Society Update – Cranleigh Primary School concerns continue

Society Update – Cranleigh Primary School concerns continue

All of Our Cranleigh Primary School’s future concerns continue

We are still beavering away as best we can –  after all the letters and emails sent to various people we asked you all to – thank you!  we have received the Officers’ responses and are examining all minutely for gaps in logic and care.

We feel under threat

We feel that Cranleigh is under threat from Surrey County council because they are willing and able to proceed with building a new school on their green fields – but they DO NEED to get planning permission from Waverley Borough Council to build around 90 & 17 dwellings on the old sites in order to part fund the new school and nursery.

They consulted with the right people?

There were invitations to various meetings and on line papers over the years – the issue is that everyone was lead to believe there was actually no choice – to get a new school and nursery we have to have all that new housing – they have done their figures – others have too and just don’t agree. It is clear that a new school could have been built in the grounds of the old one when the 2 sites first joined together!

They are sure they can persuade nearly all the children to walk to school

By creating a very congested set of roads the future is that we will all just walk and cycle – right? Little consideration then for those who have to deliver and collect from more that school or nursery every day, those who live further than 2 miles away – yes those are all meant to walk like our grandparents did – and those who depend on Grandparents and carers who come from far away.  A greener future can’t be created this way…..

Traffic and Safety issues

We know that all Primary school suffer with traffic issues, especially in September with the new intakes!  This scheme however does beggar belief!  Parsonage Road is where people have always parked, including the school buses – now add the cars and vans of those living in the new housing – and the increase in cycling – all to access a tucked away building behind housing on the Common – all of whom will be impacted by the noise and any anti-social behaviour too.

We are trying

Cranleigh Society representatives and councillors have been asked to attend a meeting – on line- soon and hope to represent your views so do write in and let us know details of your feelings – especially if you can “consult” with future parents of the schools and nursery.



We are so sorry to see so many people are having terrible trouble with fresh water supply – we suspect things can only get worse with this long – but beautiful! – drought.  Let’s find ways to clean and water thoughtfully – in the meantime Thames Water really do need to step up and tell us what is happening.

Tummy Bugs

Several people have had inexplicable tummy bugs very recently – from 48 hours to 3 or 4 days.  Could be water connected?  keep in touch

ACTION NOW – Creeping threats to Cranleigh?


Good Morning and May the Force Be With You!  (because it’s May the fourth!) We trust that you are all well? and thank all our paid up members  – we really appreciate your support.  For those of you who read these missives as well as our members – please remember – we are trying to help keep Cranleigh special…  fight unreasonable change and conserve what’s best about Cranleigh.

We want you to take action please – concerning the on going plans that Surrey County Council (SCC)  has to build a new Primary School on green fields. Please can you get your letters out today or tomorrow so that they arrive before the end of this week – of course Friday is a “Bank Holiday” – VE Day Please read on……

Background in brief – Surrey County Council owns Land in Cranleigh -both Longfields and that the schools are on – Glebelands and Cranleigh Primary (yes it has been bought from the Diocese) Cranleigh Infants and Acorns Nursery.  For many years SCC have had a plan to build a new Primary school on fields that Glebelands and other schools can and sometimes do use for sports.  If you have an enquiring mind please note that the submitted Cranleigh Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan includes provisions for further housing to be developed in Cranleigh at Longfields old people’s home (closed) 20; St NIcholas school 75; Cranleigh Infants school 15;  and that this goes with Waverley’s Local Plan part one.  So it appears that there is nothing we can do to stop the policies turning into realities – or is there?

Waverley planners and councillors rejected a planning permission submission to build houses on both schools’ sites.  Surrey CC will resubmit. We must keep vigilent.

Surrey CC have long since provided plans, on which they consulted as far back as 2011, to build a brand new large school on green fields. These are often waterlooged, they are sited behind residential housing along the Common (opposite the Curry Inn). To get to the new school will involve walking past the social Club and Bowls club (in the direction towards Guildford) They are on the school’s web site for viewing. Increases in housing, traffic and a weird tucked away access point are worrying us all.

And recently SCC have submitted elaborate changes to the new school plan – you can see them here – there are many documents to look at. 

Planning Application 2018/0138/SJ/WA/2018/2044  Waverley borough Council’s website – use the code from WA

Surrey County Council’s long term Plans to build new a primary school and nursery in Cranleigh on bare fields that are currently available for sports for pupils at Glebelands senior school, Cranleigh are challenged by us.  The updated NPPF of 2018 does not seem to have been taken into account.  The Environment Emergency declared by Surrey County Council, Waverley Borough Council and Cranleigh Parish Council have not been taken into account.

Cranleigh Society Requests a full review of the legitimacy and appropriateness of these plans – urgently required public consultation too – because the people who live here now just don’t know what is going on.  Also and very urgently we – 

 Request an Environmental Impact Assessment

With reference to the planning application WA/2018/2044, we all can write to complain that the latest communication from the Surrey County Council dated 27th April 2020 does not just provide us with ‘additional Information’ as indicated, but shows significant changes to the plans, including the appearance of the south elevation and the height of the school hall. This is very misleading, and another example of how the applicant is trying to avoid public scrutiny and push this proposal through at a time when the public is focused on COVID 19.

We request that an Environmental Impact Assessment be carried out immediately:

  • especially as the site is located between a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
  • This EIA should have been carried out when the Secretary of State first gave permission to build on the school playing fields in November 2015, but it was not.
  • Since then, the very serious implications of climate change have been recognized and need to be more fully considered in this application.
  • Due to the sensitive and vulnerable location of this site and the adverse environmental effects that will arise from covering this green field site with tarmac, concrete and an artificial football pitch, there is an urgent need to carry out a full and detailed EIA, taking into consideration all aspects of the development;
  • including noise pollution due to its close proximity to residential buildings.  The noise emanating from a 60 pupil nursery outdoor classroom, from the air-conditioning and from the vents of the kitchens will be quite considerable.

Caroline Smith <>

and copy our Councillors Paul Follows too  – Liz Townsend <>; Andrew Povey CLR <>; Cllr Angela Richardson <>; Tim Oliver <

Cranleigh needs you now – more housing planned – we MUST act today

Cranleigh is under severe threat from our own County Council. It seems this is news to many local residents. If you know please pass it on before it is too late. Surrey CC are trying to bulldoze their plans while we are unable to demonstrate our feelings.

To those of you who have done something – many thanks – but far too many people in our community are still unaware of the plans to devastate Cranleigh with 90 homes right in the centre of our village, on the land occupied by Cranleigh C of E school opposite Glebelands. The new school building is planned to be so inaccessible that parents and children face a long arduous walk behind housing with no nearby parking in all weathers. In fact the current lay-by parking will be severely affected because that is where the new housing is planned.

They should have completed an Environmental Impact Assessment. They have not. We believe your help is needed to ‘encourage’ them to do so NOW.

Surrey County Council have neglected Cranleigh C of E school building for 18 years. The roof leaks – children have been sitting in class with rain water collecting next to them for far too long. Rather than repair properly, Surrey CC have decided to build a new school on green field land that is known to flood. The new building is claimed to be a Beacon. Take a look at the plans here   It is an EYESORE. It has no natural space but an artificial surface. The classrooms are smaller than the current ones and the main hall is so small that assembly will have to be in two parts. Also lunch will be over at least 2 if not 3 sittings. The whole effect is cheap and nasty and Surrey want to sell the current land for housing to make a profit we believe.

Once again Cranleigh will suffer. So please email or write to Tim Oliver, the Surrey County Council Leader, our MP Angela Richardson, our County Councillor, Andrew Povey and our Borough and Parish Councillors, Liz Townsend and Paul Follows.

This needs to be Now. Please pass this on. Liz Townsend <>; Andrew Povey CLR <>; Cllr Angela Richardson <>; Tim Oliver <

Street Champions Network up and running, Cranleigh Primary School Petition renewed

Cranleigh Parish Council’s Street Champions Network is up and running – Good Morning!

Firstly we wish you all very well and hope that being at home is not proving too testing for you.  You may feel very concerned about going out at all.  Did you know that if you need something from the shops, or to talk to someone you can phone our Street Champions? To do so –  Either phone 0300 200 1008 – or Cranleigh Parish Council between 9:30 and 12:30 Monday to Friday on 01483 272311, or look for a leaflet through your door with a vetted person’s name and phone number on – your Street Champion – who lives very nearby to you and will help with anything you need. We are bracing ourselves for a full 12 weeks of being mostly unable to do things in the normal ways.  23rd March to …. probably mid June.

Secondly thank you so much for all your support of Cranleigh Civic Society – your membership payments mean that those of us who are carrying out the reading and meetings to speak up for you can pay for our annual insurance and the web site, plus any other costs we really need to cover.

Our 3 Councils are managing the work they do by staying at their homes and contacted each other for meetings via video on their computers. We can all do this as families and groups too.  Cranleigh Society are holding online, “Zoom” meetings to discuss issues that matter to all of us. The Government has a draft Act of Parliament allowing legal proceedings to take place remotely including planning permission meetings’ decisions.   We will try to find out how this is being interpreted and used going forwards.

The pressing issue that was left high and dry is the state of Cranleigh Primary School and the project Surrey CC has to pull it down, build houses on the land and build a brand new school on fields behind housing on the Common (opposite Curry Inn).  Before the “lock down” Cranleigh Society launched  a petition to stop all this and get the current building urgently repaired.  After a couple of weeks the allowed petition was taken down because it breached some planning rules or other!  We didn’t even get the list of 200 or so people who had signed it sent to us.

We have now launched a new petition appealing to SCC to simply repair the old school urgently, ready for September. you can see and sign HERE

There are many Websites to help people share information about which shops, pubs and restaurants are doing delivery services.  One place to find out is the “Destination Cranleigh” and their Facebook Page – you can access it HERE

Waverley BC are also trying to help people with information on their web site – you can see this HERE

We feel enormous gratitude to the local shops where we can get everything we need – for example – shops that are open are Fishmonger, baker, butcher, chemist and For Earth’s Sake (10am to 2pm) fresh organic vegetables, all sorts of basic foods, plus store cupboard items including cleaning materials.  Also the newsagent towards the Common is selling fresh vegetables and you may know of a few other Champion shops supporting us all – including providing home delivery services. Do comment bleow.

We are all being urged to make a routine and try to stick to it. to get jobs done, speak to family and friends by phone and video, including Grandchildren, and try to get fitter rather than fatter!  We are now being advised to only do one weekly shop and to attend our mental wellbeing too – taking time to appreciate what we value, love and enjoy. We are trying very hard to spend some time every day valuing what we have.  We don’t know when and if we will see all our family and good friends again, but we all have trust that “We will meet again!”

ON Thursdays we have found out how to access YouTube and see our National Theatre Live productions from 7pm – all for free.  You can access the page HERE

stay safe, do keep in touch and let us know your concerns and if we can help we will

best regards to all

Let’s Help Each Other

Let’s Help Each Other – how?
If you are willing and able to help others who are either “Self isolating” or staying on their own because they have an illness of any kind, please write out postcards and put them through the doors of neighbours:

Suggested wording as follows

Hello! If you are self isolating, I can help.

My name is…….

I live locally at…….

My phone number is……..

I can help with: picking up shopping (or ordering on line), a friendly phone call, posting mail, urgent supplies.

Just call or text me and I’ll do my best to help you ( of course for free).

Coronavirus-COVID19- is a contagious new virus. No one is immune. Some people who catch it are very poorly. Avoid physical contact staying about 6 feet (2 metres) away from all other people. Wash your hands often for 20 seconds, rinse and dry thoroughly too. Items should be left on your doorstep. If you become poorly the symptoms are a persistent cough and high temperature, stay in the warm, phone someone if you want help and advice- You can call me.