The developer has now submitted an application (although it has still to be registered as of 8 Aug 2016) to develop 1-7 Holly Parade, Cobham - the empty shops in the High Street opposite Farrants. The proposed development is quite stark with a flat roof and in our view quite out of keeping with the architecture nearby of pitched roofs and gables. As soon as the application has been registered it will be published and the clock will start ticking for comments. This could happen any day now or in the next week or two. As usual we shall email the grounds on which we shall object and the points on which we shall be basing this Trust's objections.
As you know the developers have carried out extensive consultations involving the community. Indeed they wrote to over 2000 residents and stakeholders and over 200 attended their meetings - more, they say, than for any previous McCarthy and Stone development. We believe that the majority who attended would have expressed deep reservations about the architectural style of the frontage above the shops and the flat roof but our evidence is only anecdotal. All those who have attended any of the meetings or responded to the developers will have received a newsletter in the last week and a reply card requesting feedback.
In the Newsletter it states "...these proposals were shaped by the local community. Following the feedback we received from residents we have carefully reviewed the scheme and made a number of design changes...." this is just not true because the community would not have shaped the proposals to include a flat roof furthermore in the changes that the architects have made (and, to give them credit, these are improvements) no mention is made that they are not responding to requests for dispensing with the flat roof.
For those who have received their newsletter and the feedback form and feel the same way as us may we ask you to submit the feedback form making a strong comment that you still believe that the flat roof and frontage above the shops is wrong for this High Street and pays no regards to the architecture around e.g. at Farrants opposite. We must not leave it on record that the community acquiesced with their proposals or even worse helped to frame them.
Once the application has been published we shall consider it and write to our members within the timescale for objecting, with our views.
Heritage Day is a family fun day which is free to enter and occupies Cobham Church Street, St Andrew's Church and Church Yard, Church Gate House Gardens and the Leg O'Mutton Field.
There are over 90 varied stalls and attractions. The stalls give the public an opportunity to meet local charities, crafts and small businesses throughout the day and to discover interesting organisations and unusual items to buy. Some of the stalls offer delicious things to eat and drink, while others have games and children's items to buy.
We also have free entertainment and attractions throughout the day. These include the popular Stilt Walkers, Maypole Dancing, Birds of Prey demonstration, Shetland Ponys, Juggling and Circus Skills, Punch & Judy, the Cobham Band and a live Jazz Band. Also, for a small charge there are the Open Gardens and classic Bus rides.
Two other major attractions on the Leg O'Mutton field are the Cobham Garden Club Autumn Show (1:30pm - 4pm) and the ever popular Classic & Vintage Car Gathering.
Are you an enthusiastic Gardener or Homecraft/Handicrafter? Why don't you enter one of the Autumn Show classes, there are special children's classes as well. You can visit the Garden Club website at www.cobhamgardenclub.com for more details.
The Cobham Mill is the only working water mill in Surrey and will be open from 1pm to provide demonstrations of how corn was milled using the power of the river Mole.
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 8,000 yellow plastic ducks will be 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.
All day parking is available for just £1 on the Leg O'Mutton Field.
In the evening at 7:30pm the Cobham Players will again be supporting the day with a performance of Lilies on the Land in the Cobham Village Hall, their winning entry about the Women’s Land Army from last year’s Leatherhead Drama Festival. The programme will also include a selection of songs from different musicals performed by the popular and highly regarded Cobham Show Choir. Tickets are £10 to include a drink and are available from the Cobham Bookshop.
Click on the poster to the right to download the programme and map showing some of the activities happening on the day.