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Former White Lion - Planning Sub-Committee. Mon 15th Dec 2014 7:45pm

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UPDATE - 15 Dec 2014: The Planning Applications have been refused by the EBC West Area Planning Sub-Committee. Hopefully the applicant will take onboard the objections and comments made and will submit a revised application which provides better design, lower density, reduced height and takes into account the historically significance of the site and its buildings.

On the 15th December there is an important planning meeting at the Civic Centre which includes an item on a matter which affects Cobham. This concerns Planning Applications 2014/3417 and 2014/3752 - the former White Lion (Vermont Exchange - NY Bar, or as the Applicant chooses to call it, the Cobham Lodge Hotel). We have previously said that this development must not be allowed to go ahead, due to the bad design and the demolition of an 18th century building within the curtilege of the Grade II listed building. From the start we have emphasised that this site is one of the most prominent public sites in Cobham, and high quality design must be provided to make the same positive contribution to the built environment that the existing Inn makes.
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Cobham Community Garden Crowdfunder Appeal

Transition CobhamTransition Cobham are currently using crowdfunding to raise money for the COBHAM COMMUNITY GARDEN's fence. The Crowdfunder appeal is doing really well but they need a little more help to reach their target of £2500 by the 22nd of December 2014. Please have a look at their Crowdfunder page and pledge if you can.

They have made a video about the project whcih you can see on the Crowdfunder page and hope to involve as many people as possible.

For more details visit the Transition Cobham website at

Tilt Conservation Area - Public Consultation

What makes The Tilt Conservation Area special?

A Conservation Area is described as an area of "special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance"

The Elmbridge Borough Council's Heritage Section has been working in collaboration with members of the local community to produce a Character Appraisal and Management Plan document for The Tilt Conservation Area. This document identifies what makes the conservation area special and identifies actions for protection and improvement. The document is now the subject of a 6 week public consultation and your views would be very welcome.

A public exhibition is to be held on:

THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER 2014 from 12.00 – 3:00pm
at Cobham Cemetery Chapel, Tilt Road, Cobham

The document is also available to view on the Elmbridge Council website below and any comments should be sent to Planning Services by Friday 16 January 2015. Please note that any comments made cannot be kept confidential and may be made available publicly.


No Farmers Market in December

There will be no Farmers Market in December 2014 as the date falls on the Christmas weekend!

The next Farmers Market in Hollyhedge Road, Cobham will be on Saturday 24th January 2015 and then on the fourth Saturday of each month.

New Daffodil Display for the Leg O’Mutton

Amy getting things readyAmy getting things readyBuilding upon the success of the daffodil bulb planting project at Riverhill last year, the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust have again joined forces with Elmbridge Borough Council's Leisure and Cultural Services team and three local schools to continue the project.

Around 40 children and their families made short work of planting 1,500 daffodil bulbs on the Leg O'Mutton field in Cobham last Saturday morning.

The bulbs were planted around the bases of the oak trees which run through the middle of the field. Volunteers from The Royal Kent School, St Matthew's School and St Andrew's School each planted their own stretch of trees with Narcissus Tete-a-Tete bulbs, a dwarf variety of daffodils which flower in early Spring.

Read more: New Daffodil Display for the Leg O’Mutton

49-51 High Street behind Questa - Planning Application No.2014/3406 - Comments by Fri 31st Oct

Update: This application has been withdrawn, although a revised application is expected.

This planning application is for a detached one storey building with rooms in the roof space for A1/A3 use (shops and restaurant) on ground floors, and D1 use (Medical Aesthetics Clinic) on first floor with external link to 51 High Street (formerly the cSee boutique), and detached two storey building for A1/A3 use (shops and restaurant) on ground floor and C3 (residential) on first floor with ancilliary landscaping to include cycle parking and bin store, following demolition of existing shed and garage – listed buildings.


We believe this development could be classed in the same league as the White Lion. Please consider supporting us in our objection and if you agree please object before the 31 October 2014.

    • This proposed development would increase the density of the area, impact on the amenity of neighbours, become a crime blackspot as it is hidden away from the High Street and introduce dangerous traffic movements onto an already busy and exposed part of the High Street.
    • This application proposes the demolition of two outbuildings. One of these is of timber construction with a red pantiled roof and, as such, is of a vernacular type that was once common only in a small area of Surrey – especially in Cobham.
    • The proposed scheme is not up to the standards that should be set for this historic area. This proposal fails to meet these standards set out in Elmbridge's Core Strategy (July 2011). The Core Strategy also states that "Particular attention should be given to the design of development which could have effect on heritage assets which include ... historic buildings."

Objections on planning applications should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting the relevant Planning Application number, together with your name and home address, or you can complete the on-line form. Alternatively, letters can be sent to the Planning Department, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher KT10 9SD.


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