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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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Explore Ashtead Common with CPRE!

Explore Ashtead Common with CPRE!

Join us for a guided walk on Ashtead Common on Sunday 29th November. This is a great opportunity to explore a beautiful and unspoilt stretch of protected countryside – 500 acres of ancient woodland – on the edge of London, and find out how the conservation team from the Corporation of London manage this unique site (a National Nature Reserve) for the benefit of the environment and people, using traditional farming and woodland management techniques and with a strong commitment to wildlife and nature conservation. Email cpre.surrey@btconnect.com for full details.

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CPRE Chief Executive visits Cherkley

CPRE Chief Executive visits Cherkley

CPRE Chief Executive Shaun Spiers visited the Leatherhead Downs to meet local countryside campaigners and to see for himself the damage that has been done by developers to the beautiful wildflower meadows of the Cherkley estate. CPRE is fighting to save Surrey’s countryside from inappropriate development such as this, which will suburbanise an unspoilt rural area. Cherkley is in the Green Belt and is an Area of Great Landscape Value. Part of the estate is in the Surrey Hills AONB. It deserves to be preserved from the ravages of development!

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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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Success for Green Belt campaigners in East Surrey

Success for Green Belt campaigners in East Surrey

The Oxted & Limpsfield Residents’ Group, which works closely with CPRE Surrey, has launched the latest phase of its “Save the Green Belt” campaign. Last weekend a total of 983 local residents signed up to save the area’s beautiful green fields, and more are signing all the time, a fantastic demonstration of the determination there is locally to preserve the environment from destruction by developers.

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