Cranleigh High Street updates

Cranleigh High Street updates

Cranleigh Civic Society was part of the consulation team

regarding the High Street development scheme – the scheme was developed by Surrey County Council to ensure Cranleigh gains some benefits from the tax money that developers have to pay. (S106, CIL etc).

So were a group of people able to explain how enhancements can be made to help those who find walking difficult and traffic overwhelming – SMART Cranleigh.

The scheme and its consultations were advertised on this web site and Surrey’s.  Our strong opposition to several aspects of it were, at first, acknowledged and Surrey County Council declared that they would adjust the works accordingly.  Since then some people in Cranleigh have lobbied SCC to spend more time and money on investigations and consultations too.

The latest news is that SCC have sent letters to residents explaining what they will and won’t do and what they may consider – and why:

Can all the aims be met?  

make Cranleigh more attractive and inviting to enjoy – ideal for resting, socialisng and for outdoor events;

support the local economy by encouraging people to stay longer in the village centre and make full use of the shops, cafes and services;

tackle climate change;

support physical and mental wellbeing – by making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport.

How would you suggest these 4 outcomes should and could be met? 

For a couple of hours each end of every weekday hundreds of cars make their way across Cranleigh, and it takes an extra ten to twenty minutes to drive through.   We presume this is due to the increased numbers of people living and working in Cranleigh, including increasing numbers of care workers for our aging population in their own homes.

Surrey County Council will no longer remove the mini roundabout at Village Way, or pedestrianise the Post Office slip road.

They won’t remove the bus laybys.  More surveys are being done. 

Fountain Square will be changed making it closed to traffic from Friday to Sunday and bank holidays. Access to Onslow Mews will be maintained at all times.

The will improve the Obelisk junction, including a new pedestrian crossing point.

Thye have a new working party that doesn’t include Cranleigh Society or SMART Cranleigh.

The group may include the following ideas:

flooding issues along the High Street

pavements more suitable for pedestrains

speed tables

Knowle Lane junction improvements.

So there you have it –

Matt Furniss is the person who has led the Placemaking team and you can email them at

or write to Placemaking team, Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford, Wodking, Surrey, GU22 7QQ. or call 03456 009 009.

Matt Furniss is the Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Economic Growth


Stocklund Square is privately owned – a planning application is in

Stocklund Square is privately owned – a planning application is in

Planning Application number is WA/2024/00769 – On Waverley Borough Council’s website, Planning.

Stocklund Square is privately owned and managed, and the company is interested in gaining planning permission to install new glass space, maybe for seating and a cafe, plus toilets.

In principle Cranleigh Society can’t see any valid planning reasons to object as the current arrangement is certainly both jaded and lacking in character.

The design for the new buildings seems to be in keeping with the area and acknowledges the original station buildings which were there previously.

The concept allows views through the new buildings so that the existing shop premises are not hidden from view.

An improved pedestrian area with planting and new seating would create a more welcoming space rather than be just a pedestrian route between the car park and Sainsburys. The proposed canopy over the existing shops is also an improvement.

The proposals do not appear to conflict with the general upgrading of the High Street currently being discussed.

In the developer’s statement they say that the Chamber of Commerce and the Council have been consulted  but they do not mention the existing shop tenants.

Please do tell Cranleigh Society your views and also go onto Waverley’s site to make your feelings known.


Cranleigh Parish Council AGM last week & Leisure Centre consultation

Cranleigh Parish Council AGM last week & Leisure Centre consultation

Parish Council AGM – Thursday 7th March 2024

It was an interesting evening in Cranleigh Village Hall

Parish Council’s work

A few Parishioners turned out to listen to the report of the past year from Chairman Marc Scully. When looking at the list of projects and maintenance that the councillors considered and decided about it is no wonder they find it quite a tough job!  It includes all planning applications in the area, being consulted with about all big projects such as the Surrey County Council’s High street improvements, Waverley Borough Council’s plans for Cranleigh Leisure Centre, and continuing work on Cranleigh Neighbourhood plan,  and the LCWIP – local cycling and walking plans!

The King’s Coronation – Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie’s visit to Cranleigh

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Michael More-Molyneux

Mr More-Molyneux and his wife attended the meeting to represent the King because of the welcome Cranleigh gave royal visitors on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s coronation. Mr More-Molyneux took along a beautiful plaque to commemorate the Royal Visit of Prince Edward and his wife Duchess Sophie. The plaque is to be displayed publicly for all to see.  He presented it to a member of the audience who received it on behalf of Cranleigh Community.  It was rather a special moment. He has lived in the county of Surrey all his life. Loseley Park has been the residence of the More-Molyneux family for over five centuries.

Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan –  it’s a good thing

Neighbourhood plans are to empower locals to have a say in where housing can be built.  Ewhurst recently voted for theirs.  Part of the Parish Council’s work this last year is to bring Cranleigh Neighbourhood plan to Referendum status – achieved – but currently suspended by a legal challenge – the reason for which is not allowed to be published – the challenger must be protected.  However it should be heard by the high court this month with any luck, then arrangements made to vote YES and adopt not long after.  It is a good plan with only a few areas of Cranleigh to be built on, and many protections and enhancements.  If and when building does occur at least the amount of CIL money (developer’s contributions) will be higher.

High Street plans are nothing to do with the Neighbourhood plan.  

The connection with High Street plans is simply that developers’ contributions must be identified at planning permission stage – so as far back as 2017 in some cases.  The Parish and Borough council asked for money to upgrade Cranleigh High Street and that money can only be spent on the agreed projects.  There are further surveys being carried out including speed surveys along the High Street. You will notice cables fixed across the road.

Cranleigh Leisure Centre presentation by Architects and Waverley officers

Another project has been to work with Waverley Borough Council to bring about plans for Cranleigh Leisure centre to be replaced by an amazing Passivhaus pool with many studios and other rooms for various uses.

It has been a long time in the planning

So that the current leisure centre doesn’t close the councillors and officers decided on the plan to build the new one in the centre of the car park, and only take down the old one when the new one is up and running.  The old one will then be taken away and car parking put in place. The sticky issue is this – parking!  firstly during the build and secondly afterwards when the business plan states that many more people will be attracted to use the centre!  Waverley urgently need sensible suggestions to answer this problem.  But also hope many people will walk and cycle whatever the weather or time of year. The plans do not include squash courts or much viewing area for swimming. There is no provision for squash courts despite squash now being an Olympic sport, and a much smaller viewing area for swimming – both of which were challenged at the meeting.

The consultation is 15th and 16th March, and on line.

Cranleigh Village Hall 2pm till 7pm Friday and Cranleigh Leisure Centre 10am till 1pm on Saturday.

Have your say by 22nd March!  web site – click here – – email –


Cranleigh High Street plans – find out what Surrey County Council is saying

Cranleigh High Street plans – find out what Surrey County Council is saying

Cranleigh Society asked Surrey County Council and Cranleigh Parish Council for

updates concerning the High Street plans – money Cranleigh deserves and needs. 

Surrey County Council says – 

‘The plans exhibited at the public engagement event in November ’23 are now moving to a detailed design phase. We will be taking into account some of the feedback we received as the plans are developed by a team of Highway Engineers over the next 3-10 months. During detailed design we will be undertaking further modelling of the Village way junction to ensure accurate representation of current traffic flows, and undertaking a pedestrian survey which will look at the use of each of the ‘middle pedestrian islands’ along the High Street and Rowland Road.

We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website : If you have not done so already, please do visit our site, enter your email address to be kept updated.’

‘Works are expected to take six months. It will be carried out in phases, to avoid other works in the area where possible. Please note that the timeframes listed below are subject to change:

  • Construction Phase 1 – Horseshoe Lane – Spring 2024 – Spring 2024
  • Construction Phase 2 – Obelisk – Jan 2025 – Spring 2025
  • Construction Phase 3 – High Street – Spring 2025 – Summer 2025′

n.b. The Horseshoe Lane roundabout is not part of the High Street project.

Cranleigh Parish Council has no news about a public meeting yet.

For the record – Cranleigh Society does not agree with the removal of the mini roundabout at Village Way and we have made this clear to the councils.  This is historic as more accidents happened there before its installation.  It’s difficult to know if modern research is correct, but this is the view of the committee and many members. We also have very serious reservations and concerns about many of the other ‘improvements’, such as bus laybys and pedestrian refuges and have expressed these clearly through the official channels.

Cranleigh High Street proposals 8 & 9 November Arts Centre 3-8pm

Cranleigh High Street proposals 8 & 9 November Arts Centre 3-8pm

Cranleigh High Street Improvements plans

Surrey County Council and Councillor Liz Townsend, want to create a safer, more attractive Cranleigh High Street for all road users.
Surrey County Council are showcasing the designs at Cranleigh Arts. Come along to view these designs.
Where: Cranleigh Arts, 1 High St, Cranleigh, GU6 8AS
When: • Wednesday 8th November: 15:00 – 20:00   AND  • Thursday 9th November – 15:00 – 20:00
The designs will then be on display in Cranleigh Library from Friday 10th November until Saturday 19 November.
The designs will also be displayed online on   – click here to go straight to the website.

Surrey County Council placemaking team update on the upcoming public engagement session-

This will be a public event to showcase the new designs of Cranleigh High Street. We have been working with designers to get the High Street designs presentable for public viewing as well as working with Cranleigh Arts Centre.

The  event will take place at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November 3pm – 8pm on both days.

Log onto the Cranleigh website here.

They will be sharing the new designs online on Monday 6th November. If you have not done so already, please enter your email address on the Cranleigh website to be notified when they upload the new designs.

Following the two events the designs will be available to view online and in Cranleigh library for a week. They will also print some copies of the designs and take them  to Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Surrey County Council staff will be in Cranleigh High Street Friday 27th October to drop some leaflets into the local shops promoting this event.

On Monday 30th October they will start advertising the public engagement session on  social media, if you would like to do the same then please do.

They are proposing making changes to Cranleigh High Street to improve road safety and make it a nicer space for residents and visitors.

All are welcome to go and see the updated plans in person and chat to a member of the team at the engagement sessions:

Cranleigh Arts, 1 High St, Cranleigh GU6 8AS

Wednesday 8th November 2023 & Thursday 9th November 2023  3pm to 8pm

This is not a consultation event.

After the two events they will send out reminders on socials to view the designs in Cranleigh Library.

Surrey County Council staff are arranging an online meeting for the local businesses in Cranleigh High Street to attend.

This will just be an hour meeting on Wednesday 15th November at 09:30. They will send an email to all local businesses who requested to stay updated and offer them an online event to see the designs.

Jessica Bramley, Placemaking Officer, Planning & Placemaking



What is concerning you here in Cranleigh? come and chat?

What is concerning you here in Cranleigh? come and chat?

Come along! Wednesday 25th January from 6pm

Cranleigh Society invites you to The Three Horseshoes pub – Wednesday 25 January – for a meet up to talk through concerns and actions we can take to improve lives in Cranleigh.

Do come along.  The pub food is good too so we have our evening meal there.

Issues we are following and trying to influence for the better –

Planning applications, High Street, Thames Water, Cycling routes, GP surgery, further medical services, conservation of our Heritage – Cranleigh Cottage Hospital, water quality in our streams,