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.

District Council Chief Executive moving to Sussex

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Glen Chipp has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Horsham District Council. The West Sussex authority is due to confirm the decision at its Full Council meeting on Tuesday 19 December. He has commuted to Epping Forest District Council via the M25 since joining as Chief Executive in October 2012. He lives only 19 miles from Horsham.

Glen Chipp

What we have worked to achieve

Speaking following his appointment Mr Chipp said: “I want to thank everyone for all the support and friendship I have been offered in my five years with Epping Forest District Council including staff, councillors and an excellent Board of Directors. I think the Council has made great progress during my time. I look back with pride on the work we have achieved together, including the first new council housing built in the district for almost 30 years, Epping Forest Shopping Park, new leisure centre and domestic waste and recycling contracts, the extension of Epping Forest Museum and a host of other major projects. At the same time we have managed to freeze the Council Tax throughout with prospects for another zero percent increase likely next year.”

“Behind the scenes, Epping Forest District Council is also transforming the way we work, modernising and streamlining to protect and continue the delivery of those vital services our residents rely on so much.”

Preparing the way for the future

The Council is already progressing with a transformation process. Council Leader Chris Whitbread said: “We have already started planning for a new era. I hope to have an appointment in place by the time Glen leaves in March.”

Chris Whitbread continued: I would like to thank Glen for all his hard work over the last five years. He came to a solid and well run organisation. He has taken us forward and prepared the way for the future. As government funding falls we are aspiring to become financially independent, guaranteeing services through our own means. Glen has played a massive part in our progress. I know the long commute took its toll on him and his family. Horsham DC is to be congratulated on acquiring an excellent new Chief Executive. On behalf of the whole Council I want to wish Glen every success in his new role.”

Decisions from Plans West 13 December 2017

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Decisions

  • EPF/2170/17 – Land and Garages, Woollard Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1HE
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2278/17 – Threeways Nursery, Sedge Green, Roydon, CM19 5JS
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2400/17 – Upland Lodge, Epping Road, Epping Upland, CM16 6PX
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2413/17 – 1 Bentons Cottages, Middle Street, Nazeing, EN9 2LN
    Decision deferred
  • EPF/2569/17 – Netherkidders Laundry, Lane Nazeing, EN9 2DY
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2585/17 – Rye Hill House, Rye Hill Road, Epping Upland, CM18 7JG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2600/17 – 10 The Magpies Epping Upland Epping, CM16 6QG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2914/17 – Netherhouse Farm, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, E4 7RJ
    Permission granted

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Decisions from DDMC 29 November 2017

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Planning application decisions from the District Development Management Committee meeting Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Decisions

  • EPF/1849/17 – Chigwell Primary School, High Road Chigwell
    Deferred to next DDMC
  • EPF/1390/17 – The Lodge, Woolston Hall, Abridge Road, Chigwell
    Deferred to Full Council
  • EPF/1973/17 – Newstead, 19 Cooperale Common, Coopersale
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1492/16 – The Chimes Nursery, Old Nazeing Road, Nazeing
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1956/17 – Broxlea Nursery, Nursery Road, Nazeing
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1765/17 – 5 Beech Lane, Buckhurst Hill
    Permission granted

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Need help with your housing repairs?

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Need a housing repair, energy efficiency works or disabled adaptations? Got an empty home? Financial assistance for home-owners and private tenants is available.

Landscape

Am I eligible?

Under the Housing Assistance Policy there are several types of financial assistance available to home owner and private sector tenants.

What type of assistance is available?

  • Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants are available to provide adaptations for disabled home owners and private tenants. Subject to qualifying criteria the mandatory grant will be for the full cost of the work up to a maximum of £30,000.

The Council also gives 3 main types of discretionary assistance; Decent Homes Repayable Assistance, Empty Homes Repayable Assistance and Small Works Repayable Assistance.

  • Decent Homes Repayable Assistance is financial assistance available to owner occupiers and long leaseholders to bring private homes up to the ‘Decent Homes Standard’. Subject to qualifying criteria the Assistance will be for the full cost of the work up to a maximum of £10,000.
  • Small Works Repayable Assistance is financial assistance available to owner occupiers and long leaseholders to remove hazards or repair defects that are likely to damage the fabric of a property. Subject to qualifying criteria the Assistance will be for the full cost of the work up to a maximum of £3,000.
  • Empty Homes Repayable Assistance is financial assistance available to persons intending to bring empty properties back into use and live in them as their home. Assistance is to a maximum of £10,000.

More financial options now available

Leader of the Council Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “Needing adaptations or repairs to your home can really put a strain on your finances, we want to give people a fair opportunity to carry out the works they need.”

“Under our new Housing Assistance Policy there are now more financial options available to home owners and private sector tenants.

So don’t put it off, get in touch today to see if you are eligible.”

More information

For more details on eligibility criteria and how to apply please contact

One month left to apply for the 2018 Creativity Award

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Applications are open for a single award of up to £1,000, to every young person in the district, aged between 13 and 25 years.

Creativity Award 2017

We want to support you

If you have a talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage, we want to support you and develop your skills.

The award is open to individuals and groups with a minimum of 3 people who are looking for support for their creative activity. A group can already be established (i.e. art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras) or have formed especially to apply for this funding.

The award is open to heritage projects and other young people’s programmes through our museum service.

Leisure and Community service portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “The Creativity Award is a great opportunity for young creatives to develop their craft”.

“Developing talent at a young age can be costly, so we are looking to help lighten the load. If this sounds like something a group or individual you know would benefit from, or even you, don’t delay make an application”.

Make an application

Applicants are required to show their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help develop their talent. They must be able to demonstrate they are actively pursuing their interest through volunteering, education, exhibition or performance.

To apply, or for more information, visit

The deadline for applications is 12am on Friday 5 January 2018.

December fun thanks to the Lottery

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Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum will be offering a 10% discount in gift shops and Lowewood Museum’s refreshment area to National Lottery players.

EFD Museum

Come visit

Our museums are joining 350 National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Monday 11 – Saturday 16 December 2017
  • Opening times:
    Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday – 10am to 4pm
    Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Heritage Lottery Fund

Epping Forest District Museum has received £1,782,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money paid for the recent redevelopment as well as a range of projects, enabling community engagement and collections acquisition.

Lowewood Museum has received £156,000 for exhibition and engagement projects including the restoration of the Pulham kiln site in Broxbourne.

Providing opportunities for communities

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to provide a fantastic new museum offer in the Epping Forest District and the opportunities for our community to explore the heritage has been massively enriched.”

Terms and Conditions

  • One National Lottery ticket provides 10% off in the museum gift shop and refreshment area at Lowewood Museum.
  • All National Lottery games qualify for the offer, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratch card. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • The offer is valid on the days the museum is open between Monday 11 and Saturday 16 December. Epping Forest District Museum is open 10am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
  • Only one ticket can be used per transaction.

For more information, visit:

‘Submission’ version of Local Plan published

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The Epping Forest District Local Plan – Submission Version 2017 is available to view ahead of a special Council meeting to be webcast on 14 December.

Local plan time line

Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version 2017

Councillors will be asked to approve formal publication of the ‘Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version 2017’. If agreed, residents will be invited to make representations on the legality and soundness of the Plan during a six week period between 18 December and 29 January. Representations will then be submitted with the Local Plan for examination by a government-appointed planning inspector.

Consideration of the Local Plan has been brought forward following Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid’s announcement that councils failing to submit a Local Plan for examination before 31 March 2018 could see housing allocations significantly increased. If Epping Forest District’s Plan is not submitted in time, the 11,400 new housing requirement allocated for the District could increase to 20,000 over the Local Plan period up to 2033.

Subject to Council approval, the Plan and all supporting documents will be published to its website from 18 December with a special form for residents, developers and any other interested stakeholders to complete.

The Council hopes people will use the online form specially created for the purpose.

The next stage in the process

Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor John Philip said: “We held extensive consultation on the Local Plan last year. The next stage in the process restricts representations to legal compliance and soundness of the Plan. The online form is designed to help everyone follow the guidelines and submit comments in the right format for the planning inspector who will ultimately hold the public examination and approve or reject the Plan. Using the form will give you the best chance of ensuring the inspector takes your views into account.”

However, Councillor Philip added: “We know online forms are not for everyone. We will also provide a printable version if you prefer paper as well as accepting email submissions on behalf of the inspector.”

Watch the meeting online

The ‘Submission Version 2017’ of the Local Plan has been published online as part of the Council agenda.

Due to the nature and complexity of the Plan, the meeting is scheduled to start earlier than usual at 6pm. Limited public viewing is available in the Council chamber and the Council will also provide access via breakout TV screens in the atrium of the Civic offices.

The meeting will also be webcast and residents will be able to watch live and recorded online from the comfort of their own homes.

Councillor Philip added: “Publication over the Christmas period is not ideal but the government consultation leaves little choice if we are to hit the 31 March deadline. However, by sharing the Plan through the Council agenda as early as possible, we can effectively give people an extra two weeks to think about any comments and submissions before the formal representations period starts.”

The Council is also writing to everyone who previously expressed interest in the Local Plan.

Take part in No Borders

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The Epping Forest District Museum is looking for individuals from ethnic backgrounds to tell their stories and share experiences.

EFD Museum

No borders

If you live or work in the Epping Forest District or Borough of Broxbourne and are of ethnic minority; we want you to share stories from your childhood, home or work-life and become part of our oral history collection.

Funded by Arts Council England, No Borders is in partnership with Epping Forest District, Lowewood and Chelmsford Museums and is part of the Arts Council’s England Resilient Museums Project.

How will it work?

The project will take place from January to March 2018.

A suitable time will be arranged to interview you. There will be the opportunity to take part in film and audio interviews, all interviews will become a part of either museum’s collection and be used in future exhibitions and events, promoting diversity and the changing demographics of the district.

Exciting opportunity

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “This Project ‘No Borders’ is an exciting opportunity for our community, to learn from one another and be more inclusive.

If you would be interested in sharing your experiences past or present I encourage you to get in contact with the museum, and be part of the ‘No Borders’ project.”

Take part

If you are interested please get in touch before 15 December 2017.

Please contact Sabrina Ishfaq, if are you interested in being part of the ‘No Borders’ project

Santa Claus is coming to town

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Come visit Father Christmas in his grotto Saturday 9 December at the Epping Forest Museum and receive a gift.

Father Christmas 2017

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 9 December
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Price: £5 per child

No need to book, just drop in to the museum between 11am and 4pm. You’ll be given a time slot on arrival and while you wait, there will be Christmas themed crafts to make.

Free festive foods

As well as Santa visiting, various cafes and restaurants in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey are offering you a taste of winter from different places and cultures.

Vendors will be giving free samples of their food in the museum garden from

  • 12pm to 2.30pm

Get in festive the spirit

Leisure and community portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “Now the lights have been switched on and the days are getting colder it can only mean one thing, the festive season is upon is. Come visit the museum and their special guest and get in the festive spirit.

This is a great community event for all the family, not only is Santa stopping by but you’ll get the chance to experience festive food from around the globe.

This is such a special time of year and we look forward to helping you celebrate, no need to book, just drop by”