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  • 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.

  • Local Plan EiP Ponders Additional Housing Sites

    NAG attended this hearing 3 July; we were not able to speak as there had been no prior warning of a site in Normandy/Flexford’s being up for discussion. In any event the Inspector made clear he would not allow a detailed discussion of the sites Guildford Borough Council [GBC] had put forward in response to his challenge to find ways of bringing forward house-building in the early years of the plan period; he simply wanted to be able to assess whether or not they would be effective in helping to deliver this objective. CPRE Surrey, who were able to speak, said there would be objections, no doubt, from the communities affected should these sites be included in the final plan. GBC had very little to say about the Normandy/Flexford site and even struggled to show the Inspector a map giving its location.

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  • Guildford Borough Council Executive votes to retain the Article 4 on Wanborough Fields indefinitely

    As residents in Wanborough had hoped, Guildford Borough Council’s Executive Committee voted at their meeting 17 July 2018 to confirm the Wanborough Fields Article 4 Direction. Eleven Wanborough residents attended the meeting to observe the vote.

    The report recommending confirmation states in clear terms the benefits of retaining the open landscape provided by Wanborough Fields.

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  • Barn Development at Wanborough Fields

    You will have seen work beginning on the barn being redeveloped for residential use, with the wooden barn frame dismantled to make way for the proposed parking spaces, although no decision has been published on the planning application [18/P/00765]. The plan is to construct three 5-bedroom dwellings within the envelope of the present concrete and steel barn.

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