Effingham Parish Council



NOTE: the next Parish Council Meeting will be on 19 April, not on 26 April


Berkeley Homes/Howard of Effingham School – Planning Application REFUSED


On 9 March, 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 here).


Reasons for refusal included:

  • Inappropriate development in the Green Belt, with an insufficent case for very special circumstances, and effectively merging Effingham with Little Bookham
  • Damage to the rural character of Effingham village, to the Conservation Area and to the setting of Listed buildings
  • No provision of affordable housing
  • Possibility of a severe impact on local highways

The webcast of the Planning Committe meeting can be viewed here.





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.



 Village Plam logo


Effingham Parish Council is pleased to announce that the first draft Neighbourhood Plan is now available to view here, along with the formal Health Check. All comments are welcome - please email effinghamvillageplan@gmail.com or write to the Parish Council at the Parish Room.







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.



Scenic Effingham


On this site you can

  • ... and much more besides

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!


Upcoming event

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2016-17