Plan to rebuild the Howard rejected by councillors
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser
By JHardwick | Posted: March 10, 2016
A Plan to expand Howard of Effingham school was rejected by councillors at a meeting last night (Wednesday).
The proposal would have included the construction of nearly 300 homes on green-belt land, with the school being relocated to Effingham Lodge Farm, an 80-acre site on the opposite side of Lower Road.
But it was rejected unanimously by Guildford Borough Councillors last night following an hour-long debate.
Speaking at the meeting, the school’s executive head Rhona Barnes told councillors: “Maintenance and repair costs are becoming unaffordable.
“We have approximately a quarter of the national recommendation of playing field space which puts a huge obligation on staff to monitor our students at break and lunch times in extremely cramped conditions.
But Effingham Parish councillor Paula Moss said: “A new expanded school is simply not supported by the community. This is an unsustainable proposal which undermines an emerging neighbourhood plan with broad support across the whole community.
“Already 88 per cent of all first choice applications, regardless of whether they meet any of the admissions criteria, gain places at the school.
“The community goes further than the school. Just 10 per cent of the Howard’s student body live in Effingham.
“This proposal will double the built up area of our village, heavily urbanise the historic open space and create traffic congestion at an unsustainable level all along Lower Road.
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Webcast recording of the full Planning Council meeting here