Conservation Community & Planning Group

Celebrating and protecting our built heritage and promoting vibrant local communities

The Dorking Society has been campaigning to protect and promote the character and amenities of the town and villages for nearly a century. It is now actively consulting on what its planning and conservation remit should be to meet the challenges of the 21st century and how best to represent the views of local people. To be part of the process and to have your voice heard, join the Society or sign up to receive our newsletters and mailings.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Society’s new Community, Conservation & Planning team, which aims to preserve the best of the past and to promote high quality, appropriate development, please get in touch with us. The Society is particularly looking to recruit people with expertise in planning, conservation and development issues, as well as those with an interest in other local amenities, such as transport infrastructure, the provision and maintenance of footpaths, green spaces and recreational facilities, town centre management and other issues which have an impact on the quality of life in the town and villages.

Please see our contacts page to get in touch with us.

The Dorking Society Blue Plaque scheme

The Society runs a commemorative blue plaque scheme in the town and villages to recognize local buildings with links to events or people of historical significance. In 2018 the Society unveiled two plaques to mark the centenary of the vote being granted to women.

The plaque at the Dutch House in South Holmwood celebrates the lives of Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, leaders of the women's suffrage movement and campaigners for peace and social justice; the plaque at 43 Howard Road, Dorking, marks the headquarters of the Dorking 'suffragette' campaign of 1912. If you would like to nominate a premises with strong links to a person of significance for consideration, please get in touch

A photo of The Dorking Society Blue Plaque Scheme
A photo of museum volunteers dressed as Suffragettes near new Blue Plaque
Photography credit: Roystan Williamson
A photo of museum volunteers dressed as Suffragettes