Dorking SOS started in 2010 using the local press to build awareness and our own website to capture registrations from interested people. We’ve had four meetings which have now grown to around 30 people. Local shopkeepers are displaying our poster ‘Will our super market town become just another supermarket town?’. We had a Freedom of Information request turned down for communications between Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and the developers, Thornfields, on commercial sensitivity grounds. We maintained an open relationship with the Head of Planning from the start.
The process is in three stages:
MVDC have signed an agreement to sell some of the land the developers need to them – on condition the subsequent planning application is successful
Surrey County Council (SCC) then have to OK the highways plans – no mean feet, as most of Dorking is a conservation area
Finally Thornfields will put a planning application to MVDC and only at this late stage will any public consultation begin.
Our plan is to be so organised, evidenced and well supported that when this happens, we can can fight it at every level.