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Appeal Court victory for Mole Valley woodland campaigners

Appeal Court victory for Mole Valley woodland campaigners

The Court of Appeal has ruled against NHS Property Services trying to prevent a cherished area of greenspace in Leatherhead – Leach Grove Wood – being given statutory protection from development. Local resident Flip Cargill and the Leatherhead Residents Association, supported by the Surrey Branch of CPRE, applied several years ago to register the common land close to Leatherhead Hospital as a ‘village green’ under the Commons Act 2006. Surrey County Council (SCC) agreed to register it, giving Leach Grove Wood protection under the law.

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20,000 new homes planned for Green Belt in Surrey

20,000 new homes planned for Green Belt in Surrey

CPRE has published a new map highlighting current threats to London’s Green Belt, which covers 84% of Surrey’s countryside but which is increasingly being “nibbled away”, say the campaigners, by inappropriate development. The map shows nearly 200 sites under threat from development, and proposals for building over 110,000 houses on supposedly “protected” Green Belt land including 41,500 houses in Hertfordshire, 27,000 in Essex, and 20,000 here in Surrey. These include the large housing schemes proposed for Wisley and for Blackwell Farm on the Hogs Back, both included in the latest draft of the Guildford Local Plan.

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High Court victory for countryside campaigners

Surrey countryside campaigners have won their legal action against Mole Valley District Council over the decision to permit the development of a luxury golf and leisure complex at historic Cherkley Court near Leatherhead. In the High Court today (August 22) Mr Justice Haddon-Cave quashed Mole Valley’s decision to grant permission for the development at Leatherhead Downs. The case was brought by the Cherkley Campaign, a local action group, supported by the Surrey Branch of CPRE.

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We don’t have the right to develop the Green Belt, says Blunt

The Metropolitan Green Belt, which covers most of Surrey, is a vital national institution and “we don’t have the right” to give up Green Belt areas for development. That was the message from Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate, at the CPRE Surrey conference at Dorking Halls on Saturday (18 May). “This is London’s Green Belt and we don’t have the right to give it away to developers” Mr Blunt told the conference. It is all that stops London spreading out and expanding “all the way down into Sussex”, he added.

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CPRE “fighting on many fronts” across Mole Valley

CPRE “fighting on many fronts” across Mole Valley

Precious green spaces are under threat all over Mole Valley, according to the Surrey Branch of CPRE. More development threats are emerging every week, highlighting the need for CPRE to urgently step up its activities in defence of the Green Belt. Major flashpoints include new housing schemes in Brockham, a possible retail park on the outskirts of Leatherhead and potential loss of valuable Green Belt land in Great Bookham and Effingham. Mole Valley council is about to embark on a review of the Green Belt boundaries in the district which could put yet more of the local countryside at risk. CPRE Surrey has launched a special “Save Surrey’s Countryside” campaign and is appealing for funds and new volunteers.

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