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Liberal Democrat Roger Abbott is calling for Surrey County Council to carry out a full geological survey to understand the sources of groundwater flooding threats to Brockham & Betchworth. Please sign his petition. He says, “The risk of flooding continues to be a major concern in parts of our villages. A large element of this […]

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Mole Valley set to drop Green Belt review?

by Mike Ward on 27 October, 2014

Mole Valley District Council’s Green Belt review looks set to be dropped following a recent debate on a motion to stop it. The motion itself was withdrawn but the Executive member responsible indicated that he was minded to cease work on it, saying “the potential requirement for Green Belt land appeared to be less than […]

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County Council allows composting at Swires Farm

by Mike Ward on 29 July, 2014

Unfortunately the County Council’s Planning Committee has approved the application for composting at Swires Farm. This over-rides the objections of Mole Valley District Council and many local residents. See here for more detail. Councillor Stephen Cooksey, who represents residents in Blackbrook Road north of the Henfold Lane railway bridge argued for refusal at the meeting […]

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More Green Belt sites under review

by Mike Ward on 1 June, 2014

400 new houses and new school for Beare Green? New sites also proposed for Capel, Charlwood & Hookwood New sites are being included in Mole Valley’s Green Belt Review. Formal consultation is expected to start on these sites on Monday 9 June and will run until 21 July. So if you have views it’s important […]

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Farming sunshine in Beare Green?

by Mike Ward on 8 January, 2014

TGC Renewables, a renewable energy firm, is showing interest in developing a solar farm on land at Crackerbarrel Farm in Beare Green. The plan is to build banks of solar panels, known as a ‘solar array’ on farmland either side of the Capel Bypass (A24), just south of Beare Green Roundabout. The panels would face […]

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Cherkley costs rise as Council ignores public opinion

by Mike Ward on 27 December, 2013

Mole Valley District Council has decided to carry on with its legal action defending its decision to grant planning permission for a golf course at Cherkley Court rather than leaving the legal action to the developers. This decision was taken in the face of a petition signed by over 700 people expressing strong opposition and […]

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Green Belt Review Consultation details revealed

by Mike Ward on 27 December, 2013

Mole Valley District Council is consulting on around 70 potential sites where up to 1,000 homes and some traveller sites could be built in the Green Belt on the edges of towns and villages. The proposals result from the District Council seeking to meet a target of providing 3,760 new homes in the District in […]

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Inclusion of Gatwick 2nd Runway option criticised

by Mike Ward on 23 December, 2013

The decision to include a 2nd runway at Gatwick as one of 3 options to be further studied by the Davies Commission has been roundly criticised. Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) said, “A new runway used to full capacity would cause substantial environmental damage to all the towns and villages for many miles around Gatwick.[i]  […]

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Mole Valley District Council’s Development Control Committee has recommended that the application for green waste processing at Swires Farm should be rejected. The application will be decided at Surrey County Council’s Planning Committee on 8 January. Speaking in the debate, Liberal Democrat Councillor, Valerie Homewood (Beare Green), said, “Henfold Lane is narrow. It’s got a […]

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Swires Farm Henfold Lane new waste application

by Mike Ward on 24 October, 2013

The owners of Swires Farm, Henfold Lane, have submitted another planning application for a windrow composting plant (to process green refuse) on their land. Composting our garden waste locally is of course a good idea in principle and may well save the Council money. The question is whether this site is an appropriate place to […]

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