Effingham confirmed as new Neighbourhood Planning Area

New Neighbourhood Area for Effingham

Effingham residents can help shape future development through a new Neighbourhood Area.

The Council gave the go-ahead for the Effingham Neighbourhood Area on Monday 8 April. Effingham Parish Council will take on a neighbourhood planning role within the parish boundary. A map of the new Neighbourhood Planning Area can be see by clicking on the link below.

Carol Humphrey, Head of Planning Services, says: “The approval of the Neighbourhood Area is great news for Effingham. It is the second to be set up in the borough and follows the recent launch of the first Neighbourhood Forum and Area in Burpham. It will offer residents the chance to get involved in local issues and have a say on future growth.”

The Localism Act 2011 introduced new rights to help communities shape development in their area. Parish or town councils and neighbourhood forums can prepare neighbourhood plans. These set out general planning policies for the use of land. The plans must still meet national and local planning policies.

Paula Moss, Parish councillor for Effingham and Chair of the Village Plan Steering Committee, says: “Development of a Neighbourhood Area Plan is a key part of the Parish Council’s overall strategy to help local people shape the future development of our village. Effingham has a strong sense of community and we want to encourage everyone to get involved and have their say.

“The Neighbourhood Area will enable us to prepare planning policy that addresses local needs in a sustainable way – we can look at our housing, infrastructure and business requirements as well as reviewing the amenities and facilities offered by the village. The people of the parish can now have a greater say in what development looks like and where it goes.”

Effingham village is located to the west of Guildford and is home to around 2,500 residents.

The first community meeting is to take place on Tuesday 16 April at 7.30pm in the KGV Hall, Browns Lane, Effingham.