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!

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Important news on the development of our plan

Since the launch of the Effingham Village Plan in April we have provided additional information on our plans to villagers attending the annual Effingham Village Day event on the King George V Field.  The successful event was held on 8 June and over 100 people indicated their interest in the plans with a number offering help with its development.

On 20 June 2013 Guildford Borough Council agreed to undertake a consultation on issues and options for their new Local Plan that will run in October and November 2013.  Cllr Monika Juneja, the Lead Councillor for Planning and Governance, noted that local involvement in the early stages of local planning is necessary to ensure the aspirations of the community are incorporated within the framework and that public consultation will make up a fundamental part of the decision making process.

The Borough Council recognises that the community is growing and that they need to find ways to manage this growth. The plan will provide a vision for the next 20 years with the aim of delivering a thriving economy, protected environment and an inclusive society. It is a plan for all residents, workers and visitors that will ensure development will be of the right type, right scale and in the right location.

Separate to this, plans for Bookham Vanguard to review the boundary of the Metropolitan Green Belt around Bookham are giving rise to concerns in Effingham.  It is essential that the right tests are applied to ensure that the Green Belt is protected as far as is possible.  The Green Belt stretches from the built up areas of Bookham right up to the Effingham boundary and hence, any changes to theGreen Belt boundary could seriously affect the landscape and functioning of Effingham. From Bookham Vanguard’s published “final tests” Effingham Parish Council does not have confidence that Bookham Vanguard have selected the appropriate tests. We are challenging this.

The Guildford Borough Council initiative and concerns about Bookham Vanguard’s Green Belt review will affect our work on the Effingham Village Plan.  We are, therefore, modifying our timetable to ensure we have the resources to respond to these challenges whilst continuing to develop our own plan.