Berkeley Homes press ahead with Green Belt housing plans

Latest update issued 19 April by Berkeley Homes on the Howard of Effingham School plus the extra Green Belt housing they intend to apply for as indicated.

Berkeley say “Additional enabling homes provide both the funding required to deliver the already consented school and also the opportunity to improve the masterplan for the whole project.”👇👇👇

Surrey County Council has also said it cannot meet the funding gap to deliver the school.

Two planning applications are envisaged, one to Guildford Borough Council for the extra homes on Green Belt and another to Mole Valley for land on Lower Road for additional open space.

In addition it is understood Mole Valley has asked Guildford if it is able to take some of its Housing target imposed by the Government on all Councils. It is not known if GBC which has already adopted a Local Plan would consider taking some of the homes Mole Valley may otherwise need to permit within the district boundaries. Arguably the Effingham Lodge site within GBC area is closer to good rail links than some of the potential Green Belt sites within MVDC’s area. But Local Plans follow district and Borough boundaries and cooperation is not guaranteed.

Both the County Council seats covering Horsleys (including Effingham) and Shere ( including Send) are being contested by Residents or Green Belt group candidates on May 6. Bookham (including Fetcham West) on SCC is also being defended by Conservatives with Lib Dem the main opposition there. Plus the district council wards currently Conservative held ( but being defended by new candidates) in Bookham North & South.

Shared by Leatherhead Living 19 April

Further background: local campaign website

Effingham Residents Association has also objected to some of the details of 99 of the homes already permitted in outline

You can already register interest in living on the development


Below is the latest information from Berkeley Homes 👇


Phase 1 Construction

We are pleased to announce that later this month we will be undertaking enabling works on Lodge Farm for Phase 1 – the new school and 159 houses. Initial works are contained within the site and will be followed by construction of the site access on Effingham Common Road.

Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council have approved our construction management plan which requires construction traffic to use Effingham Common Road to access the site.

Additional Enabling Homes

Our team of specialist advisors working on the planning application for the additional enabling homes at North Lodge Farm have carefully reviewed all of the feedback received during our conversations with you in February.

From your feedback, we understand that delivery of the new Howard of Effingham School is the most important element of our proposals and that it remains a very popular choice for parents locally who welcome the new facilities and opportunities the approved plans will bring their children. 

Additional enabling homes provide both the funding required to deliver the already consented school and also the opportunity to improve the masterplan for the whole project.

You told us that the most important element of our landscape-led approach was the protection and management of the existing ancient woodland, Thornet Wood, along with the provision of enhanced public open space, play areas, riverine swales, community orchards and community gardens.
The planning application will be submitted to Guildford Borough Council soon.

Lower Road Open Space

We were pleased that 80% of attendees found our webinars informative. You shared some great ideas for the use of the parcel of land on Lower Road (current school playing fields) which would complement other community initiatives being undertaken locally on The Street, KGV and Lower Road Rec. We are preparing a planning application to Mole Valley District Council which directly responds to your feedback and will be sharing more on our revised plans in our next update.

Community Liaison Group

Once we start construction on site we will be setting up a community liaison group (CLG). We are looking for representatives from a range of backgrounds and community groups including local residents, sports clubs, schools, businesses, environmental advocates, disability representatives and council representatives. The CLG will meet regularly as a forum to discuss, manage and where possible mitigate and minimise any local impacts associated with the Lodge Farm project. If you would like to join the CLG please email us at