Tree Felling on Lower Road / Bookham Fields

Peter Seaward – BRA Chairman.

Tree Felling Lower Road Recreation Ground / Bookham Fields

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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 the recent BRA Question Time event David Harper, who is the Mole Valley Councillor responsible for strategic development, outlined the way the new Mole Valley Local Plan was headed. (Click here for David Haper’s presentation).  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.

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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.