Effingham Parish Council



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Effingham residents voted overwhelmingly in support of their Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum on 22 February 2018, with 93.5% voting ‘yes' in support of the Plan (843 yes votes out of 902 votes cast). From this point forward, the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan will become part of Guildford’s Development Plan, carrying full weight alongside the Local Plan in all planning decisions in Effingham ward. Around 44% of all Effingham residents voted in the referendum - a very high turnout for a Neighbourhood Plan referendum.


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


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.







The Secretary of State has just announced that the decision on the Appeal, previously expected by 22 February, has been delayed because of the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum. The letter from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says:

"The Secretary of State notes that the referendum on the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan is taking place on 22 February 2018. He considers that the referendum is of potential relevance to this case and having given the matter careful consideration, he has decided that this case should not be determined until after the result of the referendum....He will now issue his decision on or before 22 March 2018."


More details of the Appeal are given below, and on the Appeal page.




 UK Government Smart Meters Rollout 2020


The Government is rolling out smart meters into all homes and businesses before
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To understand the Benefits, find out more, or to contact your supplier please click on the
following link:-






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.



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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