Member of the National Organisation of Residents' Associations

The association aims to protect and enhance the amenities and semi-rural environment of the Bourne, Farnham.                                                                                                              


  • Keep an eye on highways, footpaths, public spaces, tree preservation orders and the stream
  • Review planning applications
  • Encourage measures that support local shops and businesses
  • Lobby authorities on matters that could adversely affect quality of life in the Bourne.
  • Independently monitor potential threats to locally listed buildings.                                      


If you would like to join then either complete the online form or print out the paper version and send it to the Membership Secretary

Online form

TBRA Joining Form Paper Form


     Bourne Green and Tennis Courts

         The Bourne Green and Tennis Courts                                                                                                                                                                   


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The date for the referendum for the Neighbourhood Plan will be on Thursday May 4th. It is imperative that all residents vote in favour of this plan. A majority vote is needed to enable this plan to be adopted.  



The Bourne Residents’ Association has been around for many years, representing the interests of members on issues that affect The Bourne such as development and Planning, the environment, traffic, schools and so on. It has had a distinct effect in a number of areas, most recently on the use of Bourne Woods for filming and the development of the Farnham Neighbourhood plan.

TBRA has always depended on willing volunteers to serve on the Committee and do the necessary work to understand and comment on issues, develop relationships with Councils, other Residents’ Associations and other stakeholders, and communicate with members. This can be a time consuming and sometimes onerous task, and over the last few years it has become harder to find people with the interest, time and energy to take on the various roles, particularly the Chair of the Association, who in the end tends to have to pick up much of the work.

Valerie Nye has been the Chair for 5 years, and on the Committee for many more. She has indicated she must now step down, and she is joined in that wish by three other Committee members. We have so far been unable to identify candidates to take over. As a result, and unless that situation changes, it is likely that the Committee will have to recommend to the membership that the activities of TBRA will have to cease, at least temporarily, and also recommend how any remaining funds held by TBRA will be dealt with.

At a time when the character of Farnham and The Bourne in particular are under threat from inappropriate residential development the role of TBRA in its key area of assessing Planning and Development issues is perhaps more important than for many years, and its demise certainly will not assist in resisting such developments.

Valerie and her colleagues have indicated they will remain in position for a maximum of 3 months to find a solution to this problem, or to plan the phase out of TBRA activities. If anyone has an interest in the activities of TBRA and would be prepared to serve on the Committee to take the Association forward, they should contact Valerie on 01252 714009 or


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Bourne Woods tree felling

We have received the following communication from our contact at the Forestry Commission:

 "I am writing to inform you and the Bourne residents that, as part of the planning application for filming at Bourne Wood, we will be felling the trees within the green coloured area in the second half of February (See attached map). The aspiration is transforming this area into heathland, which will provide suitable habitat for  many reptiles, invertebrates, small mammals and ground nesting birds. Some scatter trees will be left standing in order to provide perch for birds and habitat for other species of interest. 

Due to the conservation focus in this zone, we will fence off the area highlighted in the map with a red line in order to prevent uncontrolled dog access during the breeding season, fly tips from the road, etc.

The little triangular area to the west of the path will be fell as well because it could not be felled 6 years ago as we were unable to shut the power line off."

Map of the proposed felling: Bourne Woods 0117

If you have any queries please email me at and ill ensure your query is passed on.

Waverley Borough Local Plan part 1 Strategic Policies and Sites: This is now being independently examined by an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. This is a continuous process running from the date of submission - 21/12/2016 through to the receipt of the Planning Inspector's Report.

Part of this process will involve hearing sessions where those invited to attend will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by The Planning Inspector. Once confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised, including online at

2016 Newsletter 

Please follow the link to the 2016 Autumn newsletter which we sent out to all our members last year.

TBRA News Letter

New Village Signs

Two new village signs were erected at the end of January. They are both located on the A287 Frensham Road, one as you head south just past the entrance to Middle Bourne Lane. The other is heading north just before the entrance to Frensham Vale. Thanks to all of those who were involved in this project. I think you'll agree the signs look excellent.


LB Sign


AGM Minutes

Thanks to all of those who attended our meeting. Please find the Minutes in the attached document. AGM Minutes 2015.


Current Planning applications.

Although there are several planning applications always going through the council. We endeavour to look at the applications that will have an impact on the Bourne Community as a whole.

The current applications we are looking into are as follows:

Baker Oates: WA/2016/1234 Approval of reserved matters Landscaping, Appearance, Layout, and scale following the outline approval of the erection of 43 dwellings houses.  Permission Refused 18/11/2016


Frensham Vale:   Proposed development of 120 houses on land south of Frensham Vale. WA/2016/1266
All of planning applications can be viewed online on the Waverley website.
To see all the applications for Farnham Bourne ward simply select 'Ward List' on the left hand side of the page and select 'Farnham Bourne' from the drop down list.


Farnham in Bloom 2016

Bourne Beautification Project: Farnham achieved Gold: Britail in Bloom Silver Gilt



Association email address:

Bourne Beautification Project. Please look under Bourne Beautification Project at top of page. 

Amazing work continues at the Bourne Cross Roads and here are some pictures from last years efforts:





The association aims to protect and enhance the amenities and semi-rural environment of The Bourne, Farnham