Changes proposed – Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Changes to Surrey’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Interested in finding out what is going on and having your say?  look at the changes proposed 

Several Government departments and charities are working on changing the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in our area including around Cranleigh.  If you would like to know exactly where they are at the moment you can go to Surrey County Council’s interactive map and click (on the right) AONB. click here

It’s our right to find out what’s going on 

There is a public consultation running concerning extending the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Please read the supporting material first:

Defra – department for food and rural affairs – find information and links to a new consultation – click  here .

However,  for a quick look – 

AONB                    Proposed Cranleigh Waters extension


This area comprises the undulating farmland between the existing AONB and extends across the valley of Cranleigh waters from the A281 in the west to the B2128 in the east. It includes the settlements of Wonersh, Chilworth, Shamley Green and the hamlet of Burley Green as well as areas of former common including Run Common, Rushett Common, Lordshill Common, Norley Common, Wonersh Common and Shalford Common. In the north of the area are two distinctive greensand hill outliers namely Chinthurst and Bartlett Hills which share many of the qualities of the wider AONB greensand hills. In the central and southern areas there are long distance views to the wooded greensand hills of the wider AONB which visually contain the area and contribute to its scenic qualities.  P 17 and 18  (pdf slide 22 & 23) Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Landscape Designation Project Consultation Document

Geography: to have an accurate idea of where the areas suggested are-  maps –  please click here.

Getting your bearings

Heading out of Cranleigh towards Guildford the current boundary is east of the Cranleigh to Shamley Green and Wonersh road.  The suggested extension includes the Woodland Burial grounds opposite Santafir, down Run Common Road, includes East Whipley Lane, almost to Riding for Disabled at the end of Rowly Drive, and across to the A281. It includes Shamley Green and Wonersh and all the way to the eastern boundary of both Bramley and Shalford. It includes Chinthurst Hill and all of Chilworth.

You can have your say – about the whole scheme across Surrey

Please read, understand and comment to save some of our beautiful local fields from any more overdevelopment.  But bear in mind what isn’t there – so we are still vulnerable!

Complete the consultation – click here

If you have any questions or require further assistance or copies of the consultation pack you can:

  • E-mail at:
  • Phone Jonathan Dix on 0208 0265774. If no one is available, please leave a message and contact details and they will return your call.
  • Write to them at: Meg Johannessen, Natural England, 5th Floor, Northgate House, 21 – 23 Valpy Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1AF