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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'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

Winter Conservation Volunteer Working Parties 2016/17

Please come and join us for 3 hours on a Sunday morning and assist in vital conservation work. For the rest of this season we will be meeting at Anthonys on Horsell Common. The working parties run from 10.00 to 13.00 on the following dates:

  • Sunday 12 March 2017

Anthonys is on the left of Chertsey Road A320 between the Six Crossroads roundabout and the McLaren/Martyrs Lane roundabout. Choose the second entrance and drive through Anthonys to the gate and on to the main common track. The actual work area is a short walk from here.


Chertsey Road

Horsell Common


OS Grid Reference TQ015610

Sat Nav GU21 4YL

The activity is to remove scrub, mainly small birch and pine saplings from areas of heathland. Loppers and bow saws will be provided; volunteers should wear sturdy footwear with good grip and a good pair of gardening gloves or similar. The group leader is Andrew Halstead if the weather is particularly bad (rain or snow) please contact the group leader, tel 01483 489581 before 09:30 on the day to check whether the event will take place.
12 Mar 2017 at 10:00am
Chertsey Road
GU21 4YL