Effingham Cllr Liz Hogger gives her views on Howard/ Berkeley Homes joint venture

Extract from Guildford Dragon our local Councilor explains her position over the Howard/ Berkeley Homes Joint Venture

Liz Hogger

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Michael Bruton  Reply

September 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

May I ask whether Cllr Hogger supports the plans to build 300+ homes on the site of the Howard of Effingham School and to relocate that school onto green belt land ?

The Horsley & Clandon Borough Councillors have to date, been unwilling/unable to give a yes/no answer to the proposed “Wisley New Town” of 2,100 homes on the Metropolitan Green Belt.

Perhaps though Councillor Hogger could give a yes/no answer on the Howard scheme?

Please see: Council Leader Should Resign – Says Effingham Residents Association

Cllr Liz Hogger Reply
  • September 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I’m happy to respond to this, but I need to take the question in two parts.

    First, as far as the Local Plan is concerned, I am opposed to the inclusion within the plan of the Howard of Effingham School proposal (site allocation 69) and opposed to the insetting and expansion of Effingham’s settlement area to accommodate this. I have submitted my own response to Guildford Borough Council (GBC) on this.

    My major points are:

    1. There is no strategic need for an ‘improved secondary school’: Howard of Effingham has an excellent reputation and is over-subscribed on its current site. Although a modern rebuilt school may be desirable, it is not essential and therefore has no place in the Draft Local Plan which is a strategydocument.

    2. The amount of housing proposed as enabling development (310 homes) would result in a substantial growth of Effingham (31 per cent) contrary to the Settlement Hierarchy which categorises Effingham as a ‘Large Village’ – defined as a village unsuitable for substantial growth but capable of accommodating a proportionate extension.

    Secondly, a planning application is expected soon from Berkeley Homes for the rebuilding of the Howard of Effingham School, plus enabling development of nearly 300 homes, on the same green belt land identified in the Draft Local Plan.

    That application must be considered on its own merits in the light of current planning policy, so it will need to put forward a strong case for very special circumstances of educational need to justify the use of so much green belt and answer significant concerns about the infrastructure implications, especially traffic generation.

    I will of course reserve judgement on that until the application comes before the Planning Committee.

    I might add that I am also opposed to the Draft Local Plan proposal for a new settlement at the former Wisley Airfield, but I won’t take up more space explaining why.

    Liz Hogger is the Lib Dem borough councillor for Effingham