ACT NOW – Have your say on the future of Effingham
Guildford Borough Council (GBC) is running a public consultation on the draft Local Plan which closes on
22 September. The Plan identifies land for development across the borough, and will have a big impact on the future of Effingham up until 2031. Effingham Parish Council and Effingham Residents Association are working together to make sure residents can have their say. You are invited to a public meeting on 13 September to discuss the issues and tell us your views (see details below).
How to have your say
For details of the draft Local Plan, visit website http://guildfordlocalplan.info/portfolio/getinvolved/ or
call in at the Parish Room, 3 Home Barn Court, The Street, 11.00 to 13.00 on Mondays and Thursdays
Residents have told us that the official GBC questionnaire, on-line or on paper, is confusing and awkward to complete. We recommend that you respond to GBC by email or by letter, making sure you give your name and address, and refer to the Policies and Site Allocations (see below) that you wish to comment on.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Local Plan Consultation, Planning Policy, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB
The key proposals affecting Effingham
- Policy 2: Spatial Development Strategy – 13,040 new homes to be built across the borough by 2031
- Policy 9: Villages – Effingham village is taken out of the Green Belt and the village boundary expanded
- Infrastructure Project 4.5.1 – refers to the construction of a car park on Effingham Common
- Site Allocation 66: the former Wisley Airfield – a new settlement of 2,100 homes just north of Ockham
- Site Allocation 69: Redevelopment of Howard of Effingham School – land at Effingham Lodge Farm, the existing Howard site and Browns Field is allocated for 310 new homes and an ‘improved’ school
- Site Allocation 89: Home Farm, Effingham – Calvert and Chester Roads and nearby fields are taken out of the Green Belt and land allocated for ‘up to six new Traveller pitches’
See overleaf for the provisional views of the Parish Council and the Residents Association – we will listen to residents at the Public Meeting before submitting our responses to GBC
Effingham’s Response to the draft Local Plan
Saturday 13 September 2014
11.00 a.m. in the King George V Hall, Browns Lane
Cllr Liz Hogger: Effingham Parish Council’s draft response to the Local Plan consultation
Cllr Andrea Lightfoot: The current position on the Howard of Effingham / Berkeley Homes proposals
Followed by comments from Effingham Residents Association and an Open Forum discussion
Doors open 10.00 to 15.00
View the Local Plan and discuss it with Parish Councillors and Residents Association committee members
Effingham’s Response to the draft Local Plan
Effingham Parish Council and Effingham Residents Association are preparing their responses to Guildford Borough Council’s draft Local Plan consultation, which closes on 22 September. We summarise below our provisional comments on the key issues affecting Effingham. To have your say, please
Write or email to Guildford Borough Council (details overleaf) and copy to us at
Effingham Parish Council, 3 Home Barn Court, The Street, Effingham, Surrey, KT24 5LG, or
Email clerk2010@EffinghamParishCouncil.gov.uk or email@example.com
Come to the Public Meeting on 13 September (details overleaf)
Policy 2: Spatial Development Strategy – 13,040 new homes to be built across the borough
- The housing target of 13,040 new homes, 652 per year over the twenty years 2011-2031, is too high. It fails to take account of infrastructure constraints, particularly already congested roads, and the need for very special circumstances if land is to be removed from the Green Belt.
- Brown-field land within the urban areas and within village boundaries should be developed first, before considering any green-field sites or Green Belt land.
Policy 9: Villages – Effingham village is taken out of the Green Belt & the boundary expanded
- The northern section of Effingham’s existing settlement boundary, i.e. north of the A246, contributes to the openness of the Green Belt and should therefore remain washed over by Green Belt.
- The northern settlement boundary could be extended to include developed portions of land at St Lawrence Primary School and the Howard of Effingham School, and the housing site at The Grove on the A246. Further extension as proposed in the map accompanying Policy 9, to include Browns Field, the allotments, the former school field on Church Street and Effingham Lodge Farm, CANNOT be justified.
- Expansion of the village boundary would create an unacceptable concentration of new homes by allowing around 350 new homes to be built – a 35% increase. This is inconsistent with GBC’s ‘Settlement Hierarchy’ which classifies Effingham as a ‘large village’ unsuitable for substantial growth.
Infrastructure Project 4.5.1 – refers to the construction of a car park on Effingham Common
- We are totally opposed to the construction of a car park on Effingham Common, which is registered as a Common under current legislation and must remain legally protected as green open space.
Site Allocation 66: former Wisley Airfield – a new settlement of 2,100 homes near Ockham
- This is an unsustainable location for so many homes. It would create chaos on already congested rural roads and on the A3/M25 junction, and pressure on services including schools, trains and health services.
Site Allocation 69: Redevelopment of Howard of Effingham School – Effingham Lodge Farm, existing Howard site and Browns Field allocated for 310 new homes and an ‘improved’ school
- There is no strategic need for an ‘improved secondary school’ in Effingham. This proposal has no place in the draft Local Plan which is a ‘strategy’ document.
- Effingham Lodge Farm is a wildlife corridor which prevents the merging of Effingham and Little Bookham. It serves the purposes of the Green Belt as set out in the NPPF and so should remain in the Green Belt.
- The development of Browns Field would damage the openness of the Green Belt, the setting of the historic village and Conservation Area, and the open nature of the village’s northern settlement area.
- Any planning application for this land should only be considered in the light of a strong case for special educational circumstances for development on Green Belt land.
Site Allocation 89: Home Farm, Effingham – Calvert and Chester Roads and nearby fields are taken out of the Green Belt and land allocated for ‘up to six new Traveller pitches’
- Home Farm should remain in the Green Belt, to protect the land from expansion beyond the six ‘rural exception homes’ for local families only (as in Policy 5), as agreed with Home Farm residents.