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CCHT Open Meeting Wed 24th Sept 2014

The next Cobham Heritage Trust Open Meeting will be taking place at 8pm on Wed 24th Sept 2014 at the Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, KT11 2LU.

At this meeting we will be showing a selection of photographs taken on Heritage day. Sky TV – Living Surrey - were also filming at the Mill last Saturday and took in Heritage Day as well and we hope to show the short 10 minute film at the meeting. Living Surrey will be broadcast on Sky 212 on Monday 22nd Sept 2014 at 7.30pm and if you don't have Sky TV the programme will be available on their website at

At the open meeting we shall also be discussing some important planning applications both current and expected, so it's important for you to come along and share your thoughts.

We hope you will be able to come to the meeting, and please feel free to bring friends or neighbours along.
The are a number of important items on the Agenda and the main one is Planning Application number 2012/1721 the New Cobham Library and Community Hub, Cedar Road.  Together with the CDRA, the Cobham Chamber of Commerce and Envisage, we have  been engaged in consultation over this very important development.   Your Trust Committee has major concerns about the access and design, and it is vital we consult with our members. This project is one of the most important schemes to come before us and to Cobham in many years; we must make sure that it is the very best that can be achieved for Cobham. If we are not careful we could be saddled with a "white elephant" in an inaccessible part of the centre. Others may feel that this is the best deal on the table and we shouldn't walk away. So come and hear what is planned by Shanly Homes and Surrey CC and share with us your thoughts. Consultation ends on 2nd July although we are challenging Elmbridge that the time allowed is inadequate.
There will also be the opportunity to update you on the Riverhill Project.  We will also want to bring you up to date in relation to other planning matters, and items of interest. Mary Taylor of the Cobham Village Hall will talk about their major modernisation plans. We shall also be launching our sale of Duck Tickets for the annual Heritage Day Duck Race!


Draft Guildford Plan - Consultation ends on Mon 22 Sept 2014

On Monday at 5pm consultation closes on the Draft Guildford plan which amongst other things includes proposals for a 2,000 dwelling development on the site of the old Wisley Airfield. We as a group are very concerned at the implications of this draft plan and the possible Wisley housing development.

We have already submitted an earlier comment and shall be submitting further comments on Monday. Although we are on the periphery of this area it could still affect us for two reasons: weakening and developing the green belt will have repercussions on all green belt land and particularly that land nearby ie. in our area. Secondly the proposed development at Wisley will cause major problems to our already inadequate infrastructure and overcrowded roads.

The Wisley Action Group have an excellent website: where guidance on submissions is available. But you only have until 5pm on Monday 22nd September 2014 to submit your comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

So if you wish to submit a comment please do so post haste.


Duck Race Results - Photo Finish! - Heritage Day 2014

Saturday 13th September 2014

Duck Race Photo Finish!Thank you for everyone who supported this years Cobham Heritage Day by buying a ticket and sponsoring a duck for the Cobham Heritage Day Duck Race. We would especially like to thank Knight Frank Estate Agents for their sponsorship of the event.

Over 7500 ducks raced down the river from the Cobham Mill to the finish line by the new Riverhill platform eagerly watched by a huge crowd.

This year was a photo finish with duck 732 just beating duck 227 by a beak!

The winners of the Duck race are shown below. We will contact the winners during the coming week and arrange for you to collect your prize in exchange for your winning ticket.

Prize Ticket
Prize Ticket
1st Prize (£250) 732 15th Prize (£10)  6052
2nd Prize (£200) 227
16th Prize (£10)  6215
3rd Prize (£100) 7049 17th Prize (£10)  794
4th Prize (£50) 968 18th Prize (£10)  6399
5th Prize (£50) 7082 19th Prize (£10)  1364
6th Prize (£50) 519 20th Prize (£10)  1713
7th Prize (£50) 4531
21st Prize (£10)  5951
8th Prize (£50) 912 22nd Prize (£10)  459
9th Prize (£10) 5132
23rd Prize (£10)  289
10th Prize (£10) 7686
24th Prize (£10)  6545
11th Prize (£10) 3958
25th Prize (£10)  2073
12th Prize (£10) 6692
26th Prize (£10)  3104
13th Prize (£10)  2697 27th Prize (£10)  960
14th Prize (£10) 1033 28th Prize (£10)  830


If you are a winner and haven't heard from us by Sun 21st Sept 2014, please contact us by either emailing us via the following email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

or writing to:

Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust
PO Box 335,
KT11 9AY

Joyce will then arrange for you to receive your prize in exchange for your winning ticket.


Cobham Heritage Day 2014 Programme

Cobham Heritage Day is approaching fast and you can find out more about the day and the special events and activities planned.

Lifeboat leafletHeritage Day is a family fun day which is free to enter and occupies Cobham Church Street, St Andrews Church and Church Yard, Church Gate House Gardens and the Leg O'Mutton Field.

The main event starts at 11am and concludes with the Cobham Duck Race on the River Mole which is kindly sponsored by Knight Frank Estate Agents. The Duck Race begins at 4pm and 8000 yellow plastic ducks are launched at the Cobham Mill weir and the first 28 ducks to reach the finish line at Riverhill opposite the Wildwood Old Bear Pub all receive a prize. The first prize being £250.

As with previous years, all day parking is available for just 50p on the Leg O'Mutton Field.

In the evening we have arranged a special performance of "Lifeboat" by the Cobham Players. Click here for more details of the evening and how you can get your tickets.

Click on the programme below to download the full programme and a map showing some of the activities happening on the day.

heritage day 2014 prog


Royal Honour for Cobham

Her Royal Highness unveiling a new Riverhill information boardMembers of the community in Cobham enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on the 9th July 2014 when HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO visited The Riverhill Regeneration Project. The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust together with local schools, clubs, volunteers, businesses and Elmbridge Borough Council raised £150,000 to complete this award-winning regeneration project.

Her Royal Highness met those involved in the project, as well as members of the Trust and viewed the work which had been carried out. To cheers from the crowds, Her Royal Highness unveiled a new information board dedicating the project to the Diamond Jubilee 1952-2012. Sam Perkins (age 8) presented The Countess of Wessex with a commemorative book about the project.

HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO and Emily BanfieldOne of the many highlights of the afternoon was a mini duck race on the River Mole. 20 plastic ducks, each one named after a member of the Royal family were designed by Children from the three local schools who have been involved with the project (Royal Kent School, St. Andrew's School and St. Matthew's School).

Watched by the crowd, the little ducks raced down the River Mole to the finishing line by the new viewing platform. The winning duck, named after Prince Andrew was presented to Her Royal Highness by Emily Banfield (age 6) as a wonderful reminder of the afternoon.

The duck race represented miniature version of Cobham's annual Heritage Day event (to be held on the 13th September this year) when 8,000 plastic ducks race down the Mole.

Her Royal Highness then enjoyed a demonstration by the Cobham Millers when she toured Cobham Mill, Surrey's sole surviving Water Mill.

Escorted by Sir Gerald Acher, Chairman of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust, The Countess of Wessex then moved to The Tilt where a tea party provided by Waitrose in Cobham was in full swing. Children from St Matthew's School performed a Maypole dancing demonstration and the Cobham Band provided uplifting music for the afternoon. Her Royal Highness enjoyed a cup of tea whilst meeting members of the Cobham Evening WI who had kindly made the cakes for the party, members of the Royal British Legion and some of the many volunteers who support the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust throughout the year. Read more: Royal Honour for Cobham


Proposal for Rural Business Centre at Norwood Farm on Green Belt

The Trust's Planning Team would like to draw your attention to this latest planning application at Norwood Farm.

Proposal: Construction of new rural business centre, conversion of existing stable building to B1 office use, alterations to existing green keeper building and construction of new green keeper building on footprint of existing buildings (2,766 sq.m net increase)

Location: Norwood Farm Buildings, Old Common Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BS

Application Number: 2014/1993

It is described as "a rural business centre". It is in the Green Belt and what is proposed is, in fact, a commercial office development of 2,766 sq. metres (30,000 sq. feet) – a large development with 65 or more car park spaces and up to 200 employees. Our community needs to ask whether there is any case for this large development in the Green Belt on what was a farm and consider the wider implications.

There is at present a varied collection of farm buildings. Will the proposed new development have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing buildings? Undoubtedly, as current permitted use takes in green management for the Burhill Golf Course (with storage of machinery for that which will be dislocated) and very small-scale artisan and equine use. The Applicant states that only 17 employees are currently involved.

The access will be via Elvedon Road off and onto Portsmouth Road. The location is far from reliable or convenient public transport and to discourage car use the Applicant proposes a shuttle bus to and from Esher Station at peak times and to Esher at lunch time. But employees will commute from other directions and how long before employees supposed to use a bus took to their cars? The Trust believes there would be heavy additional vehicle use, adding to local traffic, not only from that but also from numerous regular deliveries and visitors.

There would be no benefit to the local Cobham community, just loss of amenity. The proposals would significantly affect the amenities of the residential occupiers of Norwood Farmhouse, who are at present in a rural situation but could potentially have a full scale office development on their doorstep.

The Trust believes that this Application for a significant development contravenes the objects of the Green Belt. If permitted it could set a dangerous precedent. The Trust will be writing to the Planning Department at Elmbridge objecting. It would ask members to also write objecting if they can.

This application comes at a time when Cargills have notified a change (as new regulations entitle them to) of use of their extensive premises at Knowle Hill Park, off the Fairmile Lane, from business to residential in the form of 21 flats, indicating a lack of business demand. These premises are not dissimilar in size to what the Applicant looks to add in the Norwood Farm proposals.

The closing date for submissions is 27th June 2014. They should be sent to the Planning Department, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher KT10 9SD. You can also send your comments via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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