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The civil Parish of Shere is the largest in area in the Borough of Guildford, Surrey. The Parish lies in the Green Belt, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an Area of Great Landscape Value. It also includes three Conservation Areas (parts of the villages of Holmbury St. Mary, Peaslake and Shere). The total population is approximately 3,500. Shere Parish Council serves the four villages of Gomshall, Holmbury St. Mary, Peaslake and Shere and also a large part of Abinger Hammer (excluding the village centre). For a brief introduction to each of the communities, please click on the appropriate image below.

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Peaslake Farm Fields

There has been a lot of concern from the Peaslake Community over the proposed lease from Coverwood Farm for Peaslake Farm fields. Specifically, concern has centred around a 10metre strip of land between the development and the fields and a 15 Year Break clause. The retained land was included in the 2020 signed lease with Greenoak Housing Association to provide a space for welfare units and vehicles during the build phase to keep them off Ewhurst Road. This land could not have been included in any lease until the Greenoak contract was terminated on the 5th March 2024. As Greenoak has now pulled out there has been an option to review this strip of land.
The strip will now be included in the draft lease with Coverwood with the proviso that if it is needed during a future build phase or for storage when flood attenuation works are carried out, it will be made available and after the works are completed the land will be fully reinstated to its previous condition.
The 15-Year break clause was always in place to protect the fields from misuse. The wording of the lease will now be strengthened to reflect the parish council’s intent to ensure that there is not the opportunity for continued breaches of the conditions of the lease.
More information regarding the lease will be posted shortly.

Peaslake Farm Development of Affordable Housing

On Tuesday 5th March 2024 Shere Parish Council received a letter from Greenoak Housing Association terminating the contract for affordable housing on Peaslake Farmyard. They have cited the 21-month planning delays, increased costs, shortages of materials and the removal of the grant from Guildford Borough Council as reasons for pulling out. This is deeply disappointing as it is much needed affordable housing.

Below is a statement from Shere Parish Council Chairman and Vice Chairman:
‘After a long period of negotiation and contract extensions, Greenoak Housing Association have decided to terminate the contract between them and The Parish Council to build the affordable housing project on Peaslake farm.
Naturally the Parish Council is saddened by this news after all the hard work that has been put in to get the project started. It has always wanted the project to go ahead and the withdrawal of Greenoak will add further delays before affordable housing can be built.
The Parish Council is very disappointed on behalf of the local residents who want to see the project competed and remove the uncertainty re the future of the farmyard – a valuable Parish asset
The next step is to seek a new acceptable Housing Association who would take on this project, and to review what options are open to the Council and the Parish.
In the meantime, a draft lease is being drawn up to rent the Peaslake farm fields to Tim Metson of Coverwood farm. These will be the fields that will contain the community land for use as a garden/Orchard.
We will work hard to understand what the options are as soon as practical and before the current planning permission expires in December 2024.’

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