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.
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!