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Claygate Countryside

40 Acre Field Claygate Planning!

It is with great trepidation that I write an article about 40 Acre Field as it is indeed a complicated and controversial subject for the residents of Claygate and the respectable owners or renters of this plot of Green Belt land. This blog is to provide a clearer picture to the edited version that has […]

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Elmbridge government Environment Planning

Planning Compliance

One of the four key goals for the new Liberal Democrat/Residents administration was the improvement in planning enforcement. Two measures have already been put in place: to ensure a more communicative service; and, the redrafting of the Elmbridge’s Planning Enforcement Charter in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The borough is to rename […]

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Elmbridge government Planning Representation

9,450 new homes – what’s your view?

Elmbridge’s Green Belt is under threat from the national government.  It tells the public that it will protect the Green Belt, but privately Westminster puts pressure on local government saying that boroughs must, from 2018, release the Green Belt for housing development if their local plan is older than 2012. Elmbridge’s local plan was published […]

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Planning Representation

Protecting the Green Belt – Building more Homes

Why is Elmbridge Reviewing the Green Belt? The answer is simple – the national government has changed planning law and Elmbridge has to respond to the various changes. This costs money and effort which could otherwise be used to improve or extend services or reduce council tax for the people of Elmbridge but unlike like […]

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Cobham Ditton Hersham Planning Transport Walton Weybridge

Adverts on Roundabouts

Are you keen on having advertisements on our roundabouts in Elmbridge because you you see no harm in them? Or are you dead against them because they impoverish our beautiful borough? A number of proposals have already been withdrawn.  You can see what is proposed by clicking on a roundabout near you. Sainsburys, Portsmouth Road, […]

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Cobham Planning

White Lion Hotel

Proposals for this key site in Cobham have been around for a number of years. This evening members of the West Area Planning Committee were presented with a planning application for the conversion of the White Lion Hotel into flats, the demolition of the Cobham Lodge Hotel and the erection of 50 dwellings on the […]

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Planning

RTPI awards Elmbridge’s Planning Services

Planning Services team has been ‘highly commended’ in the Local Authority Team of the Year category at the 2015 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Planning Excellence Awards on Monday 6 July. The demand for planning services in Elmbridge has increased rapidly in recent years.  Yet the resources available to deal with such growth has been […]

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Environment Planning Walton

Elmbridge Sport hub EIA

After the decision by the full Planning Committee regarding the sports hub, we have now received the outcome from the Secretary Of State regarding the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and he has decided that an EIA is required.  The essence of what the Secretary Of State said is: “Whilst this is a […]

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Business Environment Leisure Town Centre

Côte Brasserie comes to Weybridge

The restaurant chain has applied for planning permission to combine two shops: Sevenoaks Sound and Vision and the Nail Company beauty salon into one to provide a larger retail unit.  One of the problems for Weybridge has been the lack of larger retail units, so that combining neighbouring units might be a way forward – […]

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Parking Planning Safety

Grotto Pub Site

Many of you will know of the Grotto Pub Site.  It was my local when I moved here over thirty years ago. On Monday next a planning application (2015/2042) will be presented for the demolition of the pub and the building of nine one-bedroom flats. There will be no provision for cars on the site […]