Effingham says Yes!

Effingham residents voted overwhelmingly in support of their Neighbourhood Plan yesterday. An astonishing 94% voted in support of the plan, which from this point forward will carry full weight in all planning decisions. Around 44% of all residents voted in the referendum – one of the highest turnouts for a Neighbourhood Plan referendum so far recorded.

Speaking on behalf of Effingham Parish Council, Chairman Arnold Pindar said:

“We are delighted with the result. This is a great moment for Effingham residents who have come out in great numbers to support the plan. The result will ensure that local people have a significant voice in planning issues.”

Borough Councillor, Liz Hogger, who has championed the plan at Borough level added:

“This is a significant result for Effingham. The scale of the turnout, one of the highest yet recorded for a Neighbourhood Plan, is an indication of the strength of support the plan has amongst Effingham residents, and reflects the importance local people place on conserving our environment for future generations.”

Paula Moss, Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan group, was also delighted with the result:

”A great many people have worked hard over the last 5 years to make this plan a reality. It is a testimony to the passion and determination of residents that the plan secured such high levels of support. On behalf of the Neighbourhood team I would like to thank all the people who worked with us to help shape the plan.  It’s a great community plan and and will help protect and conserve the things residents care most about in the village for years to come.”

IMG_0910Further information is available from the Parish Clerk 01372 454911.

The Neighbourhood Plan: Over to you!

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 16.46.13After three years of development, Effingham’s Neighbourhood Plan has reached its crucial ‘Pre Submission Consultation’ stage. The Parish Council is seeking formal comments from residents and other consultees, before the Plan is submitted to Guildford Borough Council. The Plan is the result of extensive engagement with residents, and other interested parties, through public events, surveys, and workshops. It is the Plan that the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Group (ENPAG) believes best meets the views and aspirations of our community.
The specific purpose of the Neighbourhood Plan is to set planning policies for the parish that will help shape and determine planning decisions in Effingham, including the number and type of new homes, where those homes are built, the protection of our Green Belt countryside and landscape, and design principles to preserve the character of the village and wider parish.

We will be delivering survey forms to all households in the parish over the next two weeks. Residents and interested parties can also comment upon the plan by using the comment form on this website.

Details of the consultation can be found by clicking the link here

Effingham Parish Council Approves Regulation 14 submission

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On Tuesday 19th April Effingham Parish Council approved a motion to press ahead with Regulation 14 Consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan. Around 50 residents attended the meeting in which the preferred draft plan was proposed by ENPAG Chair Paula Moss and seconded by Borough Councillor Liz Hogger. The motion was passed with only one objection.

The plan will now be taken forward and a formal consultation period will begin with residents in early May. The plan can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. All comments are welcome on the plan and should be directed by email to effinghamvillageplan@gmail.com

or via the Parish Clerk at the Parish Room at 3 Home Barn Court, The Street, Effingham. (01372 454911)

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ENPAG approves Draft Plan for presentation to EPC

The Neighbourhood Plan team met last night to review all the proposed policies for inclusion within the preferred draft of the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan. Members voted overwhelmingly on a motion to take forward their preferred draft for presentation to Effingham Parish Council on 19th April 2016.

If accepted by the council, the Draft Plan will then proceed to regulation 14 formal consultation with a planned village wide survey to be conducted in May. If accepted by residents the plan will be submitted to Guildford Borough Council. It will have reached a stage then when it will start to carry real weight in the planning process.

This is an exciting time for Effingham. As many local residents have commented, the influence of the Neighbourhood Plan can already be seen on the redrafted local plan and we hope as we move forward that influence will be greater still. We look forward to taking the plan to residents and working with the community to further improve the ideas in the plan.


Community workshops another great step forward for Effingham Neighbourhood Plan

A dedicated group of some 40 residents of Effingham braved cold and rain last Saturday to take part in community workshops on the number of new homes needed in the village, and where they should be built. The workshops, open to anyone in the civil parish, were organised by Effingham Parish Council as the next step in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan, moving towards the first formal consultation process in May.

Led by parish councillor Paula Moss, the participants considered the results of a Housing Requirements Survey, which suggested around 52 new two-bedroom and one-bedroom homes were needed in the parish, to meet the needs of young families and older couples wanting to down-size. Allowing for some three-bedroom homes as well, the draft Neighbourhood Plan proposes a target of 62 new homes to meet the requirements of Effingham residents, to be built over 15 years.

Recent government guidance on housing targets for Neighbourhood Plans means Guildford Borough’s strategic housing need must also be taken into account, but the constraints of Green Belt limit the number of homes that Effingham can reasonably provide. Sixteen possible sites for new homes were examined and scored using criteria including Green Belt policy, a preference for using previously-developed land, the impact on Effingham’s Conservation Area, traffic implications, the effect on wildlife and potential flooding problems. Following sometimes lively discussion, participants voted in favour of four of the possible sites, enough to accommodate the target number of homes.

Cllr Moss says

“It was very encouraging that so many residents were prepared to give up three hours of their time on a wet Saturday to think hard about the future they wanted for the village. Some residents argued passionately that their children and other young people wanted to stay in the village and needed homes they could afford. Others were equally passionate about wanting to protect our Green Belt countryside.”

“The Neighbourhood Plan needs to get the balance right on the housing target and on allocating land where homes can be built. With support from residents, the Plan can provide the homes we need for a thriving community whilst still protecting our countryside and the character of our beautiful rural village and parish.”

Following nearly three years of consultation with residents, detailed technical discussion with Borough Council planners, and much hard work from local volunteers, the emerging Neighbourhood Plan is heading for formal ‘Regulation 14’ consultation in May. This will include a parish-wide survey, with every household in Effingham receiving a summary of the proposed Plan and a survey form to give their opinion of the Plan. More public events will be held in the run-up to the consultation, including drop-in sessions on draft policies on Environment, Design and Conservation, Community, Infrastructure and the Local Economy. Open to all Effingham residents, details of the sessions can be found on the Village Plan website http://www.effinghamvillageplan.com.

To include the widest range of views on the process, the Parish Council has set up the Effingham Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Group (ENPAG) to advise the Parish Council and make recommendations on the final Plan and consultation. As well as parish councillors, ENPAG members have wide experience and come from different parts of the Effingham community, including schools, churches, environment and conservation groups and Effingham Residents Association.

ENPAG will meet at least once a month, scrutinising the draft Neighbourhood Plan policies and making recommendations for consideration by the Parish Council at its monthly meeting. A particularly important task for ENPAG will be to consider the implications of Guildford’s draft Local Plan, now expected to be published at the beginning of April. The Neighbourhood Plan must by law be consistent with the Local Plan, which sets the strategic planning framework across the Borough.

Cllr Arnold Pindar, the Chairman of Effingham Parish Council, says:

“It has been a long hard road to reach this point in our Neighbourhood Plan, with the planning context from both Government and the Borough Council changing regularly over the three years since we started out. I am immensely grateful both to the volunteers from the community and to parish councillors for all the work they have already put in to draft a very impressive Plan, and look forward to seeing the results of the Advisory Group’s scrutiny and review of the draft before we go out to consultation with the wider community.”

A copy of the presentation can be read by clicking on the link below:

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And the slides from the exhibitions:

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