Limpsfield Parish Council

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10 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OXTED HEALTH CENTRE

THE OXTED HEALTH CENTRE is a very large health centre, located in Limpsfield Parish (Gresham Road) that services Limpsfield, Oxted and the surrounding areas.  Having existed on the site at 10 Gresham Road for generations, many people in Oxted and Limpsfield have used this health centre their whole life.

All health centres have been through a lot of change over the last few years and Oxted Health Centre is currently undergoing its own changes to develop and grow with the demands of our ever-growing community.

There will be some more updates from them soon, but in the meantime, courtesy of the Oxted Health Centre team, here are some things you should know, that may help you navigate your own healthcare journey with them…

Wolf’s Row – Old Allotment Site clearance

There has been a lot of chatter over the last week or so about the activity going on in the land by Wolf’s Row – a site that was previously home to the Plumbers Arms allotments, which were moved to their new site near the Community Orchard by Grub Street in 2007, or thereabouts.

This area is designated Green Belt and is privately owned by the Innes family (Titsey) and we are told by the Titsey Estate managers, Strutt & Parker, that it is not being cleared for any specific development.

Flo Wolfe, Senior Associate Director at Strutt & Parker: “[It] isn’t being cleared for specific development, [the work] is just removing the old allotment paraphernalia and clearing the grass and hedges, which are getting overgrown.”

It may look a little bare and decimated right now, but with spring growth, we’re sure it will green up and look much better.

There may even be some vestiges of the old allotments coming through, so we might even see some veggies, shrubs or flowers popping up!

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Local help for those in need this Winter

If you are vulnerable, lonely or finding the cost of living crisis has really hit home this Winter, there are various organisations in Oxted and Limpsfield you can contact, and places to go for both financial and practical help, warmth and company…

Grants of up to £2,000 available to local organisations

Local community and voluntary organisations can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 from the Tandridge Together Community Fund

Official launch of The Limpsfield Way and Community Cycle Route

Limpsfield Parish Council held the official launch of the Limpsfield Way circular walk and Limpsfield Community Cycle Route on Saturday afternoon (24 September), with Cllr Ann Osborn hosting the event and Chairman John Thompson cutting the ribbon.

The death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

It is with the greatest sadness that Limpsfield Parish Council heard of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and prayers are with King Charles III and The Royal Family at this time.

Limpsfield in Bloom 2022

On Thursday 7th July, Limpsfield was judged for the annual Britain in Bloom competition by Paul Dalby from RHS South and South East in Bloom.  

The Five Pubs of Limpsfield

There were originally five pubs in Limpsfield but only one now remains. That is The Bull Inn halfway down the high street on the east side.   The Bull was built in the 17th century with 19th century additions.  It is timber framed and tile hung.  Until the 18th Century, it was called “The Chequers”.

This weekend’s Jubilee Street Party – Limpsfield Village

We are very much looking forward to Sunday’s Platinum Jubilee Street Party in Limpsfield Village, which has been organised by the Street Party Committee, headed up by Richard Spiller in conjunction with Limpsfield Parish Council.

The event runs from 12pm to 4pm and must be cleared by 5pm when the road will re-open to traffic.

Please feel free to come along with your own tables and chairs, although there will be 60 tables and chairs provided by the committee.

The event is BYO and there will not be any food or drink stands on site. However, Coffee at Kiwi House will be open and selling coffees, teas, cakes and picnic essentials. You can also pre-order through them in advance.

The Bull Inn will also be open and is hosting a BBQ (although we believe it is already fully booked). The Bull’s toilets are available for use during the street party.

Memorial Stores will be open until 12pm for any last minute supplies required.

Please note: Limpsfield High Street will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC except emergency services from 10am to 5pm between the A25 and Detillens Lane roundabout. For Bus information, please see https://www.southdown.net or their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Southdownbuses/.

Thanks and have a great day!

The Glebe and Brook Fields

Limpsfield Parish Council (LPC) has become aware, both from the Annual Parish Meeting in April 2022 and emails received, that there is speculation and rumour regarding the current usage, current lease arrangements and the future of both the Glebe and Brook fields that lie between Detillens Lane and Granville Road.

Therefore the LPC has decided to set out its position formally: 

The Glebe (owned by the Diocese of Southwark) and the Brook Field (owned by the Titsey Estate) are privately owned.  We therefore cannot know the terms of the lease(s) or the intentions of the landowners or tenant(s). 
A public footpath (FP78) runs from Detillens Lane to Granville Road, but there is, however, no right to walk or exercise or take dogs on any other area of these fields.

As part of the Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan (LNP), the LPC managed to achieve Local Green Space designation for the Glebe and Brook fields (along with other sites in the Parish). 
The current National Planning Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s planning policies for England, with Local Green Space designation (LGS) designed to protect local green areas of particular importance to local communities.

Paragraph 103 states:


“Policies for managing development within a Local Green Space should be consistent with those for Green Belts.”

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LPC were delighted to have achieved this major ruling, despite strong opposition from the Diocese of Southwark. The LPC will continue to be vigorous in protecting the status of the Glebe and Brook fields should any formal threat occur. 

For any information on this matter, please contact Sophie Martin, the Parish Council Clerk via email at clerk@limpsfield.org.

Thank you.

Limpsfield Local Green Spaces are:

  • The Glebe Field, Brook Field and Glebe Meadow
  • Stanhopes / The Village Green
  • Padbrook Pond
  • Tidy’s Green (by Ratcatchers Cottage A25)
  • Land to the north of the A25 between the traffic lights and Pebble Hill Cottages – Part of Pebble Hill
  • Land in front of Hookwood Bungalows
  • Land in front of Carpenters Arms, Limpsfield Chart

The full NPPF document can be found here.

More information on Local Green Spaces can be found at the Open Spaces Society, here.

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