Horsell Common Preservation Society

A member of the Surrey, Woking and Horsell communities

About Horsell Common Preservation Society

Horsell Common Preservation Society (HCPS) own and manage areas of common land with public access including Horsell Common, Heather Farm, Pyrford Common, Littlewick Common, Woodham Common and various parcels of adjacent land. HCPS is a charity run by volunteer trustees who along with a single employee Paul Rimmer - Estate Manager, are responsible for maintaining approximately 80% of Woking's open spaces, which provide vital environmental benefits for the Borough.

HCPS rely upon the time and efforts of public and corporate volunteers to assist with regular common land maintenance and for special projects including building of easy access paths.

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Litter Picking volunteer working party - Sunday 21st May

Please join us to assist with litter removal from the car parks and busier paths of the common. We will meet in the Bedser Trail car park on Monument Road and then divide up into small teams, gathering again at the end for coffee and cake. The picture shows some of the litter removed from a recent tidy along Horsell Common Road.

Litter picking equipment will be provided; volunteers should wear sturdy footwear with good grip.

The group leader is Robin Hoyle, if the weather is particularly bad please contact the group leader, tel 07885 458417 before 09:30 on the day to check whether the event will take place .
21 May 2017 at 10:00am
until 21 May 2017 at 12:00pm
Bedser Trail Car Park
Monument Road
GU21 5LW

'No Woodham New Town': Horsell Common Preservation Society strongly objects to council's development proposals

Public consultation is under way to decide whether Woking Borough Council should safeguard the land between Martyrs Lane and Woodham Lane for housing and remove it from the green belt. Express your views before 20th February.

Horsell Common Preservation Society are extremely concerned about the proposal to reserve this vast site adjacent to Horsell Common that could possibly accommodate 3,500 new homes. It seems totally inappropriate that Woking Borough Council should opt for this development over the proposed five sites already safeguarded in the Site Allocations Development Plan Document, published in 2015, which would spread development to smaller sites around the borough and further away from the Special Protection Area that forms the heart of Horsell Common.

Horsell Common Preservation Society owns part of the land within the proposed site and strongly objects to its inclusion in the scheme. Furthermore, HCPS objects overall to the proposal of a housing development at this location.

We have written a letter to the borough council objecting to the development and we urge our members to make their views known during the consultation period that ends on the 20th February.

Representations can be submitted as follows:

With the campaign group at
  • This site has a wealth of background on the proposals and details of objections to it
With Woking Borough Council:
  • Use the online e-form by visiting
  • By email to
  • By post to: The Planning Policy Team, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey GU21 6YL
Consultation documents can be viewed at:

  • Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, GU21 6YL. Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.45pm.
  • Woking, Byfleet, West Byfleet and Knaphill libraries.
  • Online at