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The Planning Inspector has allowed Costa Coffee's appeal, so permitting them to proceed with the conversion of the former Floral Nurseries shop at 30 Station Approach into a coffee shop.  Conditions to the grant of permission include:
-  No primary cooking of unprepared food shall be carried out on the appeal premises. Only re-heated or cold food that has been prepared elsewhere shall be served on the appeal premises.
-  Not to be open to customers outside the following times: 06.30 to 18.30 Monday to Saturday and 07.00 to 18.00 on Sundays.

The full text of the decision can be see at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7DCPGTdFW1vVEdYYWlqRmswMVk/edit?usp=sharing



We are pleased to announce that Nigel Haig-Brown has been elected as councillor, taking 72% of the votes cast in one of the highest turnouts in the Borough. 

The full results were:
Nigel Haig-Brown (HWRA) 1137
Xingang Wang (Conservative)  298
Sandra Field (UKIP)  138
More results from Elmbridge Borough can be seen at http://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/council/elections/borough14.htm

Following the declaration, Nigel said, “The extent of our support gives HWRA’s councillors the confidence to confront those issues which are closest to residents’ hearts. The principal concern is to preserve Hinchley Wood, not in aspic, but as a pleasant place for us to live today whilst supporting the evolution of a community
relevant to future generations”.

Unfortunately a Molesey Residents’ Councillor lost his seat to a Conservative, thereby
increasing the Conservative representation on the Council to 32 and their majority to

Our most grateful thanks go to all those residents who supported the Association
by voting, to the road representatives for their efforts distributing publicity material,
and to Frank Dabell, our Hinchley Wood ward Councillor who has stood down at this
election, for his unstinting dedication to the cause whilst in office.

You can read Nigel's election address here.


Following the end of the consulation period, the school has made the following announcement confirming that they plan to proceed with the proposal to give priority to pupils at designated feeder schools:

"Admission Arrangements for September 2015
As determined by the revised School Admissions Code and the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, we have recently consulted on proposed arrangements for September 2015.  The Governing Body would like to thank all parties for taking the time to take part in this consultation.
The Governing Body has considered all the responses to the consultation and has now determined admission arrangements for 2015.  The proposed arrangements were adopted without change.  The following documents are attached and are also available on the school website www.hinchleywoodschool.co.uk (click ‘Information’ and ‘Admission Arrangements for September 2015’:
  • Admissions Criteria 2015
  • Map showing revised Catchment Area
  • Press Release 
Any objections to these arrangements must be referred to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) by 30 June 2014.  Further information on how to make an objection can be obtained from the OSA website – http://www.education.gov.uk/schoolsadjudicator"

Rather than giving most weight to proximity and the attendance of siblings at the school, as would be normal, the plans favour a list of designated feeder schools, thus giving undue weight to families from outside the immediate catchment area of the school, to the detriment of Hinchley Wood residents who have planned on the basis of the existing criteria, and who may now find themselves having to seek a secondary school other than the local one, to which they had a reasonable expectation of being able to send their children.



The operators of the fish & chip van which has visited Hinchley Wood each Tuesday evening for the last few years have been told that they need to apply for planning permission.  Some residents find this a useful facility, but others feel it causes an unnecessary nuisance.  You can have your say and help Hinchley Wood councillors gauge opinion by taking part in a poll at https://www.streetlife.com/conversation/2f1sp2dpm94zj/



HWRA newsletter 2014 #1 referred to the plans being promoted by the ruling group at Elmbridge Borough Council  to re-draw ward boundaries and to reduce the number of Elmbridge councillors from 60 to 48. Opposition councillors are contesting the moves, as boundary changes will be impractical for some areas, involve the loss of identity by others and reduce the levels of representation residents enjoy currently.

The proposals include the merger of Hinchley Wood ward and part of Long Ditton ward into one ward represented by 3 councillors.

We have since learned that the changes may be implemented in May 2016, earlier than indicated in the newsletter, and have been asked to point out that as only part of Long Ditton would merge with Hinchley Wood, the reduction in representation would not be quite as severe as stated in the newsletter.  Nevertheless, the plans mean that Hinchley Wood would lose its status as a separate ward, and there would be still be a significant reduction in representation, reflecting the general 20% reduction across the borough - this in a ward which already has one of the highest population to councillor ratios in the borough.



Following a two-day public hearing in October, the Planning Inspector has DISMISSED the school's appeal against Elmbridge Borough Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a large (26,000 sq. ft.) indoor sports hall sports hall on the school’s Manor Road South playing fields site.  In doing so, the Inspector has upheld the objectors' contention that this would be an inappropriate development on green belt land, and that there were not the 'very special circumstances' which would have justified an exception to the normal rules.

The full text of the decision can be viewed here.

Residents will recall from previous bulletins and newsletters that in April 2013, councillors voted unanimously (with one abstention) to go against EBC officers' advice to permit the development, and refused the application.

The Appeal centered on whether the evidence produced by the school had demonstrated circumstances of sufficient merit to justify overriding the presumed harm to the green belt arising from the proposal. The joker in the appellant's pack was a report by Sport England which led Elmbridge Borough Council, on legal advice, to withdraw from defending its April decision, leaving councillors and concerned residents to defend, unaided, a decision effectively abandoned by the Council.  It is gratifying therefore that the Inspector has agreed with the arguments put forward by the objectors, despite this lack of support from the Council.



The 2014 event  will take place in Surrey on Sunday 10th August , resulting in road closures around
Hinchley Wood, which will be in place throughout the day.  For full details of the event, route and timings, visit http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/The_Events/Prudential_RideLondon-Surrey_100/Route.htm


Updates on major planning issues can be found in newsletters from the 'Save Hinchley Wood' group, copies of which (number 35 onwards) can be viewed here.


Meet the Beat:  Our local officers hold regular informal sessions where residents have the opportunity to meet up with them and have a chat about any local issues which may be of concern.
Please see the police team's web page for more details at:http://www.surrey.police.uk/my-neighbourhood/elmbridge/eldh/meet-the-neighbourhood-team

At the police panel meeting on 10th July, the police team reported that there have been a number of burglaries in recent months, of both residential and business premises, as well as thefts from vehicles left unlocked on driveways.  The team will prioritise action against burgarly in the coming period.  Residents are advised to take particular care in the summer months to ensure that windows are not left open when premises are unoccupied, and to lock their vehicles when unattended on their driveways, even for short periods, to deter opportunistic thieves.


The Residents' Panel is made up of local residents and who are asked for their views on the Council's services two or three times a year. This could be about anything the Council is working on e.g. council priorities, budget, recycling, crime.  It is part of the Council's drive to make it easier for residents to 'Have Your Say'.

In particular the Council are trying to promote an online panel as this means they can consult residents in an extremely cost effective and environmentally friendly way. The link to join the online panel is www.elmbridge.gov.uk/consult.  However, if any residents would like to join but do not have computer access they can still join the postal panel by ringing Stephanie Barker on 01372 474394 (sbarker@elmbridge.gov.uk).


More volunteers are still needed to help with Hinchley Wood Care.  For more information please see clubs, societies and voluntary organisations.


The site is regularly updated with local news, information and features, and we welcome comments on the site and suggestions for improvements and new features. Please send us your feedback here.

Local traders, services, clubs and groups are listed free of charge on the website. If your organisation has not been listed please let us know the details and we will add it to the site. Local organisations can use the site free of charge to advertise forthcoming events, such as jumble sales, fetes etc.

Please contact us here to arrange for your organisation or event to be listed on the site.

Our Residents Association Councillors hold regular surgeries at which you can discuss problems directly with them. Please check the News & Events page for details.

Keep informed about local issues, including community safety alerts, significant planning applications and forthcoming events, by registering for our free e-mail bulletin service.  See contact page for further details.

Site last updated 28th July 2014


Did you know that the LWT series 'The Charmer' (1986), set in the 1930s and starring Nigel Havers, Rosemary Leach and Bernard Hepton, was partly filmed in Hinchley Wood? You can see some pictures of the filming here. It is also available on DVD from Amazon, but note that you will need a multi-region player.

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