Thursday, 11 March 2021

CAA - latest Night Flights Consultation

See the relevant consultation night-flight-restrictions-at-heathrow-gatwick-and-stansted-airports-between-2022-and-2024-plus-future-night-flight-policy/night-flight-restrictions

The government recognise that noise from aircraft taking-off and landing at night is often regarded by communities as the most disturbing form of airport operations. They also recognise that there is evidence, including in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) revised Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region, that sleep disturbance caused by aircraft night operations can have adverse health impacts on overflown communities.

Here is Nutfield Conservation Society response to the first part of this consultation which closed on 3 March 2021 NCS Response to Night Flights Consultation (part I)

This is a two-stage consultation process which seeks views on the regime at the designated airports beyond 2022, and night flights in the national context.

Stage 1 of this consultation has 2 purposes. Firstly, the CAA are formally consulting on their proposal to maintain the existing night flight restrictions for the designated airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) from 2022 to 2024, and a proposal to ban QC4 rated aircraft movements during the night quota period (23:30 to 06:00). Responses to this section of the consultation will allow them to make a final policy decision on the regime for the designated airport beyond 2022 in summer 2021.This part of the consultation is for a period of 3 months, and closed on 3 March 2021.

Secondly, they are also seeking early views and evidence on policy options for the government’s future night flight policy at the designated airports beyond 2024, and nationally. This includes whether the national noise policy should be amended to include a specific policy for night noise, revising the CAA night flight dispensation guidance, whether criteria should be set for airport designation, and what any future night flight regime at the designated airports should look like. This second section has been extended in a separate consultation, running from 4 March to 31 May 2021, all responses received will be treated equally to those of the new consultation.

Sunday, 31 January 2021


January 2021



Jubilee Wood – Nutfield Parish Council and Nutfield Tree Wardens

The pandemic has certainly wrecked plans for the planting of the new Jubilee Wood.  The young trees have arrived, and are currently heeled in garden soil but they do have to be planted this year, no later than the end of March, so help is needed.  

Restrictions mean that a community tree planting event which was to be organised by the Parish Council and the Tree Wardens, is out of the question. However, one person only arriving on site to plant and one other person there to show where to plant, is possible under the current regulations.  Planting is good exercise after all.    

Preparations beforehand will be everything.  The little trees – they are small year old whips - will be put into bags of 20 containing five different tree species, and the bags brought to the site.  Planting areas, each enough for 20 young trees, will also be marked out in advance by the Tree Wardens. Each bag will come with the right number of guards, stakes and ties. One of the Tree Wardens will be on site to show the next block to be planted. Volunteers will be contacted beforehand with online “how to plant” information, and written instructions will be available too. No previous tree planting experience is needed.  The Tree Warden and the volunteer planter will keep at least 2m apart at all times.   

We would like single volunteers to come forward: one person only from a family.  You will be able to choose, or be asked to come, at a specific time and leave at a specific time. You will be about an hour and a half on site.  You will have to bring your own tools – a garden spade and fork, secateurs, and if you have them, a mallet or similar for driving in tree stakes,  and a wheel barrow might be useful. The ground is wet, heavy clay so strong boots and gloves will be essential; and you will have to provide your own refreshments.  Sanitiser sprays and wipes will be on site should they be needed. 

The date when this is to happen is the weekend of the 6th and 7th March.   If the weather is really poor, then planting might be moved to the following weekend but that would be a last resort. 

If you want to volunteer, please could you email Liz Ramsay (Tree Warden):, or Nicky Chiswick:

Sadly for this year, we are going to have to say that no children can come to the tree planting.  This is not the community tree planting event the Parish Council and the Tree Wardens wanted.  But all things will end - the pandemic included. Jubilee Wood is an ongoing project, and next year, let’s hope, children, families, couples, everyone can be welcomed together to plant more of the new Jubilee Wood.

There is another special tree that will also have to be planted this year.  The Nutfield Tree Wardens and Nutfield Parish Council have been awarded a special elm tree to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the national Tree Warden Network.  It is also being delivered this winter but, as it is in a pot, there is less urgency to get it into the ground.   The elm is Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, and is totally resistant to Dutch Elm disease, which over the past fifty years has killed mature elm trees throughout the country.  There are no large elms now left in Surrey - only hedgerow ones.  This elm will grow to a mature tree in time, and will be a key feature near the entrance to the new Jubilee Wood.

Planting weekend: 6th and 7th March.  

If you wish to volunteer, please contact

Liz Ramsay (Tree Warden) :

Nicky Chiswick (Parish Clerk) :

To supplement the appearance, Nutfield Tree Wardens have received a Grant from Surrey County Council to  place bespoke benches in the newly planted area. It is hoped that all users of the fields will enjoy the new trees and can rest for a while on the new benches.

Friday, 11 December 2020

NUTFIELD GREEN PARK - update December 2020

Residents of Nutfield Parish have received a leaflet from Nutfield Green Park Ltd providing updated detail of their proposed plans to form an application to Tandridge District Council for outline planning permission. The development proposes to include the following:

- 239 new homes set in four separate areas

- A rehabilitation and respite facility

- 100 'Extra Care' apartments

- An Outdoor Activity Park

- A Wellbeing Centre (to include GP Surgery, Community Shop, Restaurant/Cafe, Creche, Business Hub, Community Event Space, Indoor+Outdoor Gyms, Sport Treatment Rooms, Outdoor Play Area, Changing Rooms, Toilets and other amenities

The details now shown on this leaflet differ from that originally advised and from that previously shown on the document submitted  > Scoping document March 2019               The leaflet refers to the new vision being available via their website. 

NCS have provisionally responded to Nutfield Green Park Co Ltd to request clarification of exactly what is proposed in an application and meanwhile maintain opposition to the proposed concept  - see NCS response Dec 2020 

Formal comments will be made once full detail of the planning application are known.

<map included on leaflet>

Friday, 18 September 2020


The 2021 Nutfield Calendar is now available for purchase at Holborns Store and at Priory Farm Shop at cost of £5 each. We were pleased to receive a number of excellent wildlife photos this year to use for many of the calendar pages.  See some of the photos below which were selected:

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Redhill Aerodrome - Planning Application for widened Taxiway C/D

Redhill Aerodrome submitted a retrospective planning application (20/01430/F) to Reigate & Banstead Council in respect of works completed in 2015 to widen and straighten the hard-standing on Taxiway C/D. NCS have been in liaison with Salfords & Sidlow Parish Council to ensure a consistent approach is adopted with any response. NCS replied expressing concerns regarding any perceived intensification with the number of flights possible from the modified taxiway being used as a runway. 

See >NCS comment on 2015 Taxiway works

We await the planning decision regarding these retrospective works.

Tandridge Local Plan - Transport Queries

We are advised that, following the decision on the failed HIF bid relating to the Godstone Garden Community, the Inspector raised some queries with Tandridge Council regarding the adequacy of a suitable transport network. 

It may be possible for TDC to show that there is sufficient capacity to secure an adequate supply of deliverable housing sites, prior to the necessary transport mitigation being put into place.  Links to the latest exchanges between TDC and The Inspector are: 1) Initial Inspector queries (ref ID12)   2) TDC initial response     3) TDC Follow-up response  4) Inspector latest response (ref ID13)

Of course the Inspector may consider that the existing transport evidence is not adequate for such conclusions to be drawn or, if it is considered necessary to determine the level of housing development which would lead to the transport effects becoming severe, then further transport modelling work may be required. We await deliberations by the Inspector on soundness of the Plan or otherwise what further actions are required by TDC

Surrey Hills AONB Boundary Review


The Surrey Hills AONB was only the second landscape to be designated in England and the boundary had not been reviewed since its original designation in 1958.  Significant parts of the adjacent countryside outside the AONB had been designated as Areas of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) and the Surrey Hills Board felt this area was now worthy of review.

The AONB Partnership commissioned landscape consultants Hankinson Duckett Associates (HDA) to conduct a search for areas that might be considered for re-designation as AONB.  The first stage was to review the Surrey Landscape Character Assessment ‘The future of Surrey’s landscape and woodlands’ from 1997. This would bring it in to line with current Natural England character assessment guidance of 2002 and create a framework for evaluation as recommended by the earlier consultants Alison Farmer Associates. Landscape character assessment is a systematic way of analysing the elements that make one area of landscape different in character to another, but makes no judgment on landscape quality.

The second stage was to conduct a search within this framework, looking for candidate areas that met the criteria which contribute to natural beauty as set out in the current Natural England Guidance published in March 2011.

In November 2013, the Surrey Hills AONB Board formally submitted a request that Natural England (NE) consider a modification to the AONB boundary based on 38 candidate areas recommended by HDA. Nutfield Ridge was included in the suggested boundary revision. In February 2014, the NE Board agreed to consider the evidence submitted on the candidate areas.

The formal process for seeking a modification requires an assessment by NE to determine if the candidate areas submitted meet the statutory criteria of an AONB. There are various stages to go through, including regulatory assessments and, ultimately, the decision rests with the Environment Secretary. Unfortunately, NE had already committed to deliver the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB boundary review at the time of their Board’s decision to review the Surrey Hills situation.  Due to the complexity of the process they were therefore unable to commence the Surrey Hills review until completion of the Suffolk review.

The NE Board finally approved the Suffolk Coast and Heaths (Designation Variation) Order 2019 on 22 July 2019 and the legal paperwork was submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation. The Secretary of State confirmed the Order on 7 July 2020, which clears the way for the Surrey Hills AONB boundary review to proceed to the next stage.

See > Surrey Hills boundary-review with recommended additional areas