Another threat to our Green Belt is the proposed new Free Secondary School to be constructed on Green Belt land owned by Burhill Park Estates, together with hundreds of houses (exact number not known), no doubt to finance the construction of the school and provide a return to Burhill.
This proposed development, we believe of some 60 acres and of a similar size to the motorway service station, will be near Elveden Road off the Fairmile, Portsmouth Road and on the Cobham side of the Fairmile Hotel. The developers, Cala Homes, are holding a consultation for the public on Thursday the 28th Nov 2013 between 12 noon and 8pm at the Gospel Hall at 115a Anyards Road, Cobham KT11 2LJ. We would advise all those interested, both for and against to go along and see their proposals. For more details visit www.cala.co.uk/cobham
Although all Green Belt development is abhorrent to us, we are still in the information gathering stage. We will publish further details once we have had an opportunity to see the proposals ourselves.
Please go along to the public consultation if you can on Thursday afternoon and see for yourself how these plans could affect your local environment.
The Trust's Planning Committee is very concerned about what is contained in a Consultation Document produced by Guildford Borough Council for formulating a Local Plan. To place this in context, the Borough boundary is less than 2 miles from Cobham and adjoins Downside and Hatchford.
The disused Wisley Airfield is in Green Belt land and just 2 miles from Cobham. What is suggested is building 2175 houses on 167 hectares and goes further in envisaging with a new settlement, all the infrastructure required. There are spill overs into Ockham and East and West Horsley. Objections must be in by the 29th Nov 2013 and we shall be objecting vigorously.
Update: The CCHT has submitted a letter in response to the Guildford Local Plan which can be read by clicking here
You can respond to the Consultation if you have any connection with the Borough, including, for example, using it for any leisure purpose. You can write a letter to:
There is a questionnaire that can be filled out online, but some questions appear to be loaded and any respondent must be wary. There is a website set up by activists wanting to save the Green Belt within Guildford Borough which can be found at: www.surreygreenbelt.orgRead more: Guildford Local Plan & the Threat to the Green Belt
1st Oxshott Scouts were treated to a Heritage Quiz on Friday 18th October 2013.
Lynne Randell (Schools Liaison CCHT) told them all about the work of the Cobham Heritage Trust and encouraged them to think about their local heritage and what volunteering can do for a community. The competition was fierce and the winning team was rewarded with plenty of chocolate!
Please contact Lynne if you know of a group or school that would like a visit or an activity. She can offer a quiz, brief presentations, and ideas for local visits and heritage trails.
Local schools raised more than £3000 for the Riverhill Project and have had ongoing involvement via bulb-planting and the Riverhill poetry competition. Let's support our children and young people to value their local heritage!
TRANSITION COBHAM supported by Cobham Heritage Trust
- Stéphanie Jacometti and Liz Barton
Experts may disagree on whether or not oil production has peaked yet, but one thing is certain: our energy bills and fuel costs are rising fast. "We have seen the end of the Age of Cheap Fossil Fuels," writes Transition's founder, Rob Hopkins, in his new book, 'The Power of Just Doing Stuff'. He argues that we are entering a new era where energy supplies will be harder to access and more costly to extract.
The Transition movement is about transitioning to a more local and sustainable future. Its goal is to make communities more resilient in the face of challenges such as energy scarcity and rising living costs.
Transition Cobham has set up an Energy group to help people save energy through awareness-raising and advice sessions. It is currently doing a survey to find out more about local people's attitudes towards renewable energy.Read more: Local response to rising energy bills
As a result of feedback from last year we have made the calendar a little smaller this year to make it easier to hang on the wall. It also makes it more convenient to give as a gift or to send through the post.
If you would like to order one or more copies please download and complete the order form by clicking on the brochure to the right and send your order with payment to:Read more: Cobham Calendar 2014 - Now on Sale
The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust (CCHT) was relaunched in November 2005 from the Cobham Conservation Group. You can find out more about the Trust on the About Us page.
We hope you enjoy exploring our website and find the information interesting and stimulating and if you are not already a member that this will spur you on to join and support us. Click on the Membership menu for more details.