Relocate & Renovate Design & Build, Schools, Eating out, Health clubs, Shopping & more.
Relocate & Renovate Design & Build, Schools, Eating out, Health clubs, Shopping & more.
can seem overwhelming. We are often approached for advice on ‘where best to start?’ with a project and outline below the seven-step process most commonly used.
1. Initial consultation and fee proposal
2. Survey visit
3. Briefing & sketch designs
4. Planning application
5. Building regulation application
6. Contractor selection
7. Site works
What characteristics set you apart from other practices?
We are an RIBA Chartered Practice established in 2011 by architect Simon Walter. Simon has an MSc. in environmental design and is a member of the Green Register of Construction Professionals. His wealth of experience stems from many years specialising in private residential and commercial projects. Twelve years on, and with over 2000 projects to our name, Reigate Architects has become a highly regarded Surrey studio providing a professional, friendly, independent and impartial service. We deliver bespoke designs which are sympathetic to their surroundings and forward-looking in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability. We are extremely proud to have delivered the first local dwellings to Passivhaus standard. Our extensive portfolio of completed housing projects includes extensions and alterations, interior design, remodelling and new build developments. These are of all sizes and locations - whether town centre, Conservation Area, Green Belt or rural. We can provide services at every stage of your project from concept design through to completion.
Our team of qualified and experienced architects, technical and support staff are familiar with planning and building regulation requirements and we approach every commission as an opportunity to improve the quality of our built environment.
Building a client relationship and gaining trust is essential. We always prefer to meet clients in person and one of our senior architects will oversee the project from initial consultation through to completion. At an initial consultation we will have an open discussion of your building requirements, budget and timelines and identify any potential challenges. This initial consultation is free and usually takes one or two hours, depending on the size of your property and your requirements. We will provide broad advice and discuss possible design strategies - which may include hand sketches to illustrate how your vision can be delivered. Following the consultation, we will confirm our fee proposal in writing, setting out our costs and appointment terms for your consideration. If you have not experienced a building project previously, the design and construction process
The most obvious (but sometimes overlooked) aspect is that we are qualified architects, a title protected in UK law which can only be used by those who have undergone rigorous training and professional examination. Other individuals and companies who describe themselves as architectural designers or similar are usually not qualified architects.
Another factor which brings tangible benefits to our clients is our proximity to Dorking. With our experience and knowledge of the housing market in east Surrey we are familiar with the requirements of Surrey’s Local Authorities, including Mole Valley District Council. Having completed local projects of many types and sizes we know the potential challenges of working in and around the area.
We also have an established network of trusted local suppliers, tradesmen and contractors - giving us the means to deliver our client’s projects effectively.
We do not have one particular style in which we work. We prefer to develop a design approach that is synonymous with our client’s ambitions, budget and surroundings. However, we will always adopt design principles that aim to reduce the environmental impact of our schemes by using a ‘fabric-first’ approach to improve thermal comfort and reduce energy use. We adopt thermal mass techniques, storm-water management and renewable energy where we can. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate more sustainable building systems and finishes such as timber framing and recyclable materials into our designs. For new build projects we encourage clients to adopt the Passivhaus standards of insulation and airtightness.
What is the most pleasing feature of your job?
Many aspects of an architect’s work give immense satisfaction. We are continually problem solvingwhether getting spaces to flow together properly, overcoming planning and building regulation challenges, incorporating budgetary considerations or dealing with construction issues. With each project we complete, we learn a little more about how architecture has the power to improve the way we live. Hearing how our clients use and enjoy the spaces we have carefully designed and created with them is incredibly rewarding.
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A very warm welcome to Dorking and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons.
You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded towns in Surrey. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population.
Hamptons has been matching people with property that’s right for them, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since.
Today, 150 years after we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’.
Yours sincerely,Hamptons Team
Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Dorking, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links.
Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home. A big WELCOME and enjoy.
The history of Dorking dates back to the medieval period and the town appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. Historically an agricultural and market town, its position on a number of long distance roads made it ideal for trade. As a result of this prosperity and with the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, large estates sprung up around the town, but surrounding beauty spots such as Cotmandene and Box Hill were later donated for public use and are now protected.
While there is a good mix of property styles and ages, considering the local growth that occurred as a result of the direct rail line to London built in 1867 it will come as no surprise that many of Dorking’s properties are Victorian and Edwardian, helping to lend the town a traditional charm and character that sets it apart.
Why move to Dorking?
It is an ideal location for those families looking for a slower pace of life, but also for the commuter, with easy transport links to London which is around 20 miles to the north. With a range of amenities and a wealth of countryside on the doorstep, Dorking truly offers the best of both town and country living.
In addition to Dorking town centre, the team offer property for sale and to rent in numerous picturesque villages and hamlets nearby, including Abinger Hammer, Holmbury St Mary, Coldharbour, Forest Green, Walliswood, Okewood Hill, Capel, Ockley, Westcott, Wotton, Newdigate, Beare Green, Holmwood, Brockham, Buckland, Betchworth, Box Hill, Leigh, Westhumble, Mickleham, Ranmore, Fetcham and South Leatherhead.
Dorking is a market town located in the Surrey Hills area, which surrounds it on three sides, and is 21 miles south of London. It is also close to Box Hill and Leith Hill. It has been named as one of the Telegraph’s ‘designer’ and ‘it’ towns you can still afford to move to in 2021. In a tweet, the Telegraph wrote that it was chosen as it is a cheaper place to buy a home than nearby Reigate and is a big favourite with cyclists.
It also gave a mention to the chalk downs which are “perfect for family rides”. Dorking ‘s average price tag is £451,898 - cheaper than the average overall Surrey house price of £600,814, according to Rightmove. It is in the heart of cycling country with the chalk downs perfect for family rides.”
Also among the list is Liphook and Stockbridge in nearby Hampshire.
The Telegraph also wrote in a tweet concerning the thread: “Lockdown has supercharged property prices in the countryside and ‘designer towns’ are creating a buzz with buyers.
Dorking is also the town where actor and director Laurence Olivier was born. There are many open spaces in the area including Glory Wood and Meadowbank. The Nower also offers an open space to the west of Dorking’s town centre, managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust. This is where The Temple is located, from which visitors can enjoy views of Dorking.
Tourist attractions include Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking Museum and South Street Caves.
Dorking and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names you may or may not know..
Walter Dendy Sadler, Artist and Painter
Jamie Mackie, International Footballer
Daniel Defoe (c.1660–1731)
Peter Labilliere, Army Major, (1725–1800)
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer
David Moule-Evan, Composer, (1905–1988)
Absolute Radio DJ Christian O’Connell lived in Dorkin
Ken Pork, Actor
Molly Sugden, Actress
Sebastian Coe, Gold Medal Olympian
Russel Swain-Fossey, Comedian
Tell us a little of the background of Robin Nugent Architects?
The practice was founded by Robin in 1986 and expanded in 2001 after a successful career as Conservation Architect at Broadway Malyan in London with commissions for the Crown of State, English Heritage, the National Trust and many more clients. The decision was taken to expand the private practice in a C18th reconstructed barn structure to limit the hours spent commuting on the M25. Robin Nugent Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice operating out of a barn studio in West Sussex, a team of Architects and designers with supporting disciplines to provide a comprehensive service. Our objective is to provide imaginative design solutions to clients’ briefs borne out of many years of experience of their needs, site challenges and team co-ordination of associated professional disciplines.
What type of residential design projects are most popular at the moment?
With more people spending time at home and a growing appreciation for the outdoors, we are finding our clients are coming forward with requests for ways of linking the home and garden. An interest for modern forms which remain sympathetic and connect with the existing buildings, with the use of glazing to flood the property with natural light. In order to make homes more efficient we have been looking into ways to upgrade existing dwellings to achieve better thermal efficiency and lower energy fittings and services.
How do you help clients with planning issues?
Once the brief is established, we will then talk through the relevant Planning process for your individual projects. Our design would take into consideration current Policies and Legislation.
We may advise Pre-Application Advice is sought prior to a Full or Householders Application is submitted to your local Planning Authority in order to gain a further understanding of their requirements and response to the proposal. We monitor the Planning Applications on the client’s behalf, talking directly with the Planning Officer, and are able to update designs as the application progresses.
Following a decision notice being obtained we would then seek to discharge any conditions on the application. If your application is deemed complex, we are able to bring in our retained Planning Consultant for advice. We have a wealth of experience working on projects within England North and South, both Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings.
What would you say are the key strengths of your practice?
We are a small and close nit team of individuals and we cumulatively have a variety of experience and areas of interest. We work well together with clear lines of communication with all members of the team aware and up to date on all projects so we are all able to support the clients where needed.
We offer a traditional professional service with an emphasis on client and consultant relationship, providing a personal service by qualified, experienced staff with whom the client is invited to act directly. We have good working experience with a number of local contractors and sub-consultants who we are able to tap into where required to progress your project successfully.
What words of encouragement would you a Hamptons client, inexperienced in renovating, who is hesitating to make that initial call?
We are as enthusiastic about your project as you are, give us a phone call and we would be more than happy to talk through your initial thoughts! We can bring our experience and a fresh pair of eyes/another perspective forward for you. In line with the RIBA code of conduct we provide an initial consultation free of charge to discuss any thoughts you have in relation to alterations to your property.
We always say to our clients, start with the proverbial blank sheet of paper; and identify what you like about the property, what you dislike about it, and what you want to gain from the project. A project should be an exciting challenge with good working practice with experience avoiding the difficulties of others.
Tell us a little about the background of Red Mowers? After studying Agriculture, Horticulture and Arboriculture at college I found a passion for working outdoors and transforming spaces through an understanding of people’s needs and balancing with nature’s needs, to bring the two together and create beautiful gardens. I set up Red Mowers in 2013 operating in the Horsham and the company has slowly been growing and we now have a small dedicated team, providing high quality services to customers on a one-off basis as well as regular contract maintenance service.
What types are project are most popular at the moment?
People are looking to make the most of their outside spaces and we have definitely seen people looking to invest in making their outside space special and provide additional space for their families. Aside from general grounds maintenance, we have also seen people looking to re-think their gardens through landscaping, clearance and planting. We love working with clients to understand their garden needs and bring the aesthetics to really make a garden have a big impact.
Is there a project you have completed that you’re most proud of?
Garden transformation doesn’t always happen in a one-off visit but is something we are always proud in creating over time with our regular clients. We love projects where we can build on weekly or bi-weekly maintenance contracts and see a garden come back to life and build upon its features throughout the seasons to make it look its best. Garden maintenance gives a holistic view of our gardens and this is what Red Mowers is really passionate about.
What advice would you give to a client with a blank canvass who wants to add value and create a useable space?
We would suggest contacting us for a free no obligation site visit, where we can view and create ideas for your garden looking and listening to your ideas and plans you have, working out a budget to which we can then design and quote for the work discussed, adding our expertise and skills to create the dream garden you will love.
Tell us why Hamptons clients should choose RedMowers for their outside space?
As a small family run business we pride ourselves in creating high standards for our customers using the best quality tools and materials in the industry to bring gardens back to top shape. We really care about your garden and we work with you to make the most out of your outdoor space. We pride ourselves on being professional, on time, reliable and have friendly knowledge staff that will listen to your needs. We have a large number of estates we already maintain and have lots of happy testimonials from working with our clients over the years.
A royal welcome awaits at the King’s Arms pub in Dorking, where food and drink fit for a King is served up in historic surroundings. Built in 1405, it’s believed Charles II once stayed at the pub during its days as a coaching inn, while another famous Charles - Mr Dickens, no less - wrote about the place in his novel Little Dorrit. The story these days is one of traditional charm, fine fare and friendly service. Cask Marque approved ales, superb wines and freshly prepared food can all be enjoyed inside or out - with four levels of cosy alcoves and original oak-beamed ceilings to explore indoors, and two fabulous courtyard gardens outside.
45 West St, Dorking RH4 1BU. 01306 886496 www.kingsarmsdorking.co.uk/
As a traditional town pub restaurant in Dorking, Surrey, we offer a great atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy. With more than 3 years in the business, our pub itself has been part of the community for hundreds of years. The Spotted Dog also has the best beer garden in Surrey, which is very spacious and receives numerous compliments. Simply walk in for some delicious food from our comprehensive menu. However, we do advise that you book a table for our Sunday menu.
42 South St, Dorking RH4 2HQ. 01306 885218 www.thespotteddogdorking.com/
Stop in at lunchtime for some traditional homecooked light bites and bar snacks - guaranteed to satisfy! But the real star of the show is our excellent range of real ales; perfectly kept and cask conditioned, we’re one of the best pubs in Surrey for real beer! Don’t worry though - there’s a great selection of fine wines and spirits if beer isn’t your thing.
81 South St, Dorking RH4 2JU. 01306 889938 www.cricketersdorking.co.uk/
The Stepping Stones is a quaint Village pub with beautiful surroundings boasting traditional stripped wooden floors and skylights making this a bright and relaxing atmosphere. Serving delicious gastropub pub food with an extensive menu and real ales and fine wines. We have beautiful landscaped gardens to enjoy some relaxing al fresco dining.
Westhumble Street, Westhumble, Dorking RH5 6BS. 01306 889932
The Queen’s Head
The Queen’s Head is a cosy historic pub with a beautiful garden situated in the Surrey market town of Dorking. It is a cosy, warm and quintessentially English pub with a roaring fireplace in the winter and a leafy garden in the summer. We serve seasonal and wholesome British food using top quality ingredients.
Horsham Rd, Dorking RH4 2JS. 01306 883041 www.queensheaddorking.co.uk/
Lakeside Viewpub Dorking
Set in Henfold Lakes Leisure with 95 acres and small lakes. Our pub sits in the middle of one of the lakes surrounded with beautiful scenery outside our balcony. Since establishing we have created a new menu featuring pub classics for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. With exclusive finishing touches and mouth watering flavours.
Henfold Lane, Beare Green, Dorking, RH5 4RW, 01306 886996
The King William IV
Originally Built in 1790 as an alehouse for the workers at the Cherkely Court estate. The King William IV is now an independently run family free house. The “King Bill on the Hill,” due to its elevated position enjoys probably the finest views of any pub garden in Surrey. Fresh food and real ales await and as does a warm welcome, which is born out of a genuine desire from the owners and staff to please our guests.
Byttom Hill, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6EL. 01372 372590
Traditional 16th Century Country Restaurant & Pub set in the Surrey Hills, historic village of Newdigate. Free house, serving locally sourced ales and homemade, freshly cooked traditional food. “Beautifully new refurbishment, under new ownership, with a menu, that is the talk of the Village”.
Village St, Newdigate, Dorking RH5 5DH. 01306 631276
Shouldyou wish to wet your whistle in Dorking you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Islington. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore.
“Great country pub with friendly owners. Popped in for lunch mid week and food was great..” We’re working hard at being a friendly, welcoming pub, looking after our customers as well as our ales and lagers. We’re looking forward to welcoming you here!
98 The St, Capel, Dorking RH5 5JY. 01306 713250
The Royal Oak is nestled in the beautiful village of Holmbury St. Mary, deep in the Surrey Hills. The surrounding countryside is a popular location for walkers, ramblers, cyclists and mountain-bikers. A quintessentially British country pub; with open fires, home-cooked food, on site brewery and a warm welcome. Pop in and see us for a pint and a bite to eat soon!
Felday Glade, Dorking RH5 6PF. 01306 898010 www.theroyaloakholmbury.co.uk/
Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Dorking!
A fabulous coffee shop offering speciality coffee and teas. An extensive menu of healthy food options and served in attractive surroundings. A wonderful selection of home made cakes to accompany the high quality coffee. 24 St Martin’s Walk, Dorking RH4 1UT. 01306 740666
If you like coffee and people, you’ll adore our coffee shop in Dorking. With locally roasted coffee, we grind from the bean to make a smooth latte or fabulous flat white. With a large selection of teas and possibly the best hot chocolate around made from real Belgium Chocolate our shop is a haven of delicious salads, soups, sausage rolls and of course freshly baked cakes and pastries.
2 South St, Dorking RH4 2HQ. 01306 882200
Mullin’s coffee shop opened its doors in August 2014 and was re-launched by new proprietors, Susan and Basil, in August 2016. Located in the ancestral home of William Mullins, one of North America’s Pilgrim Fathers, the coffee shop sits within an iconic building in the heart of the old quarter of Dorking, on West Street, alongside antique shops and historic, listed facades. A home from home, Mullins serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea and prides itself on freshly prepared, carefully selected produce of the highest quality.
58 West St, Dorking RH4 1BS. 01306 889967
You’re always guaranteed a warm welcome at the The Jampot Café. We have recently refurbished the Café and added a new state-of-the-art coffee machine for excellent fresh coffee. Enjoy our blend of Coffee Real to accompany your breakfast, meal or pastry of choice - come and see for yourself.
6 Ranmore Rd, Dorking RH4 1HA. 01306 875591
Esquires Coffee was founded with the goal of delivering amazing coffee and food, in cool environments, and with remarkable service. Our independent spirit and passionate desire to “keep it real” have helped the company grow from one little shop in Delta, British Columbia, to a globally recognised leader in the ethical coffee industry. Visit our coffee shop for a quality artisan coffee with a wide selection of food, cakes and pastries.
44-46 High St, Dorking RH4 1AY. 01306 876005
We will help you in choosing what best suits you. We want to inspire and reassure you with our combinations and quality. Aya Boutique aims to present affordable and versatile garments, offering the chance to try different styles, colours and shapes, with a variety of clothes chosen to meet the tastes of a wide range of women. Our collections are sourced from UK, France, Italy, Denmark and Netherlands and our merchandise is constantly updated to keep things fresh, carrying only a limited amount of items.
25 St Martin’s Walk, Dorking RH4 1UT. 01306 883914
THE EDIT – creative clothing and lifestyle. My name is Lisa Martin, and I am the face and founder of The Edit with a focus on affordable, wearable, contemporary clothing. Hopefully by now I have some idea of what I am doing with nearly 30 years’ experience in fashion inc colour, image, and styling and as a guest speaker at the PURE trade show, Olympia. The high street shop ZARA is my core inspiration, which is reflected in our eclectic mix of European brands and own label (Rock & Robes). These are complimented by a selection of homeware and gifts for all the family making us the perfect onestop-shop in Dorking.
12 South St, Dorking RH4 2HQ. 01306 898008
Michele’s Dress Agency
2 Old Kings Head Court, 11 High St, Dorking RH4 1AR. 07585 896831
At Michele’s you will find a wide range of high quality, pre-loved ladies clothing and accessories in styles to suit the season and most importantly, your taste. You could cash in your wardrobe, turn your preloved clothing into a new love or just come in for a browse. Designer and High Street Brands. A hidden gem in the heart of Dorking, set in the beautiful Old Kings Head Courtyard.
2 Old Kings Head Court, 11 High Street RH4 1AR Dorking. 07585 896831
Established in 2016, we are an independent Menswear shop owned and run by husband-and-wife team Ian and Sarah, plus our teammate Rob, situated on West Street in the beautiful market town of Dorking nestled in the Surrey Hills. Our online store launched in 2020, bringing the Westdaw Menswear styling to a UK-wide audience. With Ian’s 30 years’ experience in premium retail, Westdaw Menswear is here to make sure you look your best at every occasion, from business casual to date night and all points in between. We think of it as modern style with concierge service.
64-65 West St, Dorking RH4 1BS. 01306 882812 www.westdawmenswear.co.uk/
Loukiya has been a renowned clothing brand in the UK industry since 2016. The Loukiya collection is known for its unique silhouettes and impeccable detailing. Our signature style includes traditional embellishment with a modern touch to create a unique and unprecedented composition. Loukiya not only creates the most stunning bridal couture but has also won many hearts with our extravagant designs, which combine tradition and modernity. Through its design and distinctiveness, Loukiya symbolises and empowers many cultural styles. A perfect brand to describe the inner beauty of an individual in its true and unique way.
54 West St, Dorking RH4 1BS. 01306 876447
That Lovely Shop is situated in the high street of the beautiful old market town of Dorking, nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills- an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At That Lovely Shop you will find a collection of beautiful, functional, and luxurious homeware and lifestyle products, each carefully chosen to bring a little bit of happiness (hygge) to your home. We are committed to sustainability and work with artisan and trusted small scale producers to find quality and sometimes, unique items.
58 High St, Dorking RH4 8AY. 01306 735635
Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Dorking!
Serving the community for more than 85 years. The venue was designed to host a range of community events. It comprised three Halls: the Masonic, the Martineau and the impressive Grand; all of which remain today. The Grand can seat 900 people, and its original stage could accommodate 300 singers and a full orchestra. The acoustics were exceptional and there was also a fully sprung dance floor. Reigate Rd, Dorking RH4 1SG. 01306 881717 www.dorkinghalls.co.uk/
Green Room Theatre
This theatre is tucked quietly away behind the Dorking Halls, compact 86 seat theatre enables members to stage a variety of plays and musicals in a friendly and informal atmosphere. This makes many aspects of theatrical work accessible to all. Based in a building which was only ever supposed to provide temporary barracks for the Canadian Army in WWII does provide challenges in terms of dilapidations and the staging of productions. Thankfully, due to a dedicated team of backstagers, refurbishment work is ongoing and work in the last year included updating the dressing rooms and rebuilding the off-stage area to compliment the ‘revolving’ stage platform built in 2009.
8-10 Reigate Rd, Dorking RH4 1SG. www.ddos.org.uk/
The Leatherhead Theatre
The theatre is managed of a charitable trust set up by local people who are passionate about enabling and encouraging both personal and community transformation through the arts. We have regular viewings and host live shows and panto. Please see our website for show times and bookings.
7 Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8DN. 01372 365141 www.theleatherheadtheatre.com/
Opened in 1984, this theatre has a wide and varied programme of events featuring both professional and community productions. The main Auditorium seats 450 and plays host to major leading theatrical companies, including Opera, Dance, Drama, Comedy, Light Entertainment, Variety, Popular Children’s Shows and more. The Myers Studio seats up to 80 and is used as a regular venue for professional productions, and Studio Jazz evenings, children’s shows and community events. Both are available for both corporate hire and private hire. 42 Ashley Ave, Epsom KT18 5AL. 01372 742555 www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/
The Nomad Theatre
We are a community, not-for-profit theatre group, occupying a professionally designed theatre space. We produce a variety of shows, year-round, as well as showcasing affiliate groups on our stage. Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6RT. www.nomadtheatre.com/
The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema, Redhill
The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema is a vibrant arts and entertainment venue in Redhill, Surrey. Designed as a cultural hub to host a range of live shows, screenings and community events, it comprises the main auditorium, a boutique cinema, three spacious meeting rooms, a licenced bistro café and exhibition space. The main auditorium has retractable tiered seating for an audience of 494 with space for a 30-piece orchestra and 40 artists backstage.
Warwick Rd, Redhill RH1 1NN. 01737 276500 www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/
Pinewood Cinema at The Korda Theatre
Pinewood Cinema features weekend only screenings showing the best independent and blockbuster releases. The box office opens for you to buy tickets online only. Tickets will remain available until sold out or 30 minutes before the film is due to start. Please note that there are no ticket sales at the door. Studios, Studios Rd, Shepperton TW17 0QD. www. pinewoodcinema.com/
Nova Cinema is located on Level 1 of the Peacocks Shopping Centre. Parking is available in the Blue and Yellow Shoppers Car Park. For those travelling by train, Woking Train Station is a short walk away. There are also regular bus services to the town centre.
The Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ. www.novacinema.com/
The Courtyard Theatre
the Courtyard Theatre was finally opened in March 1995 with a production of ‘Tom Jones’. Since then, much more has been added: dressing room facilities, a delightful Stable Bar, a fully equipped workshop and up-to-the-minute computerised sound and lighting equipment. Nowadays, the sleepy setting of the site belies the vibrant, busy atmosphere and creative energy inside. So come and sample the quality of our productions and maybe join us in making it all happen!
Longshaw, Hazelwood Ln, Chipstead, Coulsdon CR5 3QU. 01737 555680
The New Victoria Theatre opened in 1992 and established itself as one of the foremost theatres in the Southeast. Boasting state of the art facilities, excellent acoustics and clear sight lines it has hosted first class theatre from the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and the Peter Hall Company.
The Ambassadors, The Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ. 0333 009 6690
Tell us a little about the background of your firm?
Founded in 2009, Compass Construction is headed up by Commercial Director, Richard Taylor RICS and Construction Director, Steve Cadman. Compass Construction is the realisation of a pursuit to create a company that provides the highest standard in construction.
Talk us though the process you take new customers through?
We offer a complete Design & Build service for all types of new builds; this includes full Architectural and Engineering services from planning through to full design and completion.
Our service includes
• An initial consultation over the phone to discuss what you want and where you are in the process
• A site visit and ‘walk-through
• Acquisition of planning permission, if needed
• Guidance through the required building regulations
When the build is underway, we aim to keep you informed throughout and provide careful project management, so you will always be kept up to date on progress. Our emphasis is on consistency of quality, whether the job is large or small.
What advice would you give to a homebuyer who wants to improve and add value but is stuck for ideas?
Speaking with a professional like ourselves can be a good starting point. We offer a free consultation and can give you guidance on options you may have not considered that could work for your property and your budget.
Which aspect of your work gives you the most satisfaction?
Realising our clients dream, knowing that you have not only met, but surpassed their expectation of what they thought their build would be.
What kinds of renovation projects do you see becoming more popular in the future?
The pandemic has changed the way we work and interact with our homes and that is unlikely to change soon. With aspects of life that were mainly in purpose-built spaces now being recentred in the home, renovation projects are becoming more about creating adaptable spaces that retain that home feel. There is also a move to a more thoughtful approach to the use of the outdoor, incorporating the outside or opening up the inside to allow a more ‘outdoor’ feel to internal spaces.
If a Hamptons client is planning a significant renovation project, at what stage should they be making contact with RJC?
Its always good to get in contact as early as possible with any project. An ideal time is when plans are being drawn up and the client is starting to look for pricing as today’s homes require more complex electrical solutions. This gives the client and contractor a good amount of time to discuss design, specification and compatibility requirements for the project. We can also offer advice on aspects of their project they may have not thought about, as with all projects big or small there is a lot to think about.
Are you able to help landlords with their certification needs?
Yes, we can help with all electrical certification and works that a landlord may require, especially so with all the new regulations that are regularly updated which requires landlords to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at an interval of at least every 5 years. After inspections we notify the landlord of any unsafe conditions and can rectify if required, so their tenants have a safe electrical installation in their home. This ensures peace of mind for both parties.
What are the most common mistakes you find home owners make when renovating or remodelling? I wouldn’t like to say customers make common mistakes, but I would always advise they get a Professional, fully qualified and registered trade in to carry out any work that they are looking to do in their homes. This will not only give them a finished product to the highest of standards but also give them the peace of mind that the work has been carried out safely and adheres to regulations.
What services do you offer for the outside of properties?
We can cater for a wide aspect of outside electrical work, such as and not limited to the following:
• Aesthetic landscape lighting
• Electric vehicle charging points
• Hot tub wiring
• Security lighting
• Garden home offices
• Outside sockets
We always advise getting in contact with any queries and/or ideas and we will endeavour to help achieve the result they want.
How can you help homeowners save money on their bills?
Firstly, we can offer advice to homeowners with ways they can be more energy aware in their home and the way they are using their electrical appliances. To aid further, an energy monitor can be installed to allow a homeowner a visual real time display of energy being used help them to be more energy efficient. We can upgrade lighting from halogen to LED. This is an attractive, eco-friendly, and cost-effective alternative to traditional lighting. In a lot of cases converting to LED can gain up to 90% saving on energy used by lighting circuits. Furthermore, upgrading heating controls to smart controls can be another cost-effective way of saving money on energy bills and giving a client more control over when their heating is switching on and off. There are many other effective ways to help reduce energy consumption depending on each individual household, which we would be happy to advise on.
Our success is built on holistic and personalised character education to meet the needs of each individual. It is the idea that school is not just a stepping stone to ‘something next’, but a vital and important part of the here and now. We are creating successful lifelong learners and global citizens who will always positively impact the world around us.
Put simply, it is a passion for excellence.
This means that every young person as far as is humanly possible is achieving the best that they can in whatever sphere that may be. We have the highest possible expectations of them in exchange for an abundance of opportunities for personal growth and learning experience. Your child will become the very best version of themselves.
This is what we do.
Genuine education brings transformational change. This is what happens at Box Hill School. Boxhillians learn, grow, question, lead and become, achieving excellent academic outcomes alongside developing compassion, understanding and wisdom. We take young people out of their comfort zones and they become resilient, daring participants in our community and beyond.
This isn’t just a school, it is ‘school as it should be’. Bringing together girls and boys, junior and senior, local day students alongside nationals from many different countries, we look forward to every moment of every day together.
If you like the sound of this, we are the school for you. We would be delighted to meet you and show you around. Explore more at www.boxhillschool.com.
Dorking is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages.
We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.
The Deepdene Trail is a walking trail, just a 15-minute stroll from Dorking’s town centre and railway stations. Visitors can enjoy free access to one of the country’s most historically significant gardens – privately owned since their creation in the 17th Century. Guided by a mobile App that reveals glimpses of the landscape as it was in the early 1800’s, the story of the picturesque, Regency landscape and its owners is presented for all ages to enjoy. Deepdene Ave, Dorking RH5 4AE. 01306 885001 www.deepdenetrail.co.uk/
Three rooms on the ground floor of the Museum have been made into one huge area. We were lucky enough to work alongside Museum designer Chris Jones and his brilliant ideas for the space. All the artefacts have gone through a rigorous quarantine check before they came back into the main building to avoid any nasties such as woodworm or moths being brought into contact with any other artefacts. Many beautiful pieces have been given to the Dorking Museum over the years from Daniells Ginger Beer Bottles (found in gardens all over Dorking) to exquisite pieces of Wedgwood that have been donated by the Wedgwood family. Everyone involved with the Museum worked so hard to get us open again and we are immensely proud of what we have done so far.
62 West St, Dorking RH4 1BS. 01306 876591 www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk/
Bocketts Farm Park
Bocketts Farm is a working family farm set in the beautiful Surrey countryside. The combination of animals and play areas, both inside and out, make our farm one of the South East’s most popular all weather attractions. Whether it’s a family day out, a school or group trip or one of our popular birthday parties, you can be sure to have fun, come rain or shine. Watch the pig race, take a pony ride, hop on board the tractor and trailer, cuddle cute rabbits and feed our many wonderful farm animals. Being a working farm, there are always baby animals to see including lambs, kids, piglets and chicks. With trampolines, giant slides, a bouncy pillow, 2 large indoor play barns and outdoor adventure trails, plus lovingly homemade food in our gorgeous Old Barn Tearooms, Bocketts Farm Park makes for a brilliantly exciting day out for the entire family! Young St, Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9BS. 01372 363764
Paint Your Own Ceramics with Calli’s Corner-Dorking
At Calli’s Corner we offer Paint Your Own Ceramics, Foam Clay decorating on ceramic bisque or wooden character boards, Make A Teddy which includes decorating a ceramic name badge and t Shirt for teddy. We also have Glass Fusion, Pottery Throwing, Clay Workshops, acrylic and painting kits. We have plenty of great samples to help inspire you, and our expert advice to get you on your way.
66 South Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 2HD. 01737844815
The Surrey town of Reigate is well known for its ‘caves’ which riddle the town centre, although these are in fact largely old sand mines. The castle mound overlooking Reigate town centre is composed of soft sandstone and has been mined over several centuries. The castle has long gone but the mound and many of its excavations remain. Known locally as the “Reigate Caves”, tours include the Barons’ Cave in the Castle Grounds and the East and West Caverns in Tunnel Road. Your view of Reigate might change once you have experienced what lies beneath your feet!
Tunnel Rd, Reigate RH2 0JY.
From Camels to Coatis, Hobbledown is home to a wide collection of farm and zoo animals, all housed in spacious enclosures with plenty of room to roam and play. Don’t miss our wonderful walkthroughs, where you can get up close to Lorikeets, Lemurs, Giant Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Goats! Or try one of our Experience Days - whether it’s Feeding the Meerkats, Handling Birds of Prey, or the Full Zookeeper Experience, we have plenty of ways to give your animal-loving Hobbling a very special day.
Horton Ln, Epsom KT19 8PT. 01372 848990
Join us for a Farm Trail – A chance to see all our animals, including our main barn, rabbit walk, top barn and pond walk. Animal Holding – An opportunity to get up close to some of our smaller animals. Indoor Playbarn – Children can climb and explore our Indoor Playbarn. Please note during peak times, we will operate 30 minute sessions within this area. Courtyard Kitchen – NEW Restaurant is now open, with our full menu for indoor and outdoor dining. Wiglet’s Cafe and Topshop – For take-away only with a limited menu. These areas are weather permitting. Outdoor play areas – Including our adventurous playground, sandpits, and ride on toys. With NEW Den Building area and expanded Construction Site available in our Top Play Area. Kate’s Garden – NEW Wilding Play Area where you can create your own natural fun. Gift Shop – Where you can purchase animal feed, day trip essentials, souvenirs and toys.
Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, RH9 8LX. 01883 742546
Explore Leith Hill countryside, we are open daily from dawn to dusk. There are many footpaths and bridleways that allow you to explore the countryside. Explore Leith Hill Tower. The top of this striking 18th century Gothic tower marks the highest point in Southeast England at 1029ft (313m). We also have Tanhouse Farm Shop which operates a small catering kiosk from the base of Leith Hill Tower. It’s open daily 11am-3pm and serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and light snacks.
Leith Hill Ln, Dorking RH5 6LY. 01306 711685
Tell us a little about your background and how Greenbuild came into being?
Most of the team come from carpentry and general building backgrounds. Nico Spurrier started out in 2005 and owns the business. He has since added key Greenbuild team members Joe Brikkels, Bayram Perek and Paul Budd to run departments, manage sites and deliver projects efficiently.
How would you summarise your strengths and expertise?
Renovating property and creating beautiful homes is our speciality. At GreenBuild we strive to deliver a service that surpasses expectations. Our focus is always to add value to your home and lifestyle, creating beautiful, functional rooms and living spaces. We believe excellent communication and a thorough understanding of precisely what you want to achieve in your home or workplace is absolutely key to delivering a successful project.
What is the most satisfying part of your job?
We really enjoy the transformation of existing to new. It’s a lot of hard work but seeing the client’s aspirations becoming a reality and then handing over the finished property is obviously extremely enjoyable and satisfying for all involved.
Talk us through your customer process from that initial enquiry?
BRIEF We listen to your requirements and understand how you want to use the space. We then begin to develop a plan.Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Once briefed we will work with architectural plans, specifications and materials required for the project.
A thorough and accurate schedule of works and costs will be provided including options that can be scaled up or removed from the project.
Our site will be kept clean, tidy and fully compliant with Building Regulations and Health & Safety protocols. All our work is carried out with consideration
HANDOVER We sign off the house back into your care, after working through a list of final outstanding items.
When you work with GreenBuild we take the stress out of the design and construction process, clarifying complex issues and meeting any challenges along the way, allowing you to take a step back to enjoy the excitement, joy and satisfaction of seeing your dreams come to life. We would love to hear more about your next project, please get in touch.
Tell us about a project you’re particularly proud of?
The property in the image on the oppostire page is Printmakers Place - an amazing conversion of what was a fairly nondescript 1970s bungalow into a Grand Designs style property.
Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.
Our very strong, well-qualified and committed team of staff deliver quality lessons, provide care and support and offer a remarkable range of extracurricular opportunities, which form a distinctive feature of the school. These include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and our annual dramatic musical production, which both attract high levels of student participation. We offer many additional opportunities, including international visits and exchanges, as well as outstanding computing resources. Our excellent facilities include a Sports Hall and an Arts Centre for Music, Drama and Art. We value and recognise the contributions and achievements of all individuals in many ways and involve students in decisions regarding rewards, as well as other areas of school life. Through such discussion and participation, we encourage students to develop respect for others and understand their responsibilities.
Ashcombe Rd, Dorking RH4 1LY. 01306 886312 www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/
Our aims and values. Inspiring Learning, Nurturing Wholeness. Our school aim is to ensure that we consistently provide an environment which inspires learning and nurtures wholeness. In all we do and say, we support one another to be successful in applying the school values
St Paul’s Rd W, Dorking RH4 2HS. 01306 883547 www.stpaulsschool-dorking.co.uk/
We are a multi-faith school and base our school ethos on a strong values curriculum. We focus on fostering a ‘growth mindset,’ which values effort, personal development, and progress, aiming to equip children with the skills and attitudes to become life-long learners. More recently, a passion for promoting good mental health has led us to bring mindfulness into our school curriculum – a practice we are developing across the school.
Longfield Rd, Dorking RH4 3DF. 01306 883373 wwww.powellcorderoy.co.uk/
The Priory School is a strong academic institution. All Priory students are encouraged to explore their talents and passions, nurtured to exceed all expectations, and fully prepared to realise their potential; educated for life in all its fullness. We take a holistic approach to every individual’s education and believe that learning is a partnership between the school and everyone. We ensure that students are supported at every turn and that they feel comfortable, respected, safe and secure in their environment.
W Bank, Dorking RH4 3DG. 01306 887337 www.thepriorycofe.com/
Box Hill School has a long heritage of delivering first-class learning in a warm, supportive, holistic and nurturing atmosphere.For nearly sixty years we have proudly remained a truly independent school. A founder member of ‘Round Square’ alongside Gordonstoun in Scotland and Aiglon College in Switzerland, we promote international understanding, democracy, a care for the world around us, a sense of adventure, and the qualities of leadership and service. We see excellent academic results as an outcome of a focus on character.
London Rd, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6EA. 01372 373382
At Belmont School we believe that the happiness and well-being of every pupil is of paramount importance and lies at the heart of a successful education. We invest in these qualities in a school where kindness, respect and first-class pastoral care underpin all that we do. We have inspirational teachers whose dynamism and energy enrich the pupils’ educational experiences using their impressive skills, creativity, and enthusiasm. We believe in achievement for every boy and girl, and the pupils at Belmont exude a palpable energy that speaks for itself.
Belmont School, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6LQ. 01306 730852
There is no ‘one size fits all’ at St Teresa’s; our girls are individuals and valued as such. No one is invisible, and we know who needs to be stretched and who needs extra help. This commitment to individual care underpins our whole ethos and approach to teaching each and every student within our care. We believe that happy girls thrive. A ‘can-do’ attitude is encouraged at all times, and a wide range of opportunities both within and beyond the curriculum enables girls to develop and discover new abilities, interests and talents while they study towards achieving first-rate GCSEs and A levels.
St Teresa’s, Effingham, Surrey RH5 6ST. 01372 452037
Bright Horizons Dorking Day Nursery and preschool is conveniently located close to Dorking train station and provides high-quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years. With a large garden and in walking distance to a park, the children can take advantage of a variety of resources at the nursery, including an Art Studio and a sensory room for the younger children. The nursery also offers swimming lessons for the preschool children.
Active Learning House, Moores Rd, Dorking RH4 2BG. 020 3824 7087
Hurtwood combines the best elements of the traditional boarding school system with the best elements of the modern sixth form college to create a wholly unique and individual establishment. While breaking new ground educationally, it has retained traditional values and has created an inspirational but safe stepping-stone between school and university.
1 Radnor Lane, Dorking RH5 6NU. 01483 279000
a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.
Dorking R.F.C. DRFC GYM
The rehabilitation centre and gym is a fully functional facility to give our members a chance to ensure that they can stay on top of any physical conditioning that they might want to undertake with the support of our in house fully qualified strength and conditioning coach.
Anytime Fitness Dorking
Let’s Make Healthy Happen at, Anytime Fitness Dorking. Our friendly, professional staff are trained to help you on your fitness journey, no matter how much support you need. Membership includes a free, nopressure fitness consultation, access to more than 160 UK and 4,500+ gyms worldwide, and always open 24/7 convenience. All in a welcoming club and supportive member community. Visit or call for an appointment today.
Unit 3, 285 - 293 High St, Dorking RH4 1RL. 01306 400247
Dorking Sports Centre
We’re passionate about helping you stay physically active and emotionally engaged in fitness, sport and wellbeing. Our mission is to put our heart and soul into ‘creating active places and healthy people’ - it’s about creating a place for everyone. From Swimming to Tennis, cycling studio or gym. We have everything for your family to stay fit and healthy.
Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SN. 01306 870180
Betchworth Park Golf Club
This club nestles under the North Downs overlooked by the legendary Box Hill beauty spot. Founded in 1911 and laid out by the distinguished architect Harry S.Colt, this parkland course offers 18 holes of delightful but challenging golf to its members and visitors. Betchworth Park is a members’ club, run by the members for their benefit and visitors.
Reigate Rd, Brockham, Dorking RH4 1NZ. 01306 882052
The Yoga Centre
Welcome to Dorking Yoga. We have been established primarily as a Yoga Centre in Dorking for twenty years and now, with the world changing, we are offering online Live stream Yoga classes to our clients instead of studio classes. Still interactive, still very much a community, not yoga videos. For those wishing to visit the studio, we have nurtured a fun and lovely bunch of students here who practice their yoga together in a non-intimidating, safe and clean environment. A light and airy studio with easy parking, showers and changing facilities.
South House, 21-37 South St, Dorking RH4 2JZ. 07969 349973
The Pilates Room is a small, well-equipped studio based in the centre of Dorking with a dedicated and professional team. Our classes are a maximum of 9, thus enabling our teachers to give clients individual attention to help good alignment and movement. We also offer 1:2:1 and 1:2:2 sessions which we would encourage clients to take if they have never done Pilates before or are returning after surgery, injury or illness.
173 High St, Dorking RH4 1AD. 07733 419411
We are a friendly club based in Dorking, training in all aspects of Brazillian juijitsu and submission grappling. We pride ourselves on creating a fun but hard working environment. We cater to all levels and have classes for kids and beginners.
26-28 Hampstead Rd, Dorking RH4 3AF. 07706 697339
We are a members’ club that prides itself on its friendly atmosphere. We offer excellent tennis, squash and squash 57 facilities for families, couples and individuals across all age groups and standards. There is also a small gym, and The Club has a clubhouse and bar hosting extensive and regular social activities. In addition to regular social tennis, squash and racketball, all of which are played throughout the year, The Club runs active leagues and tournaments and is represented at high level in county tennis and squash leagues. Coaching programmes are available for all levels.
Roman Rd, Dorking RH4 3ET. 01306 889009
We are a brand-new independent boutique gym set in the beautiful Surrey Hills. We have a wide range of equipment, all with the latest tech (personal TVs, Netflix, Spotify, Climate Control and more. Exercise in peace and quiet with beautiful views over our glistening lakes, manicured golf course, and Japanese sunken garden.
Standon Lane, Dorking RH5 5PQ. 01306 627555
We believe passionately in our open kitchen philosophy. This means we share our ideas, our creative process and of course our cooking with our guests, and with talented chefs. We look forward to welcoming you.
77 South St, Dorking RH4 2JU. 01306
Arto is an independent restaurant that offers a varied menu, inspired by the idea of simple and honest cooking with a Mediterranean twist. Experience classic recipes to new age kitchen adventures, where each dish reflects our passion for the highest quality food using fresh ingredients. Join us at Arto today in a relaxed and informal environment.
170-172 High St, Dorking RH4 1BG. 01306
At La Cucina Dorking we see food as art and as such take the time to prepare each dish we serve, like we would be creating any masterpiece. Make a reservation and see for yourself how exciting Italian food can really be...
55 West St, Dorking RH4 1BS. 01306
A modern business lounge, restaurant & bar and safe deposit centre in Dorking. Whether you’re looking to keep your valuables safe, for a co-working office space, or a casual meal and a drink, Deepdene has you covered.
285-293 High St, Dorking RH4 1RL. 01306 430161
An authentic Italian branch restaurant, serving signature dishes and freshly baked serving stone-baked pizzas and all the pasta classics, plus we have a wide selection of deserts serving our own-brand ice creams.
33 South St, Dorking RH4 2JZ. 01306 742885
Sang Thai restaurant in Dorking serving all the classics as well as modern dishes in a relaxing and intimate setting. Our diverse but simple menu offers a flavoursome selection of Thai salads, noodles, curries and stir-fries with an authenticity and freshness that surpasses expectations. Plenty of well-presented Thai style dishes from the grill, cooked by a team of exceptional Thai chefs, trained and schooled in the most famous destinations of Thailand’s culinary societies. With recipes and techniques, they have perfected through years of experience.
274 High St, Dorking RH4 1QT. 01306 887886
Located on South Street in Dorking, Chilli and Spice is an authentic Indian restaurant and takeaway where we offer the finest Indian dishes for you to enjoy. At Chilli and Spice you can book a table and enjoy our beautiful surroundings whilst eating from traditional Curries, Specials, Masala’s, Biryani’s and more. All the dishes served at Chilli and Spice are freshly prepared and cooked to the highest standard.
84 South St, Dorking RH4 2EW. 01306 883239
Here at the New Fountain Garden we offer the best in Chinese cuisine along with friendly staff and beautiful surroundings. Our restaurant, located in Dorking’s famous West Street, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed meal out.
16 West St, Dorking RH4 1BL. 01306 876788
Dorking Brasserie has been serving fine Indian cuisine with a modern twist since 2004. We serve all your traditional favourites, but by far the most popular choices for customers are the delicious Daily Specials. See the specials board to see the choice for the day. Also, if you would like to be a little more adventurous the staff will happily recommend something new for you to try.
Highland Cottage, Junction Rd, Dorking RH4 3HB. 01306 742448
At TANDOORI NIGHTS | DORKING we offer meals of excellent quality and invite you to try our delicious food. The key to our success is simple: providing quality consistent food that taste great every single time. We pride ourselves on serving our customers delicious genuine dishes. Eat delicious food. Grab a drink. But most of all, relax.
5-6, New Parade, London Rd, Dorking RH4 1RQ. 01306 887860
Red Chilli Restaurant and Takeaway known to be ‘Surrey’s best Indian’ opened in 2005 bringing together an authentic, diverse and adventurous menu. We offer an array of dishes from kurma’s to vindaloos, representing all corners of the Indian subcontinent. Our mission is to serve our customers with the finest Indian cuisine. We server customers with utmost respect and in an environment where all visitors are welcome. Our restaurant has beautiful modern decor and atmosphere.
Horsham Road A24, Mid Holmwood, Dorking RH5 4EH. 01306 644817
Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.
‘Virtually’ all you need
We love Dorking
What’s On In Dorking
The Dorking Hub
The Dorking and Surrounds Community Support Group
We love Surrey
Dorking and Surrey Local History
Friends of Dorking
You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here.. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm
You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax.
Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Dorking Town Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link.
If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do.
Please note that many developments will require both.
Planning is the process of deciding whether a proposed development should go ahead or not. It uses national and local policies to consider the development in its context and may look at the impact of the work on neighbours and the wider community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed infrastructure (such as drains, transport and schools). You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following:
• create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building
• affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties
• affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes
• work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas
• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access
• change the density of development in an area
• use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties
• have an effect on existing trees
Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural quality of any building work, in areas such as safety, public health, accessibility, and the materials used. Most substantial building projects (such as an extension, knocking down walls or converting a garage or loft) will need Building Regulations approval.