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21st November

  • Question Time 8th November report
  • Tree Felling on Lower Road Rec / Bookham Fields

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Tree Felling on Lower Road / Bookham Fields

Peter Seaward – BRA Chairman.

Tree Felling Lower Road Recreation Ground

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Some of you might have noticed some tree felling taking place on the southern side of the Lower Road Recreation Ground.  This land is part of an area known as Bookham Fields and spreads from the edge of the recreation ground to the A246 south, The Lorne in the east to Rectory Lane in the west. This land has 4 or 5 owners.

At a recent BRA event David Harper, who is the Mole Valley Councillor responsible for strategic development, outlined the way the new Mole Valley Local Plan was headed.  David’s slides can be seen at the BRA website in the Bookham Question Time report.  Across the District, MVDC must build, according to Government, up to 450 homes per annum. That is up from the 188 in the last plan.

Over the next fifteen years some 4,100 houses can be built within the existing areas on brown field sites or by extensions of various kinds, greater density housing, taller buildings and so on. This will leave 2,500 dwellings to be built elsewhere. The present broad strategy by MVDC, according to David Harper, is some modest expansion of the villages in the south, the possibility of larger extensions to one or two as yet unspecified villages in the south, and with the rest having to be built on green field sites in the built-up areas of Dorking, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Ashtead and Bookham.

In Bookham we know from work on the Neighbourhood Development Plan that Bookham Fields, Preston Farm (land behind Little Bookham Street) and some other sites were identified and put to MVDC by a variety of developers.  For the new plan MVDC asked again for people who wished to propose similar areas to put them forward for consideration.

MVDC councillors and the BRA were approached by a firm called TFP who said they represented developers who wished to develop Bookham Fields. These approaches were simply acknowledged.

The trees being felled are in an area belonging to one of the owners of a parcel of land in Bookham Fields.

MVDC have made no decision about what areas of greenfield they may release but it is reasonable to assume that Bookham Fields maybe an area under consideration.

Mole Valley has difficulties in that it no longer has what is known as a “five-year land supply” which it is required to have under Government rules. With or without this supply a developer could challenge MVDC refusal to build on an area such as Bookham Fields and could go to an independent Inspector for a decision. Similar cases have occurred in other Local Authority districts in Surrey.  The important point is that without a five-year land supply, experience shows that such appeals by developers have a very high chance of succeeding.

Presently there are some 100 dwellings completed, under construction or in the planning stage in Bookham.  This annual figure has increased over the past years without any planned or additional infrastructure of any kind.

Before any further development, especially of a large scale, our infrastructure needs should be assessed, solutions proposed and implemented. Until this is done any further development should be delayed.

This briefing is to make sure that you have as much information as we, in the BRA, can glean and would try and persuade you to keep in touch with the local plan as it evolves within MVDC.

For more information please see the MVDC website:

As we gather more information, we will circulate it as quickly as we can.

This is not a rallying call to action… yet.  However, please be ready to lobby the Council and your local Councillors to make sure we get a fair deal for Bookham.

Question Time 8th November Report

On the 8th November Bookham Question Time was held at the Old Barn Hall. Hosted by the BRA it gave an opportunity for residents to ask questions of Bookham Councillors.

For a summary of the questions and answers, please click here.

Also at the event David Harper, Planning Policy Cabinet Member for MVDC gave a presentation and answered questions on the MVDC Local Plan. For David’s presentation and Q&As he answered, please click here.

For further information on the MVDC Local Plan please visit the MVDC web site:




Remembrance Day In Bookham

On Sunday 11th November Bookham villagers assembled to pay their respects to the service men and woman who have died for their country and those from Bookham in particular.  Following the two minute silence at 11.00 the Third Bookham Scouts walked to the Friendship Tree in Eastwick Park Avenue. Pat Morrish lead a short service and wreaths were laid.

The Friendship Tree was planted after the 1939-45 war in memory of those Canadians who were based on Great Bookham, many of whom landed, and died, on the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944.

In addition to the Remembrance Day events in central Bookham a new Commemorative Copse has been planted on Bookham Common. Frances Fancourt one of the BRA Tree Wardens has been coordinating the planting. Frances reports:

Briefly, we planted eighteen trees, thirteen  of which were grown locally by the tree wardens, two grown by the children, and three supplied by Ian Swinney, National Trust Warden. Ian also made the barbed wire wreath as this is a memorial copse for those lost. Particularly pertinent now as a WW1 commemoration. The copse was inspired by Councillor Jim Smith who passed away in 2016. He always saw to the preservation and remembrance of the war memorials and those lost in combat. 

The copse consists of oaks, birch, holly, hawthorn and spindle. Not only a memorial, the copse will also serve to soften the outlook of the new footpath and housing along Church Road approaching the station. 

A bench and a few more trees will be added over the next month.

We will remember the fallen and the many volunteers who have served Bookham well over the years.


War Memorial Refurbished

The War Memorial in St Nicolas churchyard was erected after WW1 and now being 100 years old has become rather dilapidated. Peter Seaward, (BRA Chairman) and Arthur Field (BRA Projects Manager) took on the task of identifying suitable restoration companies,  dealing with St Nicholas Church Wardens and MVDC to get the memorial restored to its former glory.

Following the initial clean using techniques specifically for old stone work, the second stage of the restoration, the re-painting of the engraving has been completed. The photos in the gallery do not give full credit the skills of the restoration company, Stonewest, so next time you are in the village take a moment to have a look at the memorial and remember those from this village that gave their lives for this country 100 years ago.

In addition to the restoration work at St Nicolas, the memorial at All Saints, Little Bookham has also been cleaned. There are four names on the memorial and church records show another seven individuals who should be commemorated. Discussions are taking place on how this may resolved.

Fraudster Warning

Cllr Metin Huseyin

Beware of a fraudsters operating in Bookham. This flyer refers to Joe’s Roofing but we are also lead to believe that”Reg’s Gutters” are the same people. An older Bookham resident was conned out of £1500 for two hours work on his roof that wasn’t done. Be very careful when answering your door to unknown trades people.

For guidance on the tactics fraudsters use issued by the Metropolitan Police, click the image below:


Subs not collected or you want to join the BRA?

Saturday 1st December
Come along to Kim’s Cafe, High Street Road, 10.0 am to 1.00 PM.

Due to a shortage of Road Stewards you may not have had your subs collected this year. Therefore we will be available in Kim’s Cafe for you to pay your subscription either in cash or by tap and pay. We also welcome new members as well. Do come and see us!

Subscriptions are £3.00 per household per year.

A Car Club for Bookham?

What is a Car Club?

By joining a car club you get all the convenience of owning a car without the hassle or costs of repairs and parking. You may be familiar with Zipcar in  central London.

The BRA and Transition Bookham are working together to establish if there is interest in a car club and how residents might use such a car club.

What are the benefits?

Convenient car use
The convenience of a car without the hassle of owning one – no more servicing, insurance, parking, MOT or repairs.

Cars are accessible to members at all hours and typically would be used for local journeys for several hours at a time. Bookings would be made through a mobile phone app or web site with the vehicle being centrally located in Bookham. (Note: this isn’t a ride sharing idea).

Saves you money
According to Carplus, joining a car club could save you £3,500 per year compared to owning a car (if you currently drive fewer than 6,000 miles per year).

Protect the Environment
Car club vehicles are energy efficient and cleaner than the average car. They also reduce the need to own a car and discourage unnecessary car travel.


We have created a simple two question survey with the opportunity for you to comment on this idea:


The survey will close on 30th November 2018. Results will be published on the BRA and Transition Bookham web sites.