Elmbridge is lucky to have twenty four Conservation Areas of which four are in Cobham. Each of these areas afford local residents and the wider community increased protection from the planning agenda and help ensure that we retain and enhance those local areas which are in some way “special”. This designation places a statutory duty of care upon Elmbridge who need to ensure that their character and appearance are protected and that future development makes a positive contribution. Equally, there is a responsibility placed upon residents in such areas to ensure the same.
The protection, enhancement and development of Conservation Areas is at the heart of the agenda and rationale of the CCHT. To date our work in the Conservation Areas has focused around ensuring we keep abreast of change in the Conservation Areas but we want to increase our focus on the Conservation Areas – we want to find ways of ensuring we both retain them and enhance them and use them to best effect within the local community. However, to do this we will need your help.