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Below is the latest news we have on some important local matters. Visit our News page for some other current and recent items that may be of interest to you. If you missed our latest emailed bulletins to members you can see the most recent by clicking: June Bulletin, July Bulletin, September Bulletin.
There were approximately 3,800 responses to the Elmbridge Borough Council Strategic Options consultation on the Local Plan, which closed at the end of February. We hope you had your say regarding the proposal to remove two large areas of land in the Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott areas from the Green Belt and about other aspects of the draft Local Plan.
The Council published a position paper in July, which is available here, and a summary of the consultation responses which you can read here. Further documents on the background and progress on this topic are available on Elmbridge’s Strategic Options consultation page.
The Council has stated that: “The Government’s proposals to change national planning policy in areas could affect the approach taken by the Council in preparing its new Local Plan. In particular, the proposed changes to assessing housing needs and the introduction of tests as to when there are exceptional circumstances to amend Green Belt will require the Council to prepare additional studies. Therefore, the Council must await the details of the proposed consultations as featured in the Housing White Paper before moving forward.”
Consultation on a more detailed Preferred Approach Local Plan is thus unlikely until early 2018.
The CDRA and other local groups will continue to work together on this topic and hope to contribute further to the formulation of the Plan. Our combined endeavours are being channelled via the Cobham Green Belt Group. Organisations that are represented on this Group include, as well as the CDRA, the CCHT, Stoke D’Abernon RA, Fedora for Oxshott and Save Cobham Green Belt. You can register at www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk to receive newsletters about issues and developments which may affect the Green Belt in and around Cobham and for background and latest news on the Green Belt Review.
The avenue of cherry trees on The Tilt was created in 1946 in memory of those from Cobham who lost their lives in World War II. The CCHT has an excellent article at www.cobhamheritage.co.uk about the history of this Avenue of Remembrance, with the names of all those commemorated.
The Avenue has declined in the last few years as the trees reach the end of their natural lifespan. Replacements haven't thrived and there are gaps in the Avenue.
Elmbridge Borough Council has developed draft proposals for the future of the Avenue of Remembrance which they have discussed with local Borough Councillors and with representatives from key local stakeholder groups, including the CDRA. The Council has prepared a report on the proposals, taking into acount feedback received so far. No decision has yet been made. A consultation with local residents is now underway, with views sought by the end of September. Visit consultation for further details and to submit your response.
The Council is holding community drop-in sessions about the plans for the future of the cherry trees. These will be at Cobham Library from 5pm-7pm on Tuesday 19th September and at Cobham Farmers' Market from 9am-2.30pm on Saturday 23rd September. You can find out more about the proposals at these sessions and give your views.