Surrey County Council has announced controversial proposals for Newlands Corner, to include the introduction of car parking charges and major changes to the visitor facilities. This page summarises the plans and the debate. The latest information is at the top.
Countryside Estate Business Plan
Created: Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:31
SCC has updated its Newlands Corner webpage. There are few changes except for the mention of the SCC/SWT Countryside Estate Business Plan. At the time of writing, the plan and associated Q&A are NOT in the download list contrary to what is stated on the page.
The documents can be downloaded here:
Business Plan Questions & Answers
There is little concrete detail in the plan but some worrying statements, eg "A Business Case is to be made to evaluate the introduction of vehicle charging at the most used car parks on the Estate." and "SWT aims to create a ‘nature-based’ holiday destination with a combined camping and glamping site."
Car parking charges delayed
Created: Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:26
According to the SCC website, the council now "anticipate that charging for car parking will start later in 2017". Previously they had expected to introduce charges by the end of May 2017.
SCC apply for permission to erect play structures
Created: Wednesday, 07 June 2017 09:50
Surrey County Council has applied to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for permission to construct 6 rope and timber play structures with safety fencing on common land at Newlands Corner. In addition, 8 brass rubbing posts will be installed and 900m of path resurfaced. The planning notice can be found here. Any comments or objections must be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (the address is in the notice) on or before 7 July 2017.
The plans and other relevant documents have not appeared on the SCC website but can be found on the Save Newlands Corner site.
40mph speed limit in force
Created: Monday, 22 May 2017 15:40
A 40mph speed limit is now in effect along 2.5 miles of Shere Road, A25, past the Newlands Corner site.
The Surrey County Council website still says that car park charges are anticipated to start in May 2017. At the time of writing there is no sign of the installation of parking meters or accompanying signs.
April 2017 update
Created: Friday, 21 April 2017 09:25
There is no sign yet of works for the installation of parking meters and signs, ahead of the introduction of charges next month. New benches, however, have appeared on the slopes (see the gallery).
A speed limit order notice has been posted on site. The new 40MPH limit will not be confined to the immediate Newlands Corner area, but will run from the the end of the existing 40MPH limit 800m south of the A25/A246 junction, past Newlands Corner and down the hill to just east of the A25/A248 junction.
Parking charges expected from May 2017
Created: Friday, 24 February 2017 16:06
SCC has updated its Newlands Corner web page following the Planning Inspectorate decision. The council anticipates that parking charges will be introduced in May 2017 as follows:
- A 20 minute period with no charge
- £1 per hour to a maximum of £4 for 4 hours or more
- An annual season ticket for regular visitors costing £40
- No charge for Blue Badge holders when parking in the marked disabled bays
Planning Inspectorate approves parking meters
Created: Monday, 20 February 2017 22:45
The Planning Inspectorate have granted commons land consent for the installation of three parking meters and eight parking signs at Newlands Corner, despite 1,400 0bjections. For more details see the Get Surrey article.
Planning Inspectorate letter
Created: Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:46
The Planning Inspectorate received nearly 1400 objections to Surrey County Council's application to install three parking ticket machines and associated signs at Newlands Corner. The Planning Inspectorate's letter to those who made representations is here. SCCs response to the objections is here.
Created: Sunday, 08 January 2017 07:14
Surrey County Council have updated their Newlands Corner web page. In essence:
- Parking charges will be introduced in 2017 subject to the decision of the Planning Inspectorate, expected in the Spring
- The toilets will be refurbished and new benches added on the slopes
- A road safety scheme will be implemented in 2017
- Plans for the multi-user play trail will be submitted later in the year
- The original plan for a combined visitor centre and cafe has been effectively dropped. No further developments will be considered until all the above changes have been delivered.
Planning Inspectorate decision expected in March
Created: Sunday, 01 January 2017 12:19
Save Newlands Corner reports that the Planning Inspectorate have received about 1400 objections to the proposed parking charges. Following a review of SCCs comments on the objections, and a probable site visit, they expect to make a decision on SCC's application in March 2017.