• Our Normandy Village - Glaziers Lane

  • Our Normandy Village - land near Pusseys Copse with Ancient Woodland

  • Our Normandy Village - view to the Hogs Back and Surrey Hills AONB

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

  • Our Normandy Village - winter sunset

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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.

  • Normandy Action Group holds AGM

    The first AGM under NAG's new committee structure took place on 26 November 2018 in Normandy Village Hall. Thanks to those of you who attended to help us take stock of what we have achieved to date and to look ahead.

     
  • Public consultation on the 'Main Modifications' to the Local Plan

    Public consultation on the 'Main Modifications' to the Local Plan, which include a proposed site, A64, for 105 houses on Green Belt in Normandy, closes at noon on Tuesday, 23 October. Here are the details of how to respond; at first sight it looks impenetrable but it is actually not. Visit the consultation homepage and you will see that you can respond in three ways:

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  • Considerations when responding to A64 site proposal

    A proposed major new housing development threatens the rural character of Normandy. Should you intend to comment on the proposal as part of the consultation you may wish to consider the following points:

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