Effingham Parish Council




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Effingham’s Neighbourhood Plan has reached a landmark stage. Following approval by Effingham Parish Council, and strong support from residents in a parish-wide survey, the Plan has now been formally submitted to Guildford Borough Council. The next steps will be a formal consultation, then a formal Examination which may require changes, aand finally a referendum of all Effingham residents to decide whether the Neighbourhood Plan is to be adopted.


You can view and download the Submission Neighbourhood Plan, together with the Evidence Base and supporting documentation, on the Neighbourhood Plan page.






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 16 May 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.




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 30 May 2017

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2017-18