2013 Citizens of the Year campaigns are underway

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Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year 2013 poster

The search is on to find the Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year 2013 and Young Citizen of the Year 2013.

Do you know someone who has shown outstanding courage, or has done something of great benefit to you or your community?  Perhaps someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal?

If that person is a resident of the district, why not show your appreciation and nominate them for Epping Forest District Council’s accolade, a Citizen of the Year Award?  The Citizen of the Year 2013 and the Young Citizen of the Year 2013 will receive their awards at the Annual Civic Reception in March 2013.

The Young Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually to a young person, aged 11-18, in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the Epping Forest community.

Youth Councillors Jaymey McIvor and Sam Cascarina promoting the Young Citizen of the Year campaign poster

If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves to be recognised, fill in a nomination form and make sure it reaches the Civic Offices by Friday 30 November. 

The forms can be obtained at Council Information Desks at Epping, Loughton or Waltham Abbey and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Information Centre, or by contacting Pat Seager at the Civic Offices on 01992 564427 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only) for the Citizen of the Year or Di Butler on 01992 564365 for the Young Citizen of the year. Alternatively, you can download each of the forms using the links below.

 Download Young Citizen of the Year 2013 nomination form

 Download Citizen of the Year 2013 nomination form

Older people’s day

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Celebrate “older people’s day” with Epping Forest District Council

You are invited to visit one of our sheltered housing schemes on Monday 1 October 2012.

The UK’s Older People’s Day coincides with the UN International Day for Older Persons. The day is a national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society. It is a great way to build new relationships between people of all ages and bring together the local community.

As part of the celebrations, events are being held at nine of the Council’s sheltered housing schemes. You may know somebody who lives in one of our schemes, or maybe you are thinking about sheltered housing for yourself (or someone else). Perhaps you’d just like to celebrate with us. Come and join us, you will be very welcome at one of our events, whatever your reason.

  • Coffee Morning at Barrington Close Centre, Barrington Road, Loughton IG10 2AX from 10am to 12 noon
  • Bingo and Afternoon Tea at Buckhurst Court, Albert Road, Buckhurst Hill IG9 6BD from 2pm to 4pm
  • Bingo and Afternoon Tea at Chapel Road, Epping CM16 5DS from 2pm to 4pm
  • Afternoon Tea at Frank Bretton House, Bansons Way, Ongar CM5 9EY from 2pm to 4pm
  • Tea and Cakes at Jubilee Court, Ninefields, Waltham Abbey EN9 3JB from 3pm to 5pm
  • Tea, Cakes and Tombola at Jessopp Court, Shernbroke Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 3LF from 2pm to 4pm
  • Tea and Cakes at Leonard Davis House, Kiln Road, North Weald CM16 6BS from 2pm to 4.30pm
  • Cream Tea at Parsonage Court, Rectory Lane, Loughton IG10 2BB from 2pm to 4pm
  • Games and Afternoon Tea at Pelly Court, Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4NA from 2pm to 4pm

There will be a small charge for refreshments, all proceeds go to the residents of the sheltered schemes and will be used to fund communal activities.

We hope that you will able to attend and help celebrate the contribution older people make to our communities.

For further information please contact Epping Forest District Council, Older Peoples Services Manager on 020 8508 8596.

Proposed Fieldes Lock Power Station

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Land at Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Veolia Environmental Services (UK) is proposing to construct and operate a rail-linked power station at this site and have submitted a Development Consent Order to the Secretary of State via the Planning Inspectorate (application reference number EN010046).

It falls within the definition of a “nationally significant infrastructure project” under Section 52(2) of the Planning Act 2008 and therefore will be determined by the Secretary of State, not the local planning authority. The site is within Broxbourne Borough Council but is close to the western boundary of Epping Forest District Council.

Any comments must be made direct to the Planning Inspectorate by no later than 19 October 2012. Please follow the attached links for details of the application, where the information is available to view and how to make comments.

Read a brief summary of the project

View the detailed application documents at the Planning Inspectorate’s website

Comment on the application at the Planning Inspectorate’s website

Read the guidance notes on the responding to the application

Proposed changes to the need for planning permission for home extensions

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The Government announced its intention to allow larger extensions to be built to houses than presently permitted on Thursday 6 September 2012. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government advised that local authorities will be consulted on the proposed changes – but to date the extent of the changes, or the date of their implementation, are not known.

Guidance relating to works which may presently be undertaken without the need to seek express planning permission from the Council can be obtained from the council’s website – view the planning permission guidance notes.

Epping Forest District Council can also determine whether or not planning permission is required for an extension to a dwelling following the submission of an application for a ‘Certificate of Lawful Development’ (the relevant application form can be downloaded here).

For enquiries relating to whether or not planning permission is required, please contact the Duty Planner between the hours of 10.30 am and 1 pm by telephoning 01992 564477, or by sending an email to contactdc@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Have your say on the Local Plan (Community Choices)

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The consultation process on the Community Choices document is now well under way, having been launched on 30 July 2012. However, the consultation period will run until 15 October 2012, so there is still plenty of time to get involved.

7 more dates have been added to provide more opportunities for anyone to drop in for more information or to provide their feedback.

Within the Community Choices consultation document we have identified what we believe to be the main issues facing the district over the next 20 years. We also list a range of options to deal with the issues. However, we need the public to provide their opinions on these issues and options.

The consultation documents and additional information are available on our website www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/planningourfuture. Hard copies of documents are also available at libraries and council offices.

In addition to making copies of the documents widely available we are holding several drop-in sessions across the district. The sessions are intended to be informal but will be attended by the Forward Planning Team and will give the public the opportunity to ask any questions and give us their views in person.

We have added 7 extra dates to our original list, the full, up-to-date schedule is as follows:

  1. 4  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Sheering Village Hall, Sheering
  2. 5  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Jack Silley Pavilion, Epping
  3. 6  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Roding Valley Hall, Buckhurst Hill
  4. 10  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Fyfield Village Hall, Fyfield
  5. 11  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Waltham Abbey
  6. 12  September 2012 – 5.45pm to 9pm – Abridge Village Hall, Abridge
  7. 13  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Roydon Marina Village, Roydon
  8. 17  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Epping Hall, Epping
  9. 18  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Loughton Council Chamber, Loughton
  10. 19  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Nazeing Leisure Centre, Bumble’s Green
  11. 20  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Chigwell Parish Council Offices, Chigwell
  12. 25  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Ongar Town Council, Chipping Ongar
  13. 26  September 2012 – 6.30pm to 9pm – Theydon Bois Village Hall, Theydon Bois
  14. 27  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – North Weald Village Hall Lounge, North Weald

Residents urged to take part in consultation – Local Plan video

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The issues and options consultation phase of the new Local Plan, ‘Community Choices’ runs from 30 July to 15 October. Here, Councillor Richard Bassett, the Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder talks about some of the key elements and encourages residents to become involved.


Click ‘Community Choices’ to view all the information and take part in the Local Plan consultation. 


Olympics come to district

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At the start of the Council meeting on 31 July, Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council invited members to enjoy a short video made to commemorate the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay to Waltham Abbey. He then announced the award of Canoe Slalom Olympic tickets to lucky residents at the Lee Valley White Water Centre for London 2012.

See the videos



The Chairman went on to describe a very memorable day at the Mini Olympics at Davanent Foundation School in Loughton. Children from across the district came together to show true sporting spirit supported by teachers and other school staff.

Councillor Liz Webster, ‘Olympics Champion’, reported on the first two days of London 2012 competition at the White Water Centre. The Canoe Slalom events have progressed very well with relatively minor disruption to local people and services. A temporary Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) has been established to protect local residents and businesses from congestion by spectator parking. Some Penalty Charge Notices have been issued in Waltham Abbey and a similar number in Broxbourne. Councillor Webster confirmed any Epping Forest District resident who produced their vehicle registration document showing they live in the zone would have the penalty charge cancelled.

Among the distinguished guests attending the first two days of competition were Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Leading foreign dignitaries including the Prime Minister of Belgium, members of the French government and the Chairman of LOCOG, Sebastian Coe were expected at the Lee Valley White Water Centre before the end of the day’s competition.

Street pastors patrol Loughton

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The first patrol by Loughton Street Pastors along Loughton High Road was made on the evening of Friday 20 April 2012. After a commissioning service at Loughton Baptist Church, the street pastors made their first patrol to engage with young people on the streets to care, listen and chat.

Loughton Street Pastors is made up of 21 volunteers from 6 local churches. They will be paroling the Loughton High Road area each Friday night from 10pm to 2.30am. The group was set up to help visitors to the High Road area stay safe, and to deal with any issues that might arise.

Working alongside other agencies such as the Council and emergency services, the Loughton Street Pastors are funded by Epping Forest District Council, Essex Police, Loughton Town Council and Epping Forest Safer Communities Partnership.

You can find out more at the Street Pastors website and if you feel you can be of any help please email wayne@loughtonbaptistchurch.co.uk.

Allotment cleared to create wildlife habitat

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On a very cold Saturday morning, 11 February 2012, the overgrown former allotment site in Willingale Road Loughton, was given some well needed attention. Some of the bramble was cleared to create a habitat for wildlife, promote wildflowers and release the trees from entanglement.

The work was led by the Epping Forest District Council’s Countryside Manager Abigail Oldham and Assistant Kevin Mason, along with members of Loughton Town Council, Paul Hoy and Councillor Stephen Pewsey, a number of local volunteers and recruits from the Harlow community payback group.

Three areas of bramble were worked on creating a more open aspect to the site. A large cooking apple tree was freed from bramble and is now a feature in the centre of the site. Several other trees which were being smothered were haloed.

The bramble was cut using hand tools and mechanical means then burnt on a small fire which was very welcome on a particularly cold day.

The volunteers and staff were pleased to be joined at lunchtime by Chairman of the Council Ken Angold-Stephens who gave encouragement to those involved in the clearance work said: “There is much more to be done on the site but a lot of clearance was completed on the day and we definitely made a difference”.


Langston Road retail park plans approved

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Proposals for a multi-million pound fashion-led retail park in Loughton have taken a significant step forward.
Councillors have approved an outline planning application for a retail park at Langston Road in Loughton. The application came before councillors at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s District Development Control Committee on Monday 27 February 2012. As a departure from the Council’s Local Plan, the decision to approve the application must be referred to the National Planning Casework Unit.

The proposal for the 16,000 square metre retail park submitted by Polofind, proposed the redevelopment of its own land and an adjacent depot belonging to Epping Forest District Council. The application included proposals for extensive alterations to cater for future traffic growth through Chigwell Lane and Rectory Lane, including the junction of Langston Road.

Attached to the report for members were proposals for extensive Section 106 conditions. Central to the conditions should be that any retail park should not adversely affect The Broadway shopping centre. In addition to the highway improvements for cars, other Section 106 requirements included improvements for pedestrians and street lighting. Limitations on the types of retail to protect The Broadway include restrictions on food retail and the exclusion of a pharmacy and post office counter. Compensatory tree planting would balance the loss of three mature trees to be removed as part of the highway works.

Retail employment for up to 200 people would follow construction. 

The case for the development was put by Polofind following objections voiced by Loughton Town Council and a local resident. Councillors debated the scheme in depth, seeking clarification on issues including on-site parking for customers and staff as well as the impact on the Oakwood Hill side of Chigwell Lane. Councillors challenged issues around pedestrian and public transport access, seeking better access for shoppers by bus.

A sum of £40,000 would be supplied by the developers towards the cost of the forthcoming Debden Parking Review.

After more than two and half hours of debate, the committee voted by eleven to three in favour of the application.
View details of the Langston Road retail park planning application EPF/2580/10.