We think of our listed buildings, conservation areas, scheduled monuments and historic parks as being the Borough’s “Crown Jewels”. They are important as individual entities but together they help to create our unique historic environment and add architectural, historic and archaeological value. The Council’s Heritage team has produced a Character Appraisal and Management Plan consultation document for Cobham Conservation Area and is keen to hear the views of local residents and organisations. Cobham Conservation Area includes Mill Road, River Hill and the south part of the High Street and contains a number of important listed buildings such as Pyports, St Andrews Church, The Bear PH, Cobham Mill, Ham Manor and Cedar House.
A conservation area is defined as “An area of special interest; the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”. The character appraisal document provides written definition, analysis and appraisal of what makes an individual area special and identifies actions for protection and improvement. The final document will be used by planners and the local community as a basis for understanding the area, informing decision making, monitoring and management.
There are 26 conservation areas designated in Elmbridge and these include historic town centres at Esher and Weybridge, village greens at Giggs Hill in Thames Ditton and The Tilt in Cobham, a 1920s philanthropic retirement village at Whiteley Village, motor racing circuit at Brooklands and 17th century river navigation channels along the River Wey.
Community involvement is an essential part of any appraisal and the consultation document has been produced as part of a collaborative process involving local residents, amenity, conservation societies together with planning officers and was co-coordinated by heritage consultants. There is now a six-week period of public consultation, which will run from 19th November 2018. The appraisal document is available to view online and printed copies can also be viewed at reception in the Civic Centre.
Councillor James Browne, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services said “This area is important to everyone who works, visits and lives in and around Cobham and I am particularly pleased to support this type of partnership work as part of the Council’s commitment to our heritage, community and environment.”