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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: 

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.