Dorking & District Preservation Society

For almost 100 years, the Society has represented the local community by monitoring the legislation and evolution of local planning and development policies, and by maintaining a watchful eye on how our environment is to be improved for the future, and protected in its past.

We achieve this by the committed team work of the main elements of the Society; the DDPS Council itself overseeing all; the Dorking Museum (our window on the history of our area); the Local History Groups (in Dorking, Capel, Westcott, and Newdigate); and the Strategic Planning Group (who view countryside planning, conservation and road & air transport issues via a weekly consultation with Mole Valley District Council).

If you have an interest in any of these topics and would wish to support our aims and activities - either as an individual or family, company or organisation - we invite you to join the Society.

Best Best Development Competition:

The Society continues to run this annual competition, where we invite public approval (or disproval!) of completed building projects. To learn more, please download the leaflet and application form, via the link above.

For further information about the Dorking & District Preservation Society, please contact us at:

The Society was established in 1929 and is a registered charity, no 1107459