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Mole Valley District Council’s Local Plan (2018 -2033): Implications for Bookham

Peter Seaward – BRA Chairman

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Mole Valley District Council are reaching the end of their work on the next Local Plan. Called “Future Mole Valley” a policy (once completed) sets out plans for development across Mole Valley for the period 2018-2033, includes targets for delivering new homes, identify locations for development and sets out areas which will continue to be protected. This will become available for us all to comment on in late June 2019.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan for Bookham (NDP) which was the subject of a village referendum in May of 2017 will form part of this plan although which of its policies will be continued or cease to exist will be decided on by our Councillors and MVDC. Although subject to five years of hard work by many here in Bookham it is disappointing that policies expected to be taken into account by MVDC Planners have on occasions  been “trumped” by other planning policies.

The Council are charged by Government to build nearly 7,000 new dwellings throughout Mole Valley over the next fifteen years. This is an annual rate of over 400 dwellings compared with the present rate of around 190. If MVDC fail to convince the Government appointed Inspector that the new Local Plan is capable of achieving the required numbers then the Government can pass the responsibility to Inspectors or other bodies.
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Finally, we must reiterate that all the information facts presented here are those we in the BRA have deduced and may well be wrong but, in our opinion, we need to alert residents to the possibilities and make some estimates about and what the consequences for us all these might bring.

Further information on the Local Plan can be found on the MVDC website: 

New Boundary Signs for Great and Little Bookham

A BRA initiative has been to identify the boundary between Great Bookham and Little Bookham. Instigated by Little Bookham resident Grant Woodham, Grant liaised with Surrey County Council to ensure that the new signs complied with Highways requirements and then arranged for their manufacture. Once the boundary was correctly identified a local contractor was employed for the installation. You will see the signs on the Lower Road and Little Bookham Street when crossing the boundary.

A big “Thank You” to Grant for his efforts in coordinating this project.

Refurbishment of Lower Shott Public Toilets

After lobbying of MVDC by Peter Seward, BRA Chairman, the public toilets in Lower Shott are to be refurbished. The works will include:

  • Steam clean all surfaces
  • Replace loose/missing tiles and re-grout wall and floor tiles
  • Repair and decoration of internal walls, ceilings, windows and door frames
  • Repair and refurbish external windows and door frames
  • Replacement of defective door locks
  • Plumbing uplift to cisterns and urinals
  • Replacement of paper dispensers
  • Check/replace PHS odour dispensers
  • Repairs and decoration of adjacent bus shelter which forms part of the WC structure 
  • Clean external lighting


Drainage Improvements on Dorking Road, Bookham

Michael Agius – BRA Vice Chairman 

Following years of pressure from the BRA, Surrey County Council Highways have recently carried out drainage improvements at the Dorking Road/Polesden Lacey access road/Chapel Lane junction. New kerbs have been placed from the Polesden Lacey access road around to Dorking Road where two large capacity gullies have been installed in a set back bay.  Theses will have far greater storage capacity than normal gullies and should considerably reduce the volume of water flowing down Dorking Road towards Bookham. In addition two new gullies have been installed on the Chapel Lane corner and two in  Admirals Road, between the field entrance and Dorking Road, to reduce flows from these directions. The Admirals Road bellmouth has been surfaced to reduce the amount of mud and stone being washed from the track and fields onto Dorking Road.


Royal British Legion Silent Soldier Initiative

As part of the Silent Solider initiative by the Royal British Legion in Surrey over £114,000 has been raised for the Poppy Appeal. Contributions from the BRA, Bookham Community Association (BCA), St Nicolas Church and Bookham Retail and Business Association (BRaBA)  contributed over £400 to the total. Bookham had four of the silhouettes located The Old Barn Hall, St Nicolas Churchyard, The Crown and also on the Bookhams Village sign at Lower Shott. 

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Bookham Top Planet Saving Tips!

Dan Coffin – “I Live in Bookham” Facebook Group Admin

There seems to be a big appetite in Bookham in trying to do more to reduce waste, recycle more and to do what we can to help this amazing planet we live in. So, we wanted to try to assemble all the excellent tips and tricks you all have shared recently, into one place.

Click here to see Residents tips and submit your tips – not “big picture” stuff, focus on day-to-day ideas that you turn to, tips and tricks, simple solutions that will make people think “oh yeah, why didn’t I think of that – simple!”

And don’t forget the Bookham Litter Pick that takes place on the first Sunday of the month. Meet at Lower Shott at 11.00 am. Safety kit and grabs all provided.

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: