The Public Inquiry for the Berkeley Homes’ appeal against refusal of their planning application 21/P/01306 for additional ‘enabling’ homes to be build on green belt land at Effingham Lodge Farm will begin on Tuesday 20thSeptember, at 10.00 am at the Guildford Borough Council Offices, Millmead, Guildford.

Effingham Parish Council is a ‘rule 6’ party at the Inquiry; we have four witnesses presenting evidence to support the case for refusal, with barrister Scott Stemp acting as our advocate. You can view the Parish Council’s Statement of Case and the Proofs of Evidence of our witnesses on our planning webpage here. All documents including evidence from the Borough Council and Berkeley Homes are available from the Borough Council’s planning portal.

The Inquiry is expected to last for up to 11 days, sitting on 20th – 23rd September at Guildford, then on 27th – 30th September and 4th, 5th & 7th October at the Waverley Borough Council Offices in Godalming. Members of the public may attend the Inquiry on any of the sitting days. The Parish Council would particularly welcome public attendence on the first day of the Inquiry, when you can hear the opening submissions from counsel, and the Inspector may allow members of the public to address the Inquiry on that first day.

Arrangements have been made to allow the public to attend online, using Microsoft Teams. For more details about this and the practical arrangements, please see the letter from Guildford Borough Council.