Last night (30 March 2022), Guildford’s Planning Committee voted to reject planning application 21/P/01306, to build 110 homes on the Green Belt on the north-western part of Effingham Lodge Farm site. Berkeley Homes had argued that they needed the extra homes to pay for the replacement Howard of Effingham School in addition to the 295 homes already approved.
During 2021 the West Surrey Badger Group confirmed the presence of a well established Badger Sett in Thornet Wood (part of the ELF site), with current activity. This despite the Developers ecological report stating that there were no badgers present on the site. Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, it is an offence to damage, destroy or block access to a badger sett, or to disturb badgers in their setts. So hopefully current activity on building the access road on the ELF site will not disturb the badgers.
Details of the decisions notices will be published on the GBC website in the next few days.