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 www.transitioncobham.org.uk
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.
Building 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.
Update: This application has been withdrawn, although a revised application is expected.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."
Update: Elmbridge Borough Council Planning Department has refused this planning application as it "...would appear to be an alien addition that would appear incongruous with the character of the area and the street scene due to its disproportionate height and prominant location...". Full details on the EBC Planning Department website.
This planning application (Ref No. 2014/3905) is to site a 12.5m high telephone mast at the corner of Miles Lane and Ashcroft Park. This is very much a residential area.
You may recall that a similar application was turned down by the Planning Inspector in 2013 who stated "I do not consider that the operational needs of the Appellant and Co-Operator, outweigh the significant harm to the character and appearance of the area that would result from siting a column of this height in this particular location." What has changed regarding this location?
Developers are planning to redevelop the former White Lion on the Portsmouth Road (previously known as the Vermont Exchange & NY Bar and Grill). This is a Grade II listed building and is an important Cobham landmark.
The developers have submitted their planning applications to devlop this important site and propose to convert the imposing Grade II listed building into four flats maintaining the Georgian façade on to the street and construct a large number of dwellings around. You can view the proposals on the Elmbridge Planning website under: Planning Application 2014/3752 & 2014/3417. Click here to go to the Elmbridge Planning website.
We are not at all happy about this and if the development is allowed to proceed as planned, the special and imposing Grade II building will be over shadowed. We shall be opposing this most strongly but our voice will not be enough and we need your support.
Please examine the proposal and if you think fit please object before Tue 4th November 2014 (was Fri 17th Oct and then 27th Oct but now extended to the 4th Nov 2014).
Objections could include the following:
- The proposed flats to the rear of the inn should not exceed the height of the inn itself. The inn dominates the turning of the Portsmouth road and the architectural hierarchy of what remains of this historic turning should not be undermined by new buildings which fail to respect the historic scale of the built environment. The proposed new buildings are of a poor design quality. The standard of design should be set by the historic assets already on the site. At present the proposed buildings would harm the Grade II listed building, rather than enhance it. This is a prominent public site and high quality design will be needed if it is to make the same positive contribution to the built environment that the existing inn makes.
- The demolition of an 18th century building within the curtilage of the Grade II listed building. The developers are saying that this outbuilding is probably late 19th century but this is incorrect . Any proposals for the site should respect the contextual value of the whole historic entity of the inn, yard and ancillary buildings. The proposal to demolish the older of the outbuildings at the rear is especially concerning. This building had undergone some alteration over the centuries but it appears on maps from the late eighteenth century and is a survivor of part of the inn's former coach yard. Demolishing the outbuilding removes one of the few remaining elements of the inns connection with its coaching past and divorces the Grade II listed building from a key element of its historic context.
- Potential damage to the historic fabric of the main building. This is timber framed and dates from c. 1580.
- It is essential that before any work is undertaken that Elmbridge ensure that a full archaeological survey is undertaken - a watching brief is not good enough.
Please consider supporting us in conserving this vitally important landmark; we are not against sensitive development but this is insensitive and of the worst kind.
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