Effingham Parish Council






On 9 March 2016, Guildford Borough Council's Planning Committee refused the planning application (14/P/02109) from Berkeley Homes to rebuild the Howard of Effingham School on Effingham Lodge Farm, paid for by enabling development of 295 new homes, all to be built on Green Belt land. Effingham Parish Council had objected to this application (read the objection from the  Appeal page).


Berkeley Homes and The Howard Partnership Trust have appealed against the refusal, and a Public Inquiry before a Planning Inspector is set to start on 7 March 2017, and is expected to last 12 days. The Planning Inspectorate's reference number for the appeal is APP/Y3615/W/16/3151098.


Effingham Parish Council are instructing barristers and will be a full party to the Inquiry, supporting the Borough Council's refusal of the application. The Parish Council's 'Statement of Case' has now been submitted to the Inspectorate, and can be viewed or downloaded on the Appeal page.




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After three years of public engagement, including public meetings, an online forum and a parish-wide housing survey, the Parish Council is pleased that Effingham’s Neighbourhood Plan has reached its crucial ‘Pre-Submission Consultation’ stage. This Plan will help shape Effingham’s future, and make residents’ voices heard on planning proposals affecting our village and the wider parish. 


You can view and download the full Consultation Neighbourhood Plan, together with a Summary and Guide, a Consultation Survey Form and supporting documentation, on the Neighbourhood Plan page.


To have your say, fill in and return the Survey to the Parish Room, or email the Clerk, by 12 noon on Monday 18 July. (Remember to include your name and address so that your representation can be logged.)





The Parish Council Chairman's Annual Report includes an update on Effingham's developing Neighbourhood Plan, on Guildford Borough Council's draft Local Plan and on the refused Berkeley Homes planning application. You can read it here.







Guildford Borough Council have stated their intention to consult on a revised Local Plan in June 2016, following their consultation in 2014 on the first draft. Effingham Parish Council’s response to the 2014 consultation can be viewed here. For further information and correspondence on the Local Plan, click here.



Welcome to our website

We want to help you better understand what the Parish Council is, how it works, and what it does in the village. We also hope it will be a useful point of contact for residents who want to keep in touch with each other.



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There are links and contact details for many other village organisations.



The galleon used as this website's logo is the emblem of both the Parish Council and the village. It is the Ark Royal, the flagship of the English fleet in which Lord Howard of Effingham successfully faced the Spanish Armada in 1588. Sir Walter Raleigh had the ship built at Deptford in 1587 for his own use, but before launch she was purchased by Queen Elizabeth I for £5,000. Today’s HMS Ark Royal, 5th to bear the name, is still flagship of the ‘Senior Service’ – the navy. An emblem to live up to!


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