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We the undersigned petition Surrey Heath Borough Council to oppose any plan to remove from Green Belt any part of the DERA site at Chobham Common and to communicate this opposition to Runnymede Borough Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. More details
Chobham Common is a valuable and sensitive area of lowland heath, one of the last left in England, and of international, national and local importance. It is a National Nature Reserve, SSSI, Special Protection Area, Site of Nature Conservation Importance. There are public rights to walk and ride which are enjoyed by many Surrey Heath residents.
Being within the Green Belt does not stop all development, it does mean that it has to be 'appropriate' though. Runnymede Borough Council is planning to remove the 310 acre DERA site at Chobham Common from Green Belt. This is not required to meet their new housing targets.
The Green Belt protects our vital open spaces from being over-developed and preserves rare wildlife and habitats for future generations to enjoy. Please don't let them take the'Heath' out of 'Surrey Heath'. Tell RBC and the Secretary of State that we want to lose 'Not One Square Inch' of our GreenBelt on Chobham Common.
Sue Helliwell, the petition creator, joined by: