This was submitted for examination to the Secretary of State in mid-December 2017. Public hearings on the Plan have now been completed and the Planning Inspector will report to Guildford Borough Council on whether the plan is sound and what changes, if any, need to be made before the council can adopt the plan. The Former Wisley Airfield/Three Farms Meadows site remained in the Draft Local Plan that was presented to the Inspector. (Jul 2018)
Royal Surrey County Hospital
There is a vacancy for an Elmbridge representative on the Council of Governors. Email to the CDRA if you’d like to know more. Governors play a vital role in shaping the future direction of the Trust and the services provided to local communities. (Jul 2018)
Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030
In 2017 Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust consulted on future plans for the hospitals managed by the Trust, including a proposal for a new specialist acute facility for acutely unwell patients. They looked at three potential future scenarios - siting the new facility at Epsom Hospital, at St Helier Hospital, or co-located with The Royal Marsden at Sutton Hospital. Their financial analysis is said to show that all three options would make a large absolute improvement in the Trust's financial position. They recommended that all three are taken forward to the next stage for consideration. Any changes would not happen for a number of years.
They have now shared their findings in a report which you can see at Improving Healthcare Together 2020-30. This document covers a programme which will see organisations across local health and care services work with communities and patients in Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton to address a series of long-standing challenges and improve healthcare sustainably for the future. A series of discussion events have been arranged and they would like as many people as possible to attend. Details are at https://improvinghealthcaretogether.org.uk/ (Jul 2018)
Wisley Planning Appeal
The Secretary of State has dismissed the appeal by the developers who want to build over 2000 houses on Green Belt land at the former Wisley Airfeld site also known as Three Farms Meadows. The Wisley Action Group has led the fight against this development. Cobham Heritage Group participated in the Inquiry and we thank them, and especially David Bellchamber, who spoke on behalf of Cobham objectors. Go to www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk for more details. (Jun 2018)
Levels of funding to County authorities for road maintenance are based on the length of the roads rather than the usage and this is a significant disadvantage for Surrey. There is an online petition on this issue. The petition is not connected to the CDRA nor to Surrey County Council. If 100,000 signatures are gathered this would force a Parliamentary debate on the topic. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/217930 Deadline 2nd November for signatures. (Jun 2018)
Elmbridge Borough Council has agreed to install a pedestrian refuge in Between Streets to make this very busy road safer to cross. Residents in the immediate vicinity are being consulted about their preferred location for this crossing. (Jun 2018)
Here are a few older items that may still be of interest
Avenue of Remembrance
The cherry trees in the Avenue of Remembrance on the Tilt have now been replaced, ensuring the future of this much loved memorial to local soldiers who lost their lives in WWII. The official re-dedication, arranged by Elmbridge Borough Council in collaboration with local community organisations, took place on Sunday 8th April 2018. The Avenue was originally created by the Cobham Village Women's Institute and was first dedicated on Sunday 24th February 1946. Local school children have since planted a carpet of poppies under the trees. (May 2018)
Police & Crime Plan
The Police & Crime Commissioner for Surrey is refreshing the Police and Crime Plan for the county. This sets the strategic direction for the Force and provides the basis for how he holds the Chief Constable to account. The new draft plan features six revised priorities. He completed a consultation on his proposals in April. (Apr 2018)
M25/A3 Junction Improvements
The Highways England consultation about the latest version of the proposals for the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange finished on 26 March 2018. The scheme includes changes to the Painshill roundabout area . There is considerable concern about the affect on Painshill Park if the proposals put forward go ahead unchanged however discussions have since taken place andmay be of help. (Mar 2018)
CIL Grant Applications
A Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is collected by Elmbridge Borough Council from Developers. Local organisations and community groups can apply for awards from this fund. A Spending Board covering Cobham, Oxshott, Stoke d’Abernon and Downside, and consisting of local Councillors, decides which projects in our area receive funding. Applications succeeding this year included:
The Heritage Trust applied for CIL funds in respect of three footpaths – one in Leigh Hill Road, one at Knowle Park and one at Downside.
The Patient Participation Group at Cobham Health Centre applied for CIL funds for two projects: For an Ambulatory ECG monitor plus three Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitors and also for a part-time person for a period of time to provide an enhanced registration process for new patients and to produce and distribute an up-to-date information pack about the available services. (Mar 2018)
Local Plan & Green Belt Review - What Happenned in 2017
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 published a position paper in July, which is available here, and a summary of the consultation responses which you can read here. Further documents on the background and progress on this topic are available on Elmbridge’s Strategic Options consultation page.
The Council has stated that: “The Government’s proposals to change national planning policy in areas could affect the approach taken by the Council in preparing its new Local Plan. In particular, the proposed changes to assessing housing needs and the introduction of tests as to when there are exceptional circumstances to amend Green Belt will require the Council to prepare additional studies. Therefore, the Council must await the details of the proposed consultations as featured in the Housing White Paper before moving forward.”
Consultation on a more detailed Preferred Approach Local Plan is thus unlikely until early 2018.
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.ukto 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. (Dec 2017)
Stoke Road Speed Limit
The trial period for the 30 miles per hour limit in Stoke Road has been extended. Elmbridge Local Committee agreed to set aside £5,000 to investigate measures to reduce traffic speeds on the road. If viable measures are identified then the next steps will be to identify appropriate funding, implement the measures and monitor the effects on vehicle speeds. (Dec 2017)
On 17th January 2017 Elmbridge Planning Committee approved an application to re-develop Holly Parade in Cobham High Street. The plans are for a row of four shops and a restaurant/cafe at ground level plus retirement flats on 3 floors above. Temporary changes have been made in the road layout in Cobham High Street to accommodate the development. Demolition is nearing completion and McCarthy & Stone had scheduled work to start on the foundations around the end of September 2017. This was delayed following the collapse of the scaffolding in high winds together with the neeed to complete a party wall agreement with the neighbouring property before demolition could be completed. The latest dates we have are that they aim to have the existing buildings removed early in 2018 and to be selling the properties in spring 2019. (Dec 2017)
CDRA October 2017 Residents’ Meeting
Our guest speaker on 12th October 2017 was Claire Yarborough, Business Manager for Cobham Health Centre. She explained what goes on behind the scenes at the surgery to support the work of the medical staff and to deal with the management and admin of the centre. If you missed the meeting then click here to see her slides to give you a flavour of the talk. (Oct 2017)