Month: January 2016

Nimby attitudes & resistance to local development

A survey conducted by a political strategy consultancy has found that the British public holds entrenched Nimby (‘not in my back yard’) attitudes and remains resistant to local development.

The survey, conducted by Development Intelligence, also found high levels of distrust over developers’ viability reports among elected councillors.

Just over half of elected councillors said they thought the National Planning Policy Framework had “done more harm than good” since it was introduced in 2012.

Councillors also demonstrated a mixed attitude towards developers, with 77 per cent saying they believed “the Government’s planning changes have put too much power in the hands of developers” and 82 per cent saying “they rarely or never trust developers’ viability reports”.

The survey found that although 55 per cent of members of the general public supported the development of private homes for sale, only 49 per cent supported the development of social housing.

Some 39 per cent supported build-to-rent housing. Around 90 per cent of the general public thought their neighbourhood was “already overdeveloped” or “fine the way it is”.

The consultancy reported that “older, more suburban people who are likely to own their own homes” objected most strongly to development. Traffic issues and adverse impacts on the character of the local area were the main reasons given for resistance to new development.

Support for development among elected councillors was higher, with 77 per cent in favour of new private homes, 80 per cent supporting social housing and 59 per cent supporting build to rent.

However, nearly four out of five elected councillors felt that their own neighbourhood was “already overdeveloped” or “fine the way it is”.

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World Autism Awareness Day 2016

Businesses of Cranleigh are being asked to please help Jigsaw Trust shine a light on Autism this April and support the World Autism Awareness initiative.

The 2nd of April each year is now firmly established, following the 2008 UN Declaration, as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Jigsaw Trust has long supported WAAD by hosting awareness events and participating in the global ‘Light it up Blue’ campaign.

Light it up Blue is a unique worldwide initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month. Many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to help shine a light on Autism.

In previous years we have hosted a concert by the fabulous Derek Paravicini Quartet in association with Cranleigh Arts Centre and 2016 will once again see Guildford Cathedral floodlit blue for five nights around 2nd April in support of this global initiative.

In addition, this year we will be running Dress up Blue’ days throughout the month of April where local businesses and schools can get involved in helping raise awareness of Autism by wearing something blue for a day!

We are happy to support you in this by providing leaflets, posters, presentation to staff/pupils, PR support, etc. Other ideas for ‘going blue’ include: decorate your office or classroom blue; turn your Facebook profile blue; hold a blue-cake-sale; put up some blue fairy lights!

For more info please visit or

Information on Jigsaw Trust, a local charity committed to enhancing the lives of individuals affected by autism, can be found at Alternatively, follow us on Facebook to hear all our up to the minute news and information!

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Book your place at the first Cranleigh: Inspiring Women in Business in International Women’s Week

Book your place at the first Cranleigh: Inspiring Women in Business in International Women’s Week This event takes place at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Monday 7th March 2016 during International Women’s Week, the day before International Women’s Day.

It is for those women who have already started their own business, are considering doing so or have reached a cross roads in their life and are in need of inspiration regarding what to do next.

It is an opportunity to listen to women in business tell their stories, inspire you and help you to succeed. It is also an opportunity to network with like-minded women.

You will hear from inspirational speakers running their own businesses already and the challenges they have met and overcome. Their stories will be funny and sad, challenging and triumphal but women will recognise many of those experiences in their own journeys. The full speaker list will be confirmed shortly.

Refreshments with networking will be available from 9.30am and the first speaker will start at 10am. At midday the speakers will then form a panel to take questions in an informal format. This will be followed by a buffet lunch from 12.30pm, with lots of opportunity to network.

This event is being organised and chaired by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member, Rosemary French, who received an OBE for services to women in business.

The event is open to members and non-members and to women who may live in Cranleigh but work outside of the area.

Please note that this event is aimed at women. We would encourage male led businesses to send their female managers and staff along.

Cranleigh and District is a great place for women to run their own business. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce aims to make it much better!

Register your place today at

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Talking Therapies come to Cranfold Physio

Talking Therapies come to Cranfold PhysioDo you want to start 2016 with more positivity and effectiveness, learning how to manage your day to day pressures in a relaxed and positive way? How about learning Mindfulness or CBT?

Dr Rosie Odhuba, Consultant Clinical Psychologist says,

“Mindfulness is a simple practise of present moment awareness, in the form of meditation. It can help us deal better with life’s challenges.

“It is particularly useful for such issues as low mood/depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. It can also improve sleep and concentration levels, and is helpful in managing long term health issues such as pain.”

Julia Heathcote is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist who works with people with low mood, anxiety, feelings of stress, difficulty sleeping, or worry, which is impacting significantly on their day to day life.

“When we feel stressed and upset we tend to interpret our experiences more negatively. This can cause us to withdraw, struggle with our relationships and resort to poor behaviour patterns (eg smoking, drinking or eating).

“The aim of CBT is to help people identify where they would like to make changes in their lives, and give them the skills and understanding to do this.”

Find out more by coming to Julia’s free talk on CBT on 5th Feb

Call 01403 721050 or visit for more information.

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Introducing Christine Martin

Introducing Christine MartinCranleigh Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have co-opted a new committee member.

Cranleigh resident Christine Martin is Managing Director of Travel Retail Training Ltd, the organisers of the successful Inflight Sales Person of the Year (ISPY) events.

Christine was instrumental in the success of the inaugural Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards 2016 and will make a valuable contribution to the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce in the future.

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BIG Awards 2016 – Congratulations to Taurus Wines

Congratulations to Taurus Wines, winner of the inaugural Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards 2016.

Taurus Wines received a trophy and cash prize of £3,500.

Highly Commended entry Firebird Brewing Co. received a trophy and £500 cash prize.

During a glittering awards ceremony hosted at Cranleigh Arts Centre, each of the six finalists was showcased with a short video presentation before receiving their finalist trophy on stage.

Over 100 local business owners and special guests attended the first Cranleigh BIG Awards yesterday evening, with a further 70 people watching the proceedings broadcast live on Periscope.

Here are a few photos from the evening.






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Cranleigh BIG Awards 2016 fully booked

We are pleased to report that the inaugural Cranleigh BIG Awards 2016 ceremony on Monday 11th January 2016 are now fully subscribed.

100 local business people and special guests have reserved tickets to attend the glittering awards ceremony.

The Cranleigh BIG Awards will highlight and recognise the area’s entrepreneurial businesses, from micro businesses to large, from newly set up to well established.

The shortlisted finalists are Cranleigh Golf and Country Club, Firebird Brewing Co, Jigsaw School, Just Jhoom!, Ruby & Kind, and Taurus Wines.

We look forward to welcoming our guests at the Cranleigh BIG Awards on Monday evening and will post news of the results here on Tuesday morning.


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Multi-million pound boost to the local economy

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has announced today that it intends to purchase the former Novartis site in Wimblehurst Road, Horsham.

These plans represent a multi-million pound boost to the local economy and the West Sussex health and life sciences sector.

The County Council had its bid for the site accepted in summer 2015 and since that time they have been working on the business case for this development opportunity.

Subject to planning approval, their ambition is to develop a new science and business park for med tech, life sciences and related businesses, with a third of the site set aside for residential development.

This is a real coup for the County and represents a lot of hard work to get to this stage, and a lot more hard work going forward.

The rewards will be considerable both for our existing health and life sciences cluster and for the wider county, and firmly supports the Council’s key priority to grow the local economy.

A marketing agent is currently being appointed to seek partners to take the development forward.

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