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On this page you can read about about the CDRA, how to contact us, the Executive Committee and some of our current activities and our recent actions on Planning.

CDRA is a voluntary, non-political organisation working on behalf of the residents of Cobham and Downside. The aim of the association is to ensure that residents have a strong meaningful voice on matters that have an impact on their community.

If you would like to help us make a difference, we are always looking for enthusiastic local residents to join our committee.  Get in touch to find out what this would involve.  Our contact details are near the top right hand side of this screen.

To achieve our objectives and to maximise the benefits of the association we need both active support and input from you, the local resident. Having campaigned on major issues in the past our current and future intention is to ensure that Cobham and Downside remains intact for future generations. There are many aspects of our local society on which we all have opinions - all matters that affect the local community receive our attention. Specifically we address matters relating to:

Planning ~ Highways ~ Environment ~ Amenities ~ Policing ~ Youth Services ~ Health Services 


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CDRA Executive Committee

Sue Kilpatrick          Chairman, Planning
Wendy Whitaker      Hon Treasurer
Sandy Brook            Hon Secretary, Website
Renny Kyle              Membership Secretary
Ian Clifford               Environment & Amenities
Rosemary Bailey     Newsletter
Mike Dawes             Transport
Des Magill
Gerald Stanford
Anne Bryant
Jill Newman


Aerial Photo of St Andrews Church Cobham

CDRA Activities 

To illustrate the range of the CDRA's activities, here are some of the topics that were under consideration in our July 2017 committee meeting. They are in no special order:

  • 1-7 Holly Parade – demolition & building arrangements
  • 39-41 High Street – application for flats above the shops
  • Esso Petrol Station – appeal for 24 hour opening
  • The Running Mare – appeal for taxi office in carpark
  • Motorway Service Area – LNG refuelling station application
  • Glashaus Building – redevelopment into 54 retirement flats
  • Local Plan & Green Belt – Elmbridge press release re the outcome of the consultation
  • Builders parking in Virginia Place & White Lion Gate
  • Rubbish bin collection problems following handover
  • Community Recycling Centres consultation
  • NHS111 & GP Out-of-Hours Service consultation
  • Bus services – new contracts
  • Train service – August disruption
  • Cobham Patient Participation Group – distribution list
  • Floral displays in the High Street
  • Bulletins to CDRA members
  • Upgrade of CDRA website
  • Plans for autumn newsletter & half-yearly meeting
Painshill Waterwheel

CDRA's Action on Planning

Some applications the CDRA has objected to in recent months: 

The CDRA submitted a detailed objection in response to the consultation in early 2017 on the new Local Plan and the Green Belt proposals. We combined with other local organisations to highlight the issues to residents and to assist them to respond.

  • Extension to 106 Hogshill Lane
  • Extension to 121 Portsmouth Road
  • Site access for building underground parking at White Lion development
  • 70-bed care home at Painshill Farm
  • Petrol station and convenience store at San Domenico, Portsmouth Road
  • 1-7 Holly Parade re-development
  • 11 Icklingham Road - new, much larger house in place of existing (Refused. Smaller house submitted)
  • Esso Garage 24 hour opening and extra signs (Refused. Passed  on appeal)
  • Inclusion of former Wisley Airfield in Guildford Local Plan
  • White Lodge, Hogshill Lane - 2 houses in place of 1
  • Running Mare, Tilt Road - Portacabin for taxi business in carpark (Refused. Turned down on appeal)
  • Esso Garage 24 hour licence

A full list of planning applications can be seen at www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/online.htm

CDRA representatives regularly attend Elmbridge Planning Meetings as spectators and our Planning Officer has spoken at the Planning Sub-Committee Meetings on a number of occasions on behalf of residents against a planning application.

CDRA representatives have attended workshops held by Elmbridge Borough Council to contribute to the development of the latest planning policies and framework.

The CDRA, CCHT and Chamber of Commerce have jointly set up the Cobham Green Belt Group to promote and encourage the retention of the Green Belt in and around Cobham, keeping local people informed about Green Belt issues.