Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we are having to cancel our Autumn Meeting which was due to take place in October. We do hope our Spring Meeting will happen as usual but will have to make a decision nearer the time. We are working on our Autumn Newsletter which should be with you in the next month or so. There are many issues currently facing our area: the Local Plan, the Government’s White Paper: Planning for the Future, and changes to our unitary authorities within Surrey. All these subjects will be covered in the newsletter.
You will probably be aware of the White Papers on a new Planning Act as part of Boris Johnson’s economic plan to ‘build, build, build’. This is the first complete overhaul to our planning system since 1947 and is hugely significant for Elmbridge, and our area in particular. The CDRA is concerned that this will have big impact on us because housing density will increase with more flats and houses built in our residential suburbs. This has already started on Stoke Road, Fairmile Lane and Green Lane and will put increasing pressure on our already stretched infrastructure.
The government is currently consulting on this and the CDRA, after considerable review and discussion, has submitted its own detailed responses which you can see by clicking CDRA Consultation Response.. We would encourage our members to take part in the consultation and you may choose to use some or all of our answers. The survey is at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MHCLG-Changes-to-the-current-planning-system/ and ends on 1st October 2020 at 11.45am.
There has already been a huge increase in Elmbridge’s house building target, from 225 homes per annum in 2011, to 474 in 2016, 623 in 2019, and now to 774 per annum. This means over a 10 year period there would be 7740 new homes in the borough compared to 2720 at the current rate of build.
CDRA accepts Cobham should take its fair share of a fully justified housing target for Elmbridge. However, we want to avoid an increase in housing density and do not agree with other local organisations that a single argument against use of Green Belt will serve Cobham well.
Our newsletter will cover more of the details of this and will be posted out in the next few weeks.
Click on Covid-19 Info to visit our page on this topic, which has links to a wide range of information.
A new Patient Information Booklet has been produced for Cobham Health Centre under the auspices of the Patient Participation Group, funded by a grant the Group obtained from Elmbridge Borough Council. The booklet has been distributed to all households in Cobham, Downside and Stoke D'Abernon. Copies are available from the Health Centre, including a larger print version for those who require one. Make sure you are fully aware of the current services the Centre offers and take a look at the Practice's new website.
In September 2019 the Government allocated £500 million to improve the current hospital buildings as well as to build a new specialist emergency care hospital on one of 3 sites - Epsom, St Helier or Sutton. Under the proposals most services would stay at the existing sites in refurbished buildings. Six major services for the most unwell, those who need more specialist care, and births in hospital would be brought together onto one site in new state-of-the art buildings.. These new buildings could be located at any of the three sites, but the preferred option is Sutton. This consultation closed on 1st April 2020. In July Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group announced the green light for a £500m investment for Epsom and St Helier hospitals and a brand new specialist hospital in Sutton. Click on hospital investment for details.
An Elmbridge Borough Council consultation entitled 'Creating our vision, objectives and the direction for development management policies 2020' closed on 9th March. Go to Consultation to view the consultation document. Elmbridge Borough Council will issue a log of the consultation responses received along with the council’s consideration of the issues raised in due course. The next Local Plan consultation is expected Autumn 2020.
Here's a some background information:-
Elmbridge Councillor James Browne was one of the speakers at the CDRA Residents’ Meeting on 17th October and reported on some key points emerging from the recent public consultation about the draft Local Plan. (Visit www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk to read about the consultation).
Over 6500 responses had been received by Elmbridge Council by the time the consultation closed on 30th September. 85% had chosen Option 4 which would optimise development of urban land and not use any Green Belt sites, delivering about 45% less than the Government target for new homes. 1259 responses had come from Cobham residents, with 94% selecting Option 4. 401 replies were from Stoke D’Abernon and 488 from Oxshott. There was overwhelming support for retaining the Green Belt and a strong expression of the need for better infrastructure, especially roads.
Timescales for future steps were uncertain but Councillor Browne gave an indication of how things might go. There was likely to be a formal report on the outcome to Elmbridge Cabinet in November 2019. There would then be further stages including more consultation. The new draft Local Plan might be available around June 2020 with adoption of the Plan in about autumn 2021.
(Click here to see a PDF of the advice the CDRA gave about how to respond to the Consultation, which closed at the end of September 2019).
If you would like to see a full list of the topics Surrey County Council is currently consulting on, those it has completed and the outcomes then go to www.surreysays.co.uk
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Anne Bryant is retiring from the CDRA Committee after serving for 9 years. Thank-you Anne for your contribution to our work. (Sep 2020)
We welcome Martine Elbourne who has been coopted onto the CDRA Committee. He has taken on the role of CDRA Police and Highways Representtative.
We have received the sad news that Joyce McDavitt has passed away. Joyce was a long-standing member of the CDRA Committee, retiring from it about ten years' ago. She was 95 and had lived and worked in Cobham for her whole life. She was a fount of knowledge about our area with an amazing memory for people and places in Cobham from her childhood right through to now. Our condolences to her family. Once restrictions are lifted they hope to hold a memorial service to celebrate Joyce's life. (March 2020)
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