You are needed to respond!!! to CRANLEIGH’s NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN!

You are needed to respond!!! to CRANLEIGH’s NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN!

You are needed to respond!!!! to Cranleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan!

it’s the final draft and now it’s up to the public to agree it – our councillors have done the work as required by the Government.  Thame was first some years ago – now it’s our turn at last!

Go to Cranleigh Parish Council website, click on Neighbourhood Plan, then look right and click on 19.02.06 – Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan – Reg 14 Version Amended

****EXCITING NEWS**** Cranleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan has reached a formal stage (Regulation 14). The plan is available via link below for you to look through (right hand side of the page – The Draft Neighbourhood Plan (Reg 14) button). **WE NEED YOU** to let us know what you think about anything whatsoever in the plan. No comment too small or too large!

There is a Comments form (Word and pdf version available via the Your Comments (Reg 14) button on the website) which can be filled in and emailed to or print it off and drop the completed form into the Council offices on Village Way, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AF, or you can post it to us.

Cranleigh Parish Council  is also having a drop in session on Thursday 07 March 2019 in the Village Hall from 9.00am through to 8.00pm if you want to chat things through with us.

This is where we came in folks – 9 Oct 2014 – CCS inaugural meeting because the NP process was not helping –  But now it may be possible to stop further dramatic changes.

Cranleigh Society News

Cranleigh Society News

Cranleigh Society News 9 Feb 2019

Firstly – Social –  join us at The Three Horseshoes pub on Monday 11th Feb, any time from 6.30pm – let’s share a drink, chat and action plans too. There is always an option to buy meals or snacks too. 

Next – Cranleigh Society asks – What would YOU say and want to know from Waverley if you were sitting in a room with their undivided attention?  Our next meeting is coming up.

Soon – What would YOU ask MP Anne Milton when she next comes to Cranleigh?  Flood forum – Friday 22nd March  10.30am Band Room – VERY Important YOU attend. We will provide information sheets and hope to sort out the lack of microphones by then for the Band Room. Let us have your worries and questions please.

Surrey County Council consultations – so here’s the thing – our democracy requires many things such as hard working officers working for the community and elected Councillors, such as consultations – when they get to points where they can see a large impact on communities – and they have to count them and take their views into account. So if we don’t write in etc. we don’t count!!! Please go onto the Website for Surrey County Council consultations and read what they have put up. BTW – if ever you can’t – please go to the library and ask for help with the computers there – it’s your right and this too could be taken away if not used enough.

Cranleigh Parish Council – all public are welcome to their meetings – and there is a moment in those meetings when the councillors are free to discuss matters more openly when the public are excluded – reasonably. Local planning applications are considered by members of the Planning Committee on a three weekly basis.  The Planning List of planning applications to be considered by the Committee is displayed at the Council Offices. Look at their web site – meetings for dates – they change!

There are twelve Parish Councillors who take an active part in village life and who are elected to represent the community. The Council has adopted a Business Plan for the period 2019 – 2023 which can be viewed here.  CPC looks after many amenities – Snoxhall fields, village Hall, Cemetery, Allotments, and also lists information about ROAD CLOSURES, REPORTING FLOODING, DEFIBRILLATOR, FIRST RESPONDERS.

Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan is up for reading and commenting up – please see their web site – click the top tab Neighbourhood plan, then Draft, then Regulation 14 consultation!


Thank you for reading this far – please do join in

News! January 2019

News! January 2019

News! January 2019

NEXT CRANLEIGH SOCIETY SOCIAL – 11TH FEB from 6.30, Three Horseshoes. do join in any time –

Cranleigh Parish Council – have agreed some aspects of the planning application by Cranleigh School (Private) – we thought the land opposite Nottcuts was protected by the Neighbourhood Plan? Comments Please. They are not agreeing with the housing opposite Nottcuts apparently.  phew!

Surrey County Council have allowed Farnham to keep their Recycling centre (tip).  Cranleigh’s Recycling centre will remain open for recycling for now –  They will no longer accept ‘black bag’ waste, the waste that goes to landfill. This is how they intend to make enough savings to continue to keep Cranleigh recycling centre open. This will be monitored over the next 6 months but they were confident that enough saving could be made to keep our centre open.

Waverley and Cranleigh society – meetings to continue – what are you most concerned about at the moment?

FLOOD FORUM with Anne Milton MP – next one is soon – so please tell us if you have knowledge of sewerage coming up where it shouldn’t or flooding or other water issues.

RIVER FLY Lavae counts  – we have had some training so help is always welcome.  Thank you for offering, we will be in touch soon.

RIVER TIDYING – we need to find out more about this – we have been told that fallen branches etc. may be good in certain areas and NOT to remove them please.

RIVER QUALITY – our team will contact those who have shown interest soon, thank you


Trees & Waverley’s planning enforcement rules……

Trees & Waverley’s planning enforcement rules……

The Council has received a number of requests for Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) in the countryside adjoining Cranleigh, due to the current pressure for housing delivery that may potentially endanger old trees and their wildlife. The council says it is therefore taking an equitable approach to such requests. The Council are liaising with larger scale developers and land owners to work towards providing sustainably planned development.  

It is not in the developers’ best interests to undertake pre-emptive felling as this will not expedite planning permission. Those at Waverley do not believe this is a practice associated with potential development sites of the size referred to that have been put forward for consideration. n.b. equitable means fair in law.

Waverley’s website about planning enforcement says:-

“What does not constitute a breach in planning?? ………

The following examples do not breach planning control:

  • vehicles parked on the road or on grass verges (unless this is associated with the unauthorised use of a property) 
  • running a small business from home 
  • clearing land of undergrowth, bushes or trees (not covered by a Tree Preservation Order)….”

However the removal of a hedgerow can be an offence under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 (unless formal notification etc) but according to Waverley clearance of undergrowth, bushes or trees will not be (unless covered by a TPO) !

The concern about protection of trees, hedgerows and wildlife is not ours alone. Many local residents are greatly concerned. Unless protections are put in place, it takes only minutes to fell a tree (or indeed the trunk of a dead tree which is providing habitats for many species of wildlife and roosting places for birds) or to disturb hedgerows, even if the developers say they are working towards ‘sustainably planned development’. Replacement of old and ancient large trees with small saplings means the wildlife has no where to go whilst the trees are growing.

It has already been pointed out what the terrible results at Little Meadow -down Alfold Road near The One Stop have been. Magnificent large trees were felled and hedgerows ripped out to simply be replaced with ugly and non wildlife friendly boarded fences!!! They maybe easy to maintain but we believe they should NOT be allowed. The previously cited the offence under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 is in place but

a. we gather that it is not an offence if appropriate notification is given – how do local residents know what is happening in this regard before it happens??? and 

b. how would we know if the developers merely say they are clearing undergrowth, bushes or trees (unless covered by a TPO)

When chain saws start it is too late for us to do anything about it!!!

We need to protect existing trees and hedgerows!!! – please help us to pursuade Waverley planners to reconsider its position re imposition of TPO’s on the numerous trees which should be protected now that the planning application has indeed been made – WA/2018/2074- Cranleigh School’s application opposite Notcutts

” Land Centred Coordinates 504755 139827 East Side, Guildford Road, Surrey- Erection of 40 dwellings (including 14 affordable dwellings) with new vehicular accesses and associated works”

YOU CAN add your thoughts on Waverley’s website




They are proposing to close the Cranleigh Recycling Plant 

– Do you want to drive to Witley with YOUR Rubbish ?

The Council has already carried out one Consultation on their Recycling Centres Plan (Rubbish Tips) and in all 3 Alternatives they proposed to close the Cranleigh Centre.

That Consultation finished on January 4, 2019. However they held a Cabinet Meeting on December 18, 2018 to finalise their proposed Waste Plans,

so they obviously did not take into account some of your comments on closing our tip.

It is important that you now send your comments on the proposed Surrey Waste Plans.

So please look at their Plan on :

The deadline for sending your comments is February 24, 2019.

Please send your comments by email to :

or by post to : Waste Planning Policy, Room 385, County Hall, Kingston. KT1 2DW.

PLEASE make your points on how our Waste Policy should be protected, in this time of massive Council cuts.