soon as it is able to do so.
It has not been possible for the Council to adhere to its original timetable for the new Local Plan. The huge volume of comments is taking longer than expected to analyse and the General Election and delays to Government policy are also having an impact. You can find out more about this by viewing the Council’s Statement of Progress on the new Local Plan at www.elmbridge.gov.uk/news/new-local-plan . More recently, in July 2017, the Council issued a Press Release on this matter. You can read a copy by clicking here.
The CDRA and other local groups will continue to work together on this topic and hope to contribute further to the formulation of the Plan. Our combined endeavours are being channelled via the Cobham Green Belt Group. Organisations that are represented on this Group include, as well as the CDRA, the CCHT, Stoke D’Abernon RA, Fedora for Oxshott and Save Cobham Green Belt. You can register at www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk to receive newsletters about issues and developments which may affect the Green Belt in and around Cobham and for background and latest news on the Green Belt Review.
The avenue of cherry trees on The Tilt was created in 1946 in memory of those from Cobham who lost their lives in World War II. The CCHT has an excellent article at www.cobhamheritage.co.uk about the history of this Avenue of Remembrance with the names of all those commemorated.
Elmbridge Borough Council propose removing/replacing the cherry trees with different types and will be consulting on this shortly. As at 22nd August the Council have informed us as that:
‘We (Elmbridge Council) are currently finalising the details of the report and public consultation, which will be completed following discussions on the draft document with ward councillors. The next stage of the process will be to invite a representative from each of the key local stakeholder groups, including yourselves (the CDRA), to help guide us on the final consultation document, which will be open to the local residents in Cobham and the surrounding areas. Invitations to the consultation meeting will be sent out shortly.’