Following successful designation as a Neighbourhood Planning Area by Guildford Borough Council Effingham residents turned out in force this week to hear details about the new initiative. Especially pleasing was the wide representation from across the Planning Area.
Arnold Pindar, Chairman of Effingham Parish Council kicked off the meeting to a packed hall of residents drawn from across the local areas who were all anxious to learn more about Neighbourhood Planning and the opportunities available to residents under the new Localism legislation.
Borough Councillor Liz Hogger was on hand to give residents a much appreciated update on the progress of the Local Plan and highlighted the potential for Effingham’s Village Plan to integrate effectively into the wider plan for the borough.
Residents also had the opportunity to participate in an interactive session to make clear what they wanted and expected from the new plan. Paula Moss (Chair of The Effingham Village Plan Steering Committee) said
“It was really encouraging to see so many residents attend the session and really engage positively with the issues. It showed what we always knew – that Effingham has a strong community spirit and a lot of residents who really care about the area in which they live. I’m confident that this enthusiasm for the Effingham Village Plan will grow and grow”