First workshop FREE with BEST Growth Hub

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Calling all start ups and established businesses in Epping Forest!

You can access one of BEST Growth Hub’s training events for FREE in the month of January, with a cost of £10 for each course thereafter. Their programme of training events could help you start or expand and grow your own business.

BEST Growth Hub

What is BEST Growth Hub?

BEST Growth Hub is a free business support service for Essex businesses looking to start up or expand and grow and has a programme of business skills workshops and training events for local businesses.

Training events in Epping Forest

Alternative sources of Finance

  • 11 January 2018, 9:30 – 12:30
  • Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA
  • £10/first workshop FREE

Securing business finance and investment

  • 11 January 2018, 13:30 – 16:30
  • Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA
  • £10/first workshop FREE

Getting results from your meetings

  • 16 January 2018, 9:30 – 12:30
  • Ongar Innovation Centre, Fyfield Rd, Ongar, CM5 0AW
  • £10/first workshop FREE

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Are you compliant?

  • 25 January 2018, 9:30 – 12:30
  • Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA
  • £10/first workshop FREE

Access your FREE workshop

If you would like to attend, please email and use the code “Jan18FREE” to book your first workshop for FREE.

Other courses

Six steps to E-Commerce Success

The Department for International Trade (DIT) are hosting a FREE intensive and interactive one day masterclass which introduces you to the essential six steps in preparing your company for e-commerce success.

  • 18 January 2018, 9:30 – 15:00
  • Manor of Groves, High Wych, Sawbridgeworth, CM21 0JT
  • FREE

Is ‘exporting’ your goal in 2018?

The DIT are also hosting workshops in early 2018 covering the Essentials of Exporting.

Experts in Market Research and Export Strategy, E-Commerce Digital Marketing and Finance for Export will give short, snapshot presentations that will be followed by round table sessions giving you the opportunity to share knowledge with like-minded delegates and to discover the many export opportunities that await you.

  • Friday 16 March 2010, 9:00 – 12:30
  • The Stansted Centre, Parsonage Road, Takeley, CM22 6PU
  • Cost £18

Further information

New Police airbase to be built at North Weald

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Planning permission for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) purpose built airbase at North Weald Airfield was granted by district councillors at Plans East meeting on Wednesday 6 December.

Police Helicopter

Keeping local communities safe

The new NPAS airbase will replace an existing facility at Lippitts Hill in High Beach and form part of their national network of 15 bases providing air support to the 46 police forces of England and Wales.

2 police helicopters and a police aeroplane will regularly fly out of the new airbase, operating 24/7 primarily serving London and the South East, with support from additional airbases at Boreham Airfield near Chelmsford, Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey and RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.

Crews in these aircraft regularly support police colleagues on the ground to find missing people and search for suspects. They provide an aerial view supporting local police at major events and help other police forces bring ‘crimes in action’ to an end, keeping local communities safe.

A long standing history of protecting our community

Assets and Economic Development Portfolio Holder Councillor Anne Grigg said: “North Weald Airfield has a long standing history of protecting our community since opening as an airfield in the 1st World War. It became a vital Battle of Britain airfield in the 2nd World War, providing a home to RAF spitfires and hurricanes.”

“In later years the airfield expanded in to the jet age of the 1950’s, and in recent times providing a base to vital services and welcoming aircraft from all over the world.”

Important and valuable services

Councillor Grigg continued: “The addition of the National Police Air Service is an exciting opportunity which will allow the vital service to carry out their much needed work, ensuring residents safety, which is our top priority.”

“They will be joining a range of aviation tenants at the airfield including The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance who have been operating successfully for several years.”

“I am proud of the contribution our airfield has made over the years and as it continues to grow, we welcome these important and valuable services.”

Paul Marrion, South East Assistant Operations Director for the National Police Air, said: “We are delighted to be able to build our new bespoke airbase at North Weald Airfield. This decision will ensure that we can continue to support police forces across London and the South East in their efforts to protect people and property and to keep communities safe.”

“Police air support is a vital tool available to police forces. Flying at average speeds of 138mph, searching for missing people or suspects by air is 20 times faster than other options and saves local police valuable time when it matters.”

More information

New proposals for housing in Epping Forest

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Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet has agreed a range of exciting new proposals for housing in the Epping Forest District, setting out the council’s vision for rented, social and affordable housing in the area for the next five years.

Housing Strategy


The proposals include:

  • Continuing with the Council’s Housebuilding Programme, providing more than 300 new homes over the next ten years
  • Setting out how the Council will try to reduce homelessness and deal with homeless people
  • The approach to be taken to the provision of affordable housing – including both rented housing and shared ownership (“part rent – part buy”)
  • A review and provision of supported housing for older and vulnerable people, such as sheltered housing
  • Explaining how the Council will help people living in the private sector, including those with empty homes, and try to help improve the conditions of such homes

These and many other important proposals are included in the Council’s new Housing Strategy 2017 – 2022.

Strategy plays crucial role

Councillor Syd Stavrou, Portfolio Holder for Housing said: “The new Housing Strategy has a crucial role in ensuring that the varying housing needs of our residents are met. We want to work with our partners and residents to improve the quantity, quality and access to housing in Epping Forest, ensuring the district is a great place to live, work and do business.”

Action to overcome challenges

The Housing Strategy sets out the housing-related challenges the district faces and identifies the actions the Council will take to overcome these challenges. This takes the form of an annual key action plan which will be updated every year, with progress continually monitored over the five year period.

Further information

Decisions from Plans South 20 December 17

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting on Wednesday 20 December 2017.


  • Item 1 (EPF/2127/17 72) Greenfields, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3HF
  • Item 2 (EPF/2636/17) 126 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5PR
  • Item 3 (EPF/2650/17) Adj Garage Block, Pentlow Way, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 6BZ
  • Item 4 (EPF/2706/17) Royal Oak, Forest Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1EG
  • Item 5 (EPF/2707/17) 2 Danbury Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3AI
  • Item 6 (EPF/2725/17) 2 Goldingham Avenue, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2JF
  • Item 7 (EPF/2660/17) 69 Lechmere Avenue, Chigwell, Essex, IG10 2JF
  • Item 8 (EPF/2792/17) 2 Honeycroft, Loughton, Essex, IG10 5EZ
  • Item 9 (EPF/2572/17) Car park rear of 12-14 The Broadway, Loughton, Essex, IG10
  • Item 10 (EPF/2398/17) Stanmores/Little Stanmores, Clays Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2RZ

Planning application search

Have a say in how your community is policed?

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Essex Police is looking for members to join a new Epping Forest and Brentwood Independent Advisory Group (IAG). It is an opportunity for somebody to act as a ‘critical friend’ to play an important part in ensuring Essex Police consults with, and understand the views of, the Epping Forest community.

Essex Police IAG leaflet

Share your expertise and experience

“If you know your community well and can think strategically, why not share your expertise and experience to help Essex Police make policing decisions in the Epping Forest district,” asks Councillor Sam Kane, Epping Forest District Council’s safer, greener and transport portfolio holder.

“The IAG will play an important part in ensuring Essex Police consults with our community, reviewing police work practices to help Essex Police better understand how its processes and policies affect our different communities.” said Councillor Sam Kane.

“The first meeting of the Epping Forest and Brentwood IAG is at Zinc Arts in Ongar on Tuesday 16 January 2018, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. If you’re motivated, enthusiastic, able to communicate in a calm, constructive manner, and want to ensure the views of your community are heard, come along and tell Essex Police how their services are being perceived by our communities.”

Are you interested?

If you’re interested in shaping the way policing is delivered in Essex and ensuring your community has a voice, download an application form from or email for more information.

Full details can be found on the Essex Police website.

Decisions from Plans East 6 December 2017

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 6 December 2017.


  • EPF/1401/17 – Hartlands, 4A Kendal Avenue, Epping, Essex, CM16 4PN
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2162/17 – Plot 3, Ashlings Farm, Ashlings Farm Lane, High Ongar, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 0JU
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2173/17 – 16 Kendal Avenue, Epping Essex, CM16 4PW
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2185/17 – NHS Radio Mast Site, New Road, Lambourne End, Essex, RM4 1AR
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2441/17 – 54 Rayfield, Epping, Essex, CM16 5AH
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2448/17 – 38 High Road, North Weald Bassett, Epping, Essex, CM16 6BU
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2500/17 – Oakbank, Theydon Park Road, Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7LS
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2504/17 – Land to rear of 1-7 Rodney Road, 2-22 Fairfield Road and 2- 6 Glebe Road Ongar, Essex, CM5 9HJ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2735/17 – Merlin Way, North Weald, Epping, Essex, CM16 6HR
    Permission granted

Planning application search

Access a range of services over Christmas

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Our building may be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017 until 9am Tuesday 2 January 2018, but we are still providing a wide range of services by phone and online throughout the Christmas break.

Self serve online

Contact us

Non emergency

You can report missed bin collections, noise complaints, fly tipping, fraud, abandoned vehicles online


If you need to report an emergency, please contact us on the below details.

  • Call 01992 564199 for housing related emergencies (loss of power, blockages, uncontainable leaks, if you are locked out of your home)
  • Call 01992 564000 for all other emergency enquiries

Your call will connect to the Mears support desk which will be manned 24/7 until the offices reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Social media

We will be able to assist you through the council’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook from 9am until 9pm every day throughout the Christmas period.

Pay for it

You are able to pay your council tax, rent, business rates and leasehold charges via the online payment portal and by phone 24/7.

  • Pay online
  • Pay by phone 01992 564600
  • The Debden Broadway cash office will close at 4:30pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • The payment kiosks in the civic offices, Epping will close at 4:40pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • The payment kiosk in Waltham Abbey library is subject to Waltham Abbey library opening hours

Benefit payments revised dates

2 scheduled Benefit payments will be made earlier than usual over the Christmas period.

  • Payments due on 25 December 2017 will be made on Friday 22 December 2017
  • Payments due on 1 January 2018 will be made on Wednesday 27 December 2017

Please remember that the period until the next payment will be slightly longer because it will revert to the original schedule.

Apply for it

Apply for planning permission, building regulations, council housing, licensing, jobs applications and more online. Applications made throughout this time will be processed when the offices reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Waste and recycling

Revised collections

  • Collections due Tuesday 26 December 2017 will be collected on Wednesday 27 December 2017
  • Collections due Wednesday 27 December 2017 will be collected on Thursday 28 December 2017
  • Collections due Thursday 28 December 2017 will be collected on Friday 29 December 2017
  • Collections due Friday 29 December 2017 will be collected on Saturday 30 December 2017

Your usual collection dates will resume on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Recycling REAL Christmas trees

Leave your real Christmas trees with your food and garden waste throughout January 2018.

Remove the pot, all decorations and if over 6ft, cut in half to ensure safe collection. We are unable to recycle your fake Christmas trees, so please leave us real trees only!

Special collections

Our special collections service will close at 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will resume at 9am on 2 January 2018.

Lost or found dogs

If you have lost or found a dog within the area, please contact us on the below number. Calls are monitored and handled by the Waltham Forest dog team.

  • Call 07815 512833

Car parks

Free weekend parking in December! All of our car parks are free on weekends throughout December and bank holidays.

Epping Forest District Museum

Epping Forest District Museum is closed from 4pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopens 10am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

5K in grants given to voluntary and community groups

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5 local community and voluntary groups have been awarded £4,860 in grants to improve the social and physical wellbeing of the districts residents and are a great opportunity to help others in our community

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Grants awarded to

  • Loughton Broadway Town Partnership
    £1500 for defibrillator to be installed on Loughton Broadway for community use
  • Loughton High Road Town Centre Partnership
    £1000 for defibrillator to be installed on Loughton High Road for community use.
  • Ongar Town Football Club
    £235 for football equipment to support the members of the club and visitors.
  • Larsens Bowling Club
    £625 for bowling equipment to encourage young people to participate in the sport.
  • Roydon Playing Fields Management Association
    £1,540 to support their transporting service which supports older people.

Grants up to £5,000 available

Could your community group use funding to help the social and physical wellbeing of the districts residents?

If yes, apply now for a grant towards projects to improve facilities, equipment purchases, capital projects and new initiatives.

Grants up to £5,000 are available to

  • Local voluntary and community groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Arts and culture groups
  • Trusts
  • Friendly societies
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest groups

Who can apply?

Groups that apply must

  • Operate on a charitable or non-profit making basis
  • Be based, or are active, in the Epping Forest district
  • Demonstrate true local independence
  • Offer services and facilities to all eligible local residents
  • Have no unfair restrictions on membership or participation
  • Be able to show a clear need for financial support
  • Have a bank or building account under the name of the applicant organisation

Make your application today

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ”We really appreciate the hard work the voluntary and community sector does within the district.”

“In tough economic times the need for groups to receive funding and support is vital and it’s great to see how our grants can make a real difference to the residents of our community. If your group is eligible, don’t delay and make your application today.”

Make an application

  • Download an application form
  • Fill in an application
  • Attach your most recent bank statement, set of accounts, safeguarding policy and constitution
  • Submit the application to
  • Or by hard copy to Grant Aid Scheme, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

More information

For further information on Grant Aid

Epping Forest Shopping Park open for Christmas

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The new Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton is up and running and open for Christmas.

Epping Forest Shopping Park

Stores open

Stores open in time for Christmas are

The new shopping park at Langston Road in Loughton is owned by Epping Forest District Council. It’s a short walk from Debden tube station with over 300 parking bays including 10 charging points for electric vehicles. There’s cycle racks for 34 bikes as well.

A fantastic range of well-known and popular retailers

“I’m delighted to see our new shopping park open,” said Councillor Anne Grigg, Economic Development portfolio holder at Epping Forest District Council. “We’ve got a fantastic range of well-known and popular retailers, and for many it’s their first store to open in the Epping Forest district.”

“Analysis showed us 75% of local residents travelled out of the district to shop. Now the Epping Forest Shopping Park can plug that gap and residents can now shop locally at the stores they want.”

Epping Forest Shopping Park logo

New jobs for the local area

Councillor Grigg ended with: “The retail park not only provides new jobs for the local area, it’s rental income will be put back into local services, contributing to keeping Epping Forest District Council a low Council Tax council.”

Local Plan Council 14 December 2017

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District councillors approved publication of the submission version of the Local Plan at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 14 December. The decision paves the way for the start of Regulation 19, a six week period during which residents and other interested parties can comment on the legal soundness of the plan before submission to the government at the end of March.

Development within Epping Forest District up to 2033

The Local Plan contains policies for development within Epping Forest District up to 2033. It includes the designation of areas for housing, employment and the Metropolitan Green Belt.

Publication of the submission version of the Local Plan was accelerated after the Secretary of State Sajid Javid warned councils to expect government intervention and significant additional housing allocations where Local Plans are not in place. Epping Forest District could see the number of new homes almost doubled if it did not submit its plan for inspection by a government-appointed inspector by the end of March 2018.

Invitation of submissions

Councillors agreed the Plan and the invitation of submissions on legality, soundness and the duty to co-operate with neighbouring councils for a six week period commencing 18 December.

The Plan and a special form designed to assist residents make submissions will be available to complete from 12pm Monday on the Epping Forest District Council website. A printable pdf version of the form will also be available to download. Reference copies of the Local Plan and associated documents will also be available to view at the following locations:

  • Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping
  • Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping
  • Epping Forest District Council Loughton Broadway Housing Office
  • Epping Forest District Council Limes Centre Chigwell
  • Epping Sports Centre
  • Loughton Leisure Centre
  • Ongar Leisure Centre
  • Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool
  • Buckhurst Hill Library
  • Chigwell Library
  • Chipping Ongar Library
  • Epping Library
  • Loughton Library
  • North Weald Library
  • Waltham Abbey Library

Final representations must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 29 January 2018.