To mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Fri 8th May 2020, local organisations including Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust, have laid poppy wreaths at The Tilt memorial. There are 5 in total - Royal British Legion, Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust, Cobham & Downside Residents Association, Army Cadets and volunteers associated with poppy selling (past and present).
The impact of coronavirus epidemic is being felt right across the UK and unfortunately, the Cobham Farmers Market and Cobham Heritage Litterpicks have had to be suspended for the foreseeable future..
Elmbridge Borough Council is launching a new community lottery, to raise funds for charities and good causes Like us which are active in the borough. Tickets are available from the lottery website (https://www.elmbridgelottery.co.uk/), and 50% of the ticket price will go to a good cause chosen by the purchaser when the ticket is purchased.
Tickets cost £1 and weekly draws will take place from 28th March 2020 with the jackpot being £25,000 and a range of other cash prizes.
Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust have signed up as one of the Elmbridge Lottery good causes in order to give everyone who purchases tickets the opportunity to support us.
If you decide to participate in the lottery, please consider choosing Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust as the good cause which will benefit: we would receive 50p in every £1 spent with another 10p going to a general good causes fund.
To play the lottery and nominate Cobham Heritage as your nominated good cause, click on the button below.
Thank you to those who supported the Trust’s submissions on a ‘new’ Parking SPD and a ‘revised’ Development Contributions SPD which closed on 4th February 2020. A further consultation referred to in our last message to members referred to a wider exercise titled by the Council as “Creating our vision, objectives and the direction for development management policies”. This is to enable them to take the process to a final phase in the autumn with the Local Plan that it formulates for the next 15 years. That will in turn to go to the Government Inspector after a further consultation. It may not then be easy to amend to any great extent and the importance of this consultation is that it is almost the last chance for residents to make their wider views known. This consultation closes on Monday 9th March 2020.
The Trust’s Planning Team have attended workshops and have reviewed what the Council have suggested as the emerging key issues policies and challenges. To assist members in answering the questions posed by the Council in the consultation it has drawn up some suggested responses as below.
The Council say it is aiming for 'good' growth in our borough. After inspection and adoption, the Local Plan will guide decisions on whether or not planning applications should be granted permission.
The Council say that the consultation is not about housing numbers and the Green Belt. They point to there having already been 2 consultations on that. But it is arguable that the current exercise on “Vision” should have been undertaken before housing numbers were looked at. The Trust considers that in any event the Council must again take note that in consultations, the public across the Borough overwhelmingly chose option 4 - safeguarding the Green Belt.
In the current consultation, the Council provide a huge amount of material that is relevant, including policies at national and Surrey level. It is difficult for the Trust to summarise all that for you. Remember however that the feedback from residents and stakeholders (such as developers) has to be considered. The Council, in posing a series of questions for residents to respond to, themselves identify what it considers important.
The process of responding can take some time but the Trust feels important to persevere if you feel able. To review the background you can go to
To go straight to the Council’s questions you should go to
It is worth identifying at this stage that there is an opportunity at the end of questions posed to upload a file but the Trust believes it would be best to answer the questions in the boxes provided if you feel able.
The Questions with Comments document below, shows the council’s list of issues which they present for their questions, annotated with comments from The Trust in red. It is hoped these lists and our comments in red will assist members in formulating their own responses. The Trust will be writing in itself making the points identified in red on the document.
Local residents who took part in the Local Plan consultation last Autumn (and thank you to the many who did) are likely to have received emails from Elmbridge Borough Council about some ongoing consultations.
Consultations are now taking place on three separate topics:-
- A ‘new’ Parking SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) to support the existing Local Plan, which consists of the Core Strategy 2011 and the Development Management Plan 2015. Closing date 4th February 2020.
- A ‘revised’ Development Contributions SPD to support the existing Local Plan in particular Core Strategy (2011) policies CS13: Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, CS21: Affordable housing and CS28: Implementation and Delivery. Closing date 4th February 2020.
- Seeking views on EBC’s vision, objectives and the direction for development management policies as part of the preparation of a new Local Plan. Runs from 27th February 2020 to 9th March 2020.
We will be advising members on the vision consultation (item 3) in the course of the coming weeks. For the two SPDs presently under consultation, given the complexity of the documents under consideration and their attachments, the intricacy of the process and the limited time given, the Trustees resolved that the Trust’s planning team should send in a letter to the EBC Planning Department summarising our views on each consultation (see our letters below).
- Cobham Heritage Letter Ref: Parking Supplementary Planning Document SPD Consultation
- Cobham Heritage Letter Ref: Development Contributions SPD Consultation
There are many such SPD’s that together with national policies and the Local Plan itself are important when judging planning applications. While some of these consultations are aimed in the first instance at ‘managing’ the existing Local Plan the results will play a role in the development and implementation of the new Local Plan. Accordingly the Trust considers these consultations similarly to that of the Local Plan itself.
Development Contributions SPD- https://consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/consult.ti/SPDs/consultationHome
For your reference, the documents EBC wish you to comment upon can be downloaded from the following links:
- Parking SPD - https://consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/1104066/61544453.1/PDF/-/Parking_SPD_draft_for_consultation.pdf and
- Developer Contributions SPD - https://consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/1102434/61338693.1/PDF/-/Draft_Development_Contributions_SPD__final.pdf
Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust
Cobham Heritage is pleased to announce the opening of its dedicated online shop.
Currently, we have a selection of books published by the Trust (including the recently published Cobham Remembers book) and hope to expand the products available over the coming year. We also plan to provide the option to purchase new Trust memberships and the renewal of existing memberships.
To purchase from the online shop, please visit shop.cobhamheritage.org.uk
We accept Paypal, Credit Cards and Debit Cards.
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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.
Become a Volunteer with Cobham Heritage
The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust is a local charity which relies on vounteers to help run the Trust, promote local history and conservation issues and organise fund raising events such as our annual Cobham Heritage Day. If you think you might like to join us, visit our Volunteer Vacancies page to find out which roles you might like to get involved with. We always try to make it fun.