Effingham Parish Council



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The Effingham Neighbourhood Plan has been produced by Effingham Parish Council in consultation with the local community, and sets planning policies for the Effingham Neighbourhood Area (Effingham Parish and Ward). If a majority of people who vote in the Referendum vote 'Yes' then those policies will become part of the Borough Council's Development Plan and will influence all future planning applications within Effingham Parish. 


You can vote in the Referendum if you live in the parish of Effingham, you are registered to vote in local elections, and you are 18 years of age or over on 22 February. Voting takes place at the King George V Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham on Thursday 22 February between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., or you can vote by post if you register with Guildford Borough Council Electoral Services by 7 February. 


For more information vist www.guildford.gov.uk/effinghamreferendum


You can download the Referendum Version of the Neighbourhood Plan here, or a printed version is available to read in the Parish Room.


You can view further information about Effingham's Neighbourhood Plan on the Neighbourhood Plan page.







Effingham Parish Council (EPC) and Effingham Residents Association (EFFRA) represented the views of Effingham residents at the recent Inquiry into the appeal by the developer, Wisley Property Investments Limited (WPIL). The appeal decision will be made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and is expected by April/May 2018. WPIL’s proposals for Wisley include the development of up to 2,068 dwellings on green belt land at the site of the former Wisley Airfield, with some buildings up to five storeys high. 


The views of Effingham Residents were surveyed in a questionnaire organised jointly by EPC and EFFRA in June and July. 96% of respondents oppose the proposed development and 89% believe it would significantly add to traffic congestion in Effingham and road safety issues. Respondents overwhelming see the proposed development causing the overcrowding of public services: 94% see a severe effect on parking at Effingham Junction station, 79% see a severe impact on availability of train seats at peak times and 80% see the waiting times at local GP surgeries increasing.

The full survey results can be viewed here.






The three-week Public Inquiry into the appeal by Berkeley Homes and The Howard Partnership Trust against refusal of planning application 14/P/02109 closed on Friday 2nd June. The application was 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. The Inspector has now submitted his report to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who will make the final decision whether to allow or dismiss the appeal. A decision is now expected on 22 February.


Effingham Parish Council instructed barrister Mr Scott Stemp and was a full party to the Inquiry, supporting the Borough Council's refusal of the application. Read the Parish Council's evidence to the Inquiry and Scott Stemp's closing submission on the  Appeal page.


The Parish Council's Press Release issued at the end of the Inquiry is available here.



COUNCIL TAX 2018/19 – have your say on proposed police funding


Would you be prepared to pay more in council tax to sustain our policing levels?


That is the question Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Munro is asking Surrey’s residents as he today launches his annual budget consultation to help him decide on the police precept for the next financial year.


The PCC is inviting the public to fill in a short online survey on whether or not they would support a proposed £12 increase a year to help protect frontline policing over the next year and create a more sustainable service in the years to come.


The survey, which closes at midnight on Sunday 14th January, can be found at   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Consultation201819



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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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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