Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust

What & Why

What is a Conservation Area?

A Conservation Area (CA) is defined under the Planning Act 1990 as an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

Why are Conservation Areas designated?

Increasing pressure from new development, if not properly controlled, could destroy what remains of any area. Designation as a conservation area provides a statutory recognition and protection to such areas. This places a duty on the local authority to ensure that their character and appearance are protected and ensures that any future developments makes a positive contribution to such areas.

Implications for Residents

Successful protection of such areas requires a partnership between the local authority and the residents of such areas. There are thus responsibilities that residents of Conservation Areas must be aware of :

Design Control – there is an enhanced level of control over alterations. Whilst some alterations can be carried out without planning applications it is incumbent on residents to check before carrying out work.

Local authorities must carefully consider applications within Conservation areas and this may require a higher standard of materials to be used.

Control of Demolition – to ensure that there is no loss of value within a conservation area all demolition requests need to be requested of the local authority prior to work commencing.

Protection of Trees – Before any work is carried out to trees, notice must be given to the local authority.

Listed Buildings – Special additional controls exist around Listed Buildings which need to be carefully complied with. There are many listed buildings in Cobham’s Conservation areas.

Shop front and Advertisement Control – Special conditions exist to protect the street scene within Conservation areas.

Advisory Committees

Elmbridge has set up Conservation Area Advisory Committees (CAAC), comprising a cross section of local people, including representatives of local residents groups and professional bodies concerned with the environment, to advise it on planning applications affecting the character and appearance of the Conservation Areas. Cobham’s CAAC is chaired by Jean Corbett.

1 Sep
Cobham Heritage Litter Pick - Cobham
01 Sep 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us on Sunday 1 September 2019 at 2pm, meeting on the corner of Church Street and the High Street in Cobham.

Please bring gloves and we will supply high-viz jackets, rubbish bags and litter pickers.

8 Sep
Cobham Mill Open Day
08 Sep 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The mill is open on the second Sunday of the month from April to October 2pm–5pm. The milling of corn is carried out during these openings, and a short video presentation about the mill and its restoration is shown at intervals.

8 Sep
Cobham Crown Jewels Open Day
08 Sep 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come and visit Cobham's three Crown Jewels. It features three of our most attactive and interesting heritage attractions which were built in the 8th,12th and 19th centuries. They are all close to each other which allows all three to be visited during the afternoon.

More details here

Become a Volunteer with Cobham Heritage

The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust is a local charity which relies on vounteers to help run the Trust, promote local history and conservation issues and organise fund raising events such as our annual Cobham Heritage Day. If you think you might like to join us, visit our Volunteer Vacancies page to find out which roles you might like to get involved with. We always try to make it fun.


Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Riverhill Greenflag Award

Green Flag Award

Open Spaces Award

Open Spaces Award