A Fairer Future for Effingham

Much has been written and spoken recently about development plans for Effingham. This Saturday Effingham Parish council will be sharing with residents ideas emerging from our discussions with people over  the last year.

From 10am at the KGV Halls we will be showcasing ideas for new housing development projects in the village alongside a number of other policy ideas for the Environment, Village Design, Roads & Transport and Community services. We want as many residents as possible to come along and share their thoughts with us.

These ideas will feed directly into the new Local Plan. We know many residents were dismayed over the course of the year by proposals impacting the village and the borough generally. This is an opportunity to actively shape what emerges in the next round of planning.

Click below for details of the event.

Effingham Meeting Poster ii

We hope to see you there.

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Housing Requirements Survey For Effingham

Effingham Parish Council is asking all residents to participate in a village wide survey to gather views about the future of our village. All residents will receive an invitation to complete a ‘Housing Requirements Survey’ to help us answer one of the biggest  questions facing us at the moment – if extra homes are to be built in Effingham, what sort of homes should they be?

Guildford Borough Council is currently consulting on issues and options for a new Local Plan, which could mean big changes for Effingham. Government planning rules place strong emphasis on sustainable growth, so our village may be required to find land for more housing. Already there are proposals to rebuild the Howard of Effingham School on land opposite the current site on Lower Road, to be paid for by new residential development on land owned by the School and there are also proposals being reviewed that could see Effingham removed from the greenbelt.

The Parish Council is determined to ensure that IF extra housing is built in Effingham, it should include homes of the size and type required by the village’s existing community.  Arnold Pindar (Chair of Effingham Parish Council) explains –

‘Perhaps you hope to buy a larger 3 or 4 bedroom family home in the next few years, or you would like to downsize to a 2‐bedroom bungalow, or your children want to set up their own home soon and need to find somewhere affordable to rent. Whatever the needs of the community the parish council wants to ensure that those requirements are reflected in future planning for the village. It is vital therefore that residents participate and fill in the survey so that we can ensure their views have a strong influence on the future development of the village’

Surveys are currently being delivered to all households. However it is also possible to complete the survey quickly and easily on line by following the link below.

https://getinvolved.guildford.gov.uk/consult.ti/EVP.HRS/consultationHome

The on line version is easy to access and fast and convenient to fill in. EFfingham Parish Council would like to encourage all residents to access the service and register their views.

This is a really important opportunity for residents to have their say on a critical issue. Whether you use the paper survey to get involved or follow the link to participate on line we would urge you to get involved and have your say. It’s your village!  You can influence its future!