Archive for the ‘Planning’ Category

Planning Policy: Saving Our Green Environment

by Roger Abbott on 15 November, 2017

I have asked Councillor Margaret Cooksey, our Mole Valley planning spokesperson, to post this entry to our website:   The somewhat flawed but very important first consultation process for the new Local Plan has now concluded and the results are being analysed. The consultation, based on the disputed requirement to build nearly 6,000 additional new […]

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Brockham Oil Update

by Roger Abbott on 18 March, 2017

For some time I have been becoming more and more suspicious of what Angus Energy were up to on the site at Feltons Farm. Around Christmas I decided to find out exactly what they had permission to do and sought copies of their licences. The email response on 4th January 2017 from Samantha Murphy, Principal […]

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Housing in Rural Surrey: Affordable or Otherwise

by Roger Abbott on 7 March, 2017

The term “affordable housing” has always been a nonsense. I suspect it was invented by Alistair Campbell (or one of Blair’s other spin doctors) to cover over the fact that local councils had been forced to sell off all their housing stock for a pittance. Since then the term has been abused by just about […]

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The Green Belt And Why It Is Important

by Roger Abbott on 12 November, 2016

For my first entry to this blog, maybe I should say something about the Green Belt and why it is so important to me. In my youth,I lived in a village where, because of the acute post-war housing shortage, huge numbers of houses were built on land that was then similar to the Green Belt […]

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Liberal Democrat Roger Abbott is calling for Surrey County Council to carry out a full geological survey to understand the sources of groundwater flooding threats to Brockham & Betchworth. Please sign his petition. He says, “The risk of flooding continues to be a major concern in parts of our villages. A large element of this […]

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Mole Valley set to drop Green Belt review?

by Mike Ward on 27 October, 2014

Mole Valley District Council’s Green Belt review looks set to be dropped following a recent debate on a motion to stop it. The motion itself was withdrawn but the Executive member responsible indicated that he was minded to cease work on it, saying “the potential requirement for Green Belt land appeared to be less than […]

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County Council allows composting at Swires Farm

by Mike Ward on 29 July, 2014

Unfortunately the County Council’s Planning Committee has approved the application for composting at Swires Farm. This over-rides the objections of Mole Valley District Council and many local residents. See here for more detail. Councillor Stephen Cooksey, who represents residents in Blackbrook Road north of the Henfold Lane railway bridge argued for refusal at the meeting […]

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More Green Belt sites under review

by Mike Ward on 1 June, 2014

400 new houses and new school for Beare Green? New sites also proposed for Capel, Charlwood & Hookwood New sites are being included in Mole Valley’s Green Belt Review. Formal consultation is expected to start on these sites on Monday 9 June and will run until 21 July. So if you have views it’s important […]

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Farming sunshine in Beare Green?

by Mike Ward on 8 January, 2014

TGC Renewables, a renewable energy firm, is showing interest in developing a solar farm on land at Crackerbarrel Farm in Beare Green. The plan is to build banks of solar panels, known as a ‘solar array’ on farmland either side of the Capel Bypass (A24), just south of Beare Green Roundabout. The panels would face […]

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Cherkley costs rise as Council ignores public opinion

by Mike Ward on 27 December, 2013

Mole Valley District Council has decided to carry on with its legal action defending its decision to grant planning permission for a golf course at Cherkley Court rather than leaving the legal action to the developers. This decision was taken in the face of a petition signed by over 700 people expressing strong opposition and […]

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