Planning application decisions from the District Development Management Committee Wednesday 28 March 2018.
- EPF/2662/17 – Chigwell Library, Victory Hall and Chigwell Members Club, Hainault Road, Chigwell
Planning application decisions from the District Development Management Committee Wednesday 28 March 2018.
Recognising the valuable contribution the local community and voluntary sector does for the district was celebrated Friday 23 March at our grant aid celebration event.
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A diverse mix of groups helping a wide spectrum of people across the District has received grants in the last year enabling them to continue their much needed and valuable work.
Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor David Stallan said: “It’s so encouraging to see such a wide variety of groups receive these vital grants. This year we have given over £83,000 in grants and it’s great to see the improvements they are making within our communities.”
“The voluntary and community sectors do so much so for our District and its important their much needed hard work is recognised.”
“If you know of any local or community groups that could use our grant aid schemes help, get in contact today.”
Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 21 March 2018.
Submission of Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan has been delayed following a Planning Court ruling on 20 March 2018.
The Court granted CK Properties Theydon Bois Limited (“CK Properties”) permission to apply for judicial review of the Council’s decision on 14 December 2017 to approve the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version 2017 (“LPSV”) for publication and submission to the Secretary of State for independent examination.
CK Properties complains that its land to the east of Theydon Bois was not allocated for residential development in the LPSV and contends that it has been prejudiced by the unavailability of Appendix B to the Site Selection Report (Arup December 2017), during the Regulation 19 publication period.
The Court ordered that the Council be restrained from submitting the LPSV for independent examination until the final determination of the judicial review claim, or further order. The Court also ordered that the judicial review hearing can be expedited and it is listed for hearing on 23 and 24 May 2018 with a time estimate of 1½ days.
The Council will be contesting all the claims made and to be heard at the full hearing but the ruling means the Council cannot meet the agreed submission date of 31 March 2018.
Councillor John Philip, Planning Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council was disappointed by the Court decision but confident of the final outcome. He said; “It is frustrating but it is not the end of the road. We are ready to submit the Plan but circumstances outside our control have created this delay.”
Councillor Philip continued: “Fortunately, the Government’s deadline extension means the case can be heard without compromising our position. When all the evidence is placed before the judge, we fully expect to win the review. We are still on target to agree 11,400 homes during the Local Plan period up to 2033.”
The district’s most celebrated residents were recognised at the annual Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards Ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey on Friday 16 March 2018.
The glittering awards evening was hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan.
Chairman David Stallan said: “Every year we dedicate an evening to celebrate Epping Forest’s residents achievements, successes and their unwavering dedication to the area and their communities. This year was no different.”
“To the winners and runners up, congratulations. It is people like you that make the world a better place. Thank you for your selflessness, generosity and compassion.”
In honour and celebration of the Youth Council’s 10th anniversary this year, serving and former Youth Councillors were asked to present each award to the winners.
Epping Forest District Council successfully prosecuted and fined Mr Veli Bunul £21,575, when found operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) and breaching legislation designed to protect tenants.
The Council was called to inspect a three storey family town house in Tillingham Court Waltham Abbey, found to be occupied by three separate families, each with young children, all sharing one kitchen and two bathrooms.
Housing 11 occupants, the property was overcrowded, had inadequate fire precautions or a safe means of escape in event of an emergency.
Basildon Magistrates court was particularly concerned about these failings which could have potentially led to lives being at risk and tragic circumstances.
The Court heard that Mr Bunul of Chase Side, London E14 had ignored all of Epping Forest District Council’s warnings about his responsibilities to licence the property and his obligation to make it safe.
He alleged he was unaware that the property was being occupied by several families, claiming someone else collected the rent on his behalf. The court did not find this a reasonable excuse and so carried his conviction alongside a hefty fine.
Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Syd Stavrou said, “We will not tolerate landlords who rent properties which fail to meet standards. The Council has a commitment to ensure that private landlords in the Epping Forest district do not take financial advantage of vulnerable tenants and put their lives at risk. We will not hesitate to prosecute landlords who show a disregard for the law and their responsibilities towards occupants”.
The Government are bringing in an extension to the current licensing regime. From 1 April 2018, any property with five or more people from two or more households will require a licence regardless of how many floors there are in the property.
Landlords must comply with licence conditions to ensure properties are safe for the amount of people occupying them. In addition, minimum space requirements are to be imposed to prevent exploitation by overcrowding.
Landlords that currently operate a licensable HMO in Epping Forest District (3 or more storeys, occupied by 5 or more people living as 2 or more households) but do not currently hold a licence should contact the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team immediately to avoid prosecution.
Anyone operating such an HMO without the appropriate licence is committing an offence, risks a criminal record and an unlimited fine on summary conviction.
Other landlords operating or thinking of operating an HMO that will fall under the new licensing regime from 1 April 2018 are encouraged to contact the Private Sector Housing Team for further information and advice.
If you think you may be living in a property that requires a licence and one is not displayed in the property, or you are concerned about the property conditions, please contact the Private Sector Housing team on the details below.
Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 7 March 2018.
The Commonwealth flag flew outside the civic offices in Epping to mark Commonwealth Day on Monday 12 March 2018.
53 countries will come together on Monday 12 March 2018 to celebrate Commonwealth Day under the theme ‘Towards a Common Future’.
Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year. It is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.
Waltham Abbey’s new leisure centre celebrated another build milestone with its Topping Out Ceremony marking the highest point of the building work being completed.
Representatives from Epping Forest District Council, Places for People Leisure, Pellikaan Construction and Architects Pozzoni attended the ceremony on Wednesday 28 February 2018.
Community representatives and pupils from Hillhouse Primary School in Waltham Abbey were also given a tour of the build.
Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder commented: “It’s fantastic to see the design for the new leisure centre coming to life before us. When completed the new modern and sustainable leisure centre will offer a broad range of activities and services to bring the whole community together.”
Places for People Leisure’s plans to improve the leisure offering and the health and wellbeing of the area are truly exciting. Works have already been completed at Ongar Sports Centre and improvements are underway at Loughton Leisure Centre, with a new state of the art gym just being opened at Epping Sports Centre. We are looking forward to working in partnership with them over the coming years for the benefit of the local community.”
Places for People Leisure were awarded the 20-year design, build, operate and maintain contract for Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre by Epping Forest District Council along with the management of the existing Ongar Leisure Centre, Loughton Leisure Centre and Epping Sports Centre.
The new leisure centre which is due to be completed later this year will include a 6 lane 25m pool along with a 15m learner pool. It will also feature a state of the art 80 station fitness suite, exercise and, café and community room, along with a group cycling studio with virtual classes led by Les Mills virtual master trainers.
Places for People Leisure are looking forward to the completion of construction work, as John Bates, Business Development Director explains: “We are extremely pleased with the progress made to date on the facility by our partner, Pellikaan Construction. The centre is now starting to take shape and we really looking forward to showcasing the new facility when it opens later this year. This will be a fantastic community venue that can be enjoyed by families and people of all ages and abilities.”
“Over the coming months we will continue to work with Epping Forest District Council to ensure that when the new centre opens it enhances the health and wellbeing of the local community in line with our social mission to create active places and healthy people.”
As the severe weather continues into Friday 2 March 2018, we are adapting operations to maintain waste collection services, making allowances for reduced resources and challenging conditions for our waste collection crews.
We are continuing to focus on fortnightly black wheelie bin, recycling sacks and blue box collections. Access to residential roads can vary in these conditions with properties located in rural areas or down narrow lanes are likely to experience more disruption than others.
Please accept our apologies for this disruption. We will endeavour to collect any waste that has been missed.
We will continue to focus our resources on the fortnightly collections throughout Friday 2 March as above. Therefore
Our customer service team is continuing to operate with fewer staff due to the adverse weather so you may experience longer hold times on the phone than usual, so please only call if it is urgent.
Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “I want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Biffa’s tremendously dedicated and hardworking staff. Despite the terrible weather we’ve experienced over the past few days they’ve been out on our streets, battling the elements, doing their best to ensure our waste and recycling is still collected.”
“I want them to know that their commitment to delivering the service and minimising disruption to our residents is greatly appreciated. I’d also like to thank our residents for the understanding and patience they have shown as we contend with these very difficult conditions.”
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