High Court Injunction - Chobham Common

On 11 November 2019 the High Court granted to the council a final injunction lasting three years forbidding persons unknown occupying Land and/or depositing waste or fly-tipping on land from:

  1. Setting-up an encampment on Chobham Common without written permission from the Local Planning Authority or planning permission granted by a planning inspector;
  2. Occupying any part of Chobham Common for residential purposes (temporary or otherwise) including with caravans, mobile homes, vehicles and residential paraphernalia without written permission from the Local Planning Authority or planning permission granted by a planning inspector;
  3. Bringing on Chobham Common any vehicle whether for the purposes of disposal of waste and materials or otherwise, other than when driving through the County of Surrey or in compliance with the Parking Orders regulating the use of car parks or with written permission from the Local Planning Authority or express permission from the owners of the Land;
  4. Depositing any personal, domestic or commercial waste and/or fly-tipping on Chobham Common.

The Land in this Order means Chobham Common, Surrey.

The final injunction contains a penal notice which means anyone breaching it may be held in contempt of court and may be imprisoned, fined or have their assets seized.

The final injunction order remains in force until midnight on 10 November 2022.

The final injunction order, with claim form, notice of application and evidence in support is accessible via the document links below.

Update October 2022

On 5 September 2022 Surrey County Council issued proceedings in the High Court seeking a fresh injunction for protection of Chobham Common, forbidding 'Persons Unknown' from:

  1. setting up an encampment within the boundaries of Chobham Common without the express written permission of the Claimant as Landowner;
  2. entering or occupying for residential purposes within the boundaries of Chobham Common without the express written permission of the Claimant as Landowner:
  3. depositing waste or fly-tipping within the boundaries of Chobham Common without the express written permission of the Claimant as Landowner.

On 21 October 2022, the High Court granted the Council's application for alternative service of the claim. A PDF version of the Court Order granting alternative service of the claim is available in the list of files below.

A PDF version of the Claim Form and Particulars of Claim is available in the list of files below, along with the evidence in support (PDFs).

Hard copies can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Surrey County Council, Woodhatch Place, 11 Cockshot Hill, Woodhatch, Reigate, RH2 8EF;
  • Surrey County Council, Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ;
  • Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3HD;
  • Chobham Parish Council, Chobham Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, Woking GU24 8AJ;
  • Bagshot Community Library, High Street, Bagshot GU19 5AH;
  • Lightwater Library, 83A Guildford Road, Lightwater GU18 5SB

Copies of these documents are also located at each entrance/access to Chobham Common.


Files available to download