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  • Our Normandy Village - view to the Hog\'s Back and Surrey Hills AONB

  • Our Normandy Village - St Marks Church, Wyke, 15th c.

  • Our Normandy Village - winter sunset

  • Our Normandy Village - public view into Normandy from Hog\'s Back in Surrey Hills AONB

  • Our Normandy Village - Ancient Woodland vista

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Three sites for 295 homes and a new 2,000-pupil school at Effingham have been granted planning permission two years after the scheme was rejected by Guildford Borough Council. The school’s application to demolish its current site on Lower Road and rebuild on Effingham Lodge Farm was originally refused in March 2016. An appeal led to a public inquiry, held between May 16 and June 2 2017.

On Wednesday March 21, the Secretary of State announced the appeal had been successful. 258 of the residential dwellings are planned to be built on two sites where the school currently sits in Lower Road and 37 dwellings on one site at Brown’s Field, a 30% increase in the number of houses in the village, most of which will be outside the “settlement area” and within the Green Belt. The development will help fund a £30 million rebuild of the Howard of Effingham School. The replacement school and up to 258 new dwellings will be built on Green Belt land, destroying a wildlife corridor and resulting in urban sprawl by joining the villages of Effingham and Little Bookham.

Planning permission could only be granted if the appellants demonstrated that there were "very special circumstances", which outweighed the harm to the Green Belt and to the historic village of Effingham. In the Secretary of State’s decision document it is stated that “substantial weight” is given to the harm that could be done to the Green Belt however this is outweighed by the need for affordable and market housing in the area. The need for additional school places and a desire to ensure that school buildings “meet modern educational and social need” are also listed as important factors in the decision.

Only in February 2018, Effingham residents voted 93.5% in favour of their Neighbourhood Plan to provide around 50 homes to meet local need and protect the local environment and Green Belt. Local politicians who supported the opposition to the plan by residents have been left wondering if there is any point to the Localism Act and the concept of Neighbourhood Planning.

  • NAG submits response to Southern Pipeline consultation

    Normandy Action Group submitted its response to the Southern Pipeline corridor Option M & Q proposals as they affect land surrounding Flexford, Normandy and Wanborough. The response highlights that the consultants appear to have failed to take account of the local landscape designations of Area of Great Landscape Value [AGLV] and Site of Nature Conservation Importance [SNCI] in drawing the north and south boundaries of the Option M & Q corridor.

    Any pipeline laying towards the southern corridor boundary is likely to drive a wide swathe thorough the AGLV land that stretches north from the A31 down the northern slopes of the Hogs Back to Flexford Road; any pipeline laying towards the northern corridor boundary is likely to have a severe impact on the woodlands to the west of Normandy ward.

    The content of the response is available on the NAG web site

     
  • Housing proposal at Palm House Nurseries refused

    The planning application for six 2-bed houses [18/P00470] on the site of the former Palm House nurseries, that would result in the demolition of the existing horticultural building, has been refused.

    The officer report maintains that the "proposal would not constitute a sympathetic development but would result in the erosion of the agricultural and rural character of the site and surrounding area and would therefore fail to respect the established pattern of development within the area". 

     
  • Article 4 Direction compliance at Wanborough being tested

    Guildford Borough Council [GBC] has to decide whether to confirm the Article 4 Direction within 6 months of it first being served. A report is being drafted which, it is understood, is likely to propose continuation indefinitely. It will go before a planning committee meeting, probably at the end of June. The large number of representations sent by residents to Tim Dawes, Planning Development Manager at GBC has, it appears, ensured there will be a recommendation to continue.

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