Cobham Free School has announced they have found another site on which to build a new school in place of the abandoned plan to build on Chippings Farm.
Unfortunately it is still on Green Belt land alongside Anvil Lane behind the Leg O'Mutton field. Here is a link to a map:- Anvil Lane Map, the field to the left is the area proposed we believe.
There will be more news on this soon. In the meantime you can read the CFS press release here www.cobhamfreeschool.org.uk/news/cfs-secures-permanent-site-for-senior-dept
We would like to draw your attention to this latest planning application at Norwood Farm which is close to Chippings Farm on the Portsmouth Road.
Proposal: Construction of new rural business centre, conversion of existing stable building to B1 office use, alterations to existing green keeper building and construction of new green keeper building on footprint of existing buildings (2,766 sq.m net increase)
Location: Norwood Farm Buildings, Old Common Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BS
Application Number: 2014/1993
It is described as "a rural business centre". It is in the Green Belt and what is proposed is, in fact, a commercial office development of 2,766 sq. metres (30,000 sq. feet) – a large development with 65 or more car park spaces and up to 200 employees. Our community needs to ask whether there is any case for this large development in the Green Belt on what was a farm and consider the wider implications.
There is at present a varied collection of farm buildings. Will the proposed new development have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing buildings? Undoubtedly, as current permitted use takes in green management for the Burhill Golf Course (with storage of machinery for that which will be dislocated) and very small-scale artisan and equine use. The Applicant states that only 17 employees are currently involved.
The access will be via Elvedon Road off and onto Portsmouth Road. The location is far from reliable or convenient public transport and to discourage car use the Applicant proposes a shuttle bus to and from Esher Station at peak times and to Esher at lunch time. But employees will commute from other directions and how long before employees supposed to use a bus took to their cars? The Cobham Green Belt (CGB) group believes there would be heavy additional vehicle use, adding to local traffic, not only from that but also from numerous regular deliveries and visitors.
There would be no benefit to the local Cobham community, just loss of amenity. The proposals would significantly affect the amenities of the residential occupiers of Norwood Farmhouse, who are at present in a rural situation but could potentially have a full scale office development on their doorstep.
The CGB group believes that this Application for a significant development contravenes the objects of the Green Belt. If permitted it could set a dangerous precedent. The CGB group will be writing to the Planning Department at Elmbridge objecting. It would ask members to also write objecting if they can.
This application comes at a time when Cargills have notified a change (as new regulations entitle them to) of use of their extensive premises at Knowle Hill Park, off the Fairmile Lane, from business to residential in the form of 21 flats, indicating a lack of business demand. These premises are not dissimilar in size to what the Applicant looks to add in the Norwood Farm proposals.
A plan to remove 15 Surrey villages from the green belt is to be put forward for public consultation after being agreed by Guildford Council earlier this week.
See the full article at: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-27943072
There has been some news regarding the Chippings Farm Development.
Although we have had no official notification, we have received the strongest of indications that the Chippings farm development of 500 houses and a free school is now unlikely to proceed to planning application and we therefore now await any revised proposals for the free school.
In the meantime we remain ready to support the fight against the Wisley Airfield proposed development of in excess of 2,000 houses and to protect Cobham's green belt.
Thank you for all your interest and support; this remains key to us and to any successes we might achieve.