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

Peter Seaward – BRA Chairman

Click here for PDF/Print version 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. The draft plan is scheduled for release on 24th September with the consultation period running from 21st October to 1st December.

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. Click here to read more of this report

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: 

Ray Pritchard

Ray Pritchard – 1944 to 2019

It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of well-known Bookham resident, Ray Pritchard.

Ray has been a stalwart on the BRA Committee for a number of years and has been part of the Membership and Publicity Team with the role of providing regular BRA contributions to Bookham Bulletin and Look Local each month. He was also the Woodlands Road BRA Road Steward and also an active member of Woodlands Road Residents Association.  

Originally from South East London, Ray worked in the music publishing industry for many years and moved to Little Bookham with his late wife Kathy. In addition to working in the music industry, with a love of opera he was also a keen performer and sang in local choirs.

His other main love was cricket and Ray had a long standing relationship with Effingham Cricket Club and since 2015 and has been President of the club. He also liked to play and was a very good wicket keeper. Through these interests Ray had a large number of friends and enjoyed being involved with village life. Nothing was too much trouble for Ray and was always pleased to help in the any way  he could and take the initiative when needed.

We in the BRA and particularly the Publicity and Membership team will really miss Ray.

Les Huett

Publicity  – Bookhams Residents’ Association.

Ash Dieback Coming to a Tree Near You; Oak Processionary Moth – What Is It?

Bookham Tree Wardens

The has been much discussion on different forums on Ash Dieback and Oak Processionary Moth outbreaks in Bookham.   

The Bookham Tree Wardens have prepared a comprehensive presentation on these subjects and what residents need to be aware of.

Click on the image below for more information

Click on the image below for information on the Oak Processionary Moth 



BRA Team Gets Weeding on the High Street

On Sunday 7th July instead of Litter Picking volunteers attacked the overgrown vegetation and weeds that have been spoiling the look of the High Street. “It was a very productive morning” said organiser Margaret Lawson “with our team of seventeen volunteers getting stuck in the High Street looks at lot better”. 

We hope that now the weeds have been cleared local business take the initiative and look after the areas in front of their shops and businesses

Weeds outside your home? Why not spend a few minutes clearing the path and gutter and keep our village tidy. 

And it is not just weeding the BRA organises. It also provides and maintains the hanging baskets as well and makes the High Street that bit more welcoming. 

Cubs & Dawnay School Pupils join Litter Pick

For the June litter pick Cubs and pupils from Dawnay school joined in with the regulars to give Bookham streets a clean. A big “Thank You” to the young people and also to St Nicolas Church who provided much needed refreshments after the litter pick!

The litter pick is held on the first Sunday of the month. Meet at Lower Shott at 11.00 am. All safety equipment and bags provided.


Spring 2019 Newsletter

The BRA Spring 2019 newsletter has just been published and members will be receiving their copy from their Road Steward shortly. 

This year as we  do not have road stewards for all roads a”Good Will” edition has been delivered to residents in these roads by Road Stewards from other parts of the village.

Could you consider becoming a Road Steward? All we need is a commitment of a few hours in the Spring and Autumn to deliver to around twenty homes.

If you can help either email:  or call: 0300 030 9890. Our Membership Secretary will be happy you to take you through what’s needed.

Click on the image below for the PDF edition of the Newsletter. 


75th Anniversary of D-Day – Young Street Memorial

Residents may or may not be aware that a large contingent of Canadian troops were stationed in Bookham prior to embarking to France as part of the D-Day landings 75 years ago today, 6th June 1944.

A memorial to the Canadians who died in action is situated on Young Street. The BRA along with other local resident’s associations in conjunction with MVDC are planning a tidying and light cleaning of the memorial.


A Car Share Club For Bookham? November 2018 Results

Late last year a survey was published as a joint initiative by the BRA and Transition Bookham to determine if a Car Share Club would be of interest to residents.

Click here to read more of this report

For the survey results, click on the image below:

Looking After Bookham’s Green Spaces

Later this year the Bookham Youth Centre will be closing but fortunately the BRA Tree Warden team have been able to rescue some of the shrubs and plants and relocated them to the area outside of the library which had become almost devoid of plants as people walked through.

Here’s  “before” and “after” photos of the work the Tree Wardens have completed.




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