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On this page you can read about about the CDRA, how to contact us, the Executive Committee and some of our current activities and our recent actions on Planning.

CDRA is a voluntary, non-political organisation working on behalf of the residents of Cobham and Downside. The aim of the association is to ensure that residents have a strong meaningful voice on matters that have an impact on their community.

If you would like to help us make a difference, we are always looking for enthusiastic local residents to join our committee.  Get in touch to find out what this would involve.  Our contact details are near the top right hand side of this screen.

To achieve our objectives and to maximise the benefits of the association we need both active support and input from you, the local resident. Having campaigned on major issues in the past our current and future intention is to ensure that Cobham and Downside remains intact for future generations. There are many aspects of our local society on which we all have opinions - all matters that affect the local community receive our attention. Specifically we address matters relating to:

Planning ~ Highways ~ Environment ~ Amenities ~ Policing ~ Youth Services ~ Health Services 


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CDRA Executive Committee

Sue Kilpatrick          Chairman, Planning
Wendy Whitaker      Hon Treasurer
Sandy Brook            Hon Secretary, Website
Renny Kyle              Membership Secretary
Ian Clifford               Environment & Amenities
Rosemary Bailey     Newsletter
Mike Dawes             Transport
Des Magill
Gerald Stanford
Anne Bryant
Jill Newman
Susan Brown,
Vanessa Brown
Dilip Mathew
Sumi Sarma
Denise Stanczyk
Steve Wood


Aerial Photo of St Andrews Church Cobham

CDRA Activities 

To illustrate the range of the CDRA's activities, here are some of the topics that were under consideration in our January 2018 committee meeting. They are in no special order:

  • 106 Hogshill Lane - application for extension
  • White Lodge, Hogshill Lane - Application for 2 detached houses
  • 1 Spencer Road - Application for extension
  • M25 MSA - Application for additional HGV hard standing
  • 1-7 Holly Parade - Status of development
  • Barclays Bank - Application for extension for a restaurant
  • 26-38 High Street - applicaiton for 3 single storey houses & 2flats in 2-storey building behind shops
  • Changes on the High Street
  • Guildford Local Plan
  • Surrey County Council budget
  • CIL funding application by CCHT for 3 local paths
  • CIL funding applications by Cobham Health Centre Patient Participation Group for 2 projects
  • Epsom & St Helier Hospital Trust future plans for 2020-2030
  • Surrey Police consultation re precept for 2018-19
  • 30-mph trial on Stoke Road
  • A3/M25 Improvements - refinements to proposals
  • New restrictions at Re-Cycling Centres
  • Parking of cars displaying blatant advertising 
  • Changes to layout of carpark at Cobham Centre for the Community
  • Update on Free Schools in and around Cobham
  • Restoration of Curtain Pond
  • Status on improvement plans for The Avenue of Remembrance
  • Plans for Spring newsletter & AGM meeting
Painshill Waterwheel

CDRA's Action on Planning

Some applications the CDRA has objected to in recent months: 
  • Extension to 48 High Street, Cobham (The Ivy Restaurant) following removal of five existing parking spaces etc.  
  • 53 age-restricted flats in two blocks replacing The Glashaus, 74 Portsmouth Road, Cobham (refused & at appeal)
  • Two storey extension at 29 Stoke Road, Cobham
  • Development behind 49/51 High Street
  • Drive-thru coffee shop at the M25 Motorway Service Area
  • Extension in Elm Grove Road
  • New development at bottom of a garden in Sandy Lane
  • Extension to Barclays Bank for a restaurant & loss of parking
  • Extension to 1 Spencer Road (withdrawn & revised)
  • Extension to 106 Hogshill Lane
  • Extension to 121 Portsmouth Road
  • Site access for building underground parking at White Lion development
  • 70-bed care home at Painshill Farm
  • Petrol station and convenience store at San Domenico, Portsmouth Road
  • 1-7 Holly Parade re-development
  • 11 Icklingham Road - new, much larger house in place of existing (Refused. Smaller house submitted)

The CDRA submitted a detailed objection in response to the consultation in early 2017 on the new Local Plan and the Green Belt proposals. We combined with other local organisations to highlight the issues to residents and to assist them to respond.

A full list of planning applications can be seen at www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/online.htm

CDRA representatives regularly attend Elmbridge Planning Meetings as spectators and our Planning Officer has spoken at the Planning Sub-Committee Meetings on a number of occasions on behalf of residents against a planning application.

CDRA representatives have attended workshops held by Elmbridge Borough Council to contribute to the development of the latest planning policies and framework.

The CDRA, CCHT and Chamber of Commerce have jointly set up the Cobham Green Belt Group to promote and encourage the retention of the Green Belt in and around Cobham, keeping local people informed about Green Belt issues.