Planning fees rise

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Planning application fees will increase by 20% from Wednesday 17 January 2018.

This is in line with new government regulations agreed by parliament on 19 December 2017. It is the first planning fee increase for 5 years. All planning applications which have not been validated before 17 January will have to pay the increased fee.

Landscape

What are the changes?

All planning application fees will increase by 20% from Wednesday 17 January 2018. The 3 most popular applications in the Epping Forest district are

  1. single dwelling householder applications alterations/extensions fees will increase from £172 to £206
  2. full applications on new dwellings fees will increase from £385 to £462 per dwelling
  3. notification for prior approval for a change of use fees will increase from £80 to £96

The Planning Portal has a fee calculator but this will continue to display the old fees until 17 January 2018.

Why are fees increasing?

“Currently the planning fees do not cover our planning service costs” said Councillor John Philip Portfolio Holder for Planning and Governance. “We don’t think all Council Tax payers should part fund a service the majority of them do not use. There is an argument that users of the planning service should be paying more already.”

“The proposed increases by the government were agreed at Cabinet on 9 March 2017 and the increase in planning application fees will be used to enhance the planning service provided by Epping Forest District Council.”

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 eip@essex.gov.uk 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

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

Emergency

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 grantaid@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
  • 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.”

Free weekend parking throughout December

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We are offering free car parking on Saturdays and Sundays in 18 Epping Forest District Council owned car parks from Saturday 2 December to Sunday 31 December 2017.

car parks

Support local

Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder, Councillor Sam Kane said: ”We hope that by relaxing the car parking charges over the weekends in the lead up to Christmas, we will help encourage our residents to shop locallySupporting our retailers and town centres throughout the Christmas period.”

”There are so many benefits to shopping locally. We want to give our residents easier access to our shops throughout the festive season, hopefully reducing the need to visit busy, overcrowded shopping centres and taking their custom outside the district.”

Further information

Council reacts to Government consultation on housing requirements

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The Epping Forest District Local Plan is moving closer to completion as the Council acts to finalise the Plan before new changes are introduced by the Government.

Local plan time line

Last month the Government published proposals to change the way in which housing requirements are calculated for Local Plans. Such proposals would result in major changes being required to the Epping Forest District Local Plan to significantly increase the amount of new housing for the District from 11,400 homes identified in the Draft Local Plan to 20,306 if the Plan has not been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination before the end of March 2018.

As a result the Council is aiming to publish the Plan towards the end of December for a period of six weeks, at which stage it will be possible to make representations in relation to the soundness and legal compliance of the Plan before the Council submits it for Examination. Any representations received will then be made available to the Planning Inspector appointed to undertake the Examination.

By submitting the Plan for Examination before the end of March 2018, the Council is seeking to ensure that the District will be covered by an up to date Plan to meet future development and infrastructure needs at the earliest possible opportunity. The Plan will require high quality development to be accompanied by required infrastructure in the most sustainable locations, enabling the Council to resist development proposals which are deemed to be inappropriate.

Latest update sent to stakeholders

Cabinet Planning Portfolio Holder John Philip is writing to update relevant partner organisations and stakeholders.

Councillor Philip said: “We received more than 3,000 representations to last year’s consultation as well as suggestions for new sites. The sites we identify need to be practical and sustainable. Protecting the character of the district remains one of our top priorities while recognising we must have new housing if we are to meet local need. With housing we also need infrastructure, everything from, roads, public transport and electricity supply to schools, health facilities and leisure centres.”

Councillor Philip continued: “There is a severe housing shortage in the South East and a great deal of external pressure on our district. If we don’t finalise and submit our Local Plan before the end of March, new government proposals could require us to go back to the drawing board and that would leave us without an up to date Plan to guide and manage future growth. Therefore, it is now more important than ever that we get the Plan to the Inspectorate without delay.”

Town and Parish councils, residents associations, environmental groups and individuals are among those receiving the latest update on Local Plan progress.

Meet the buyer comes to Epping Forest

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Do you own a small business in the district and want to learn more from the big companies? Then join us at our free ‘meet the buyer’ event on Thursday 23 November.

Meet the Buyer logoSharing knowledge

Sponsored by the Marriot Hotel and organised in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, ‘meet they buyer’ aims to put local small and medium sized companies together with some of the biggest buyers in and around the district.

Local businesses will have the opportunity to hear first-hand how these big organisations buy goods and services, and meet key people with roles in procurement in these organisations.

The day will involve a series of short presentations from key buying organisations and the opportunities for questions and answer followed by time for networking.

Organisations attending

  • Stansted Airport
  • Public Health England
  • Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel
  • Vibrant Partnerships
  • Essex County Council
  • Epping Forest District Council

Bringing buyers and sellers together

Economic Development Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Anne Grigg said: “This is a really important event. All the organisations we work with are keen to buy more locally, and all our local companies are keen to sell. The event is all about bringing the buyers and sellers together, explaining how procurement systems work, and hopefully enabling local companies to get more business from major organisations.”

Buying locally

Chairman of the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce John Price said:  “Many of our small to medium size businesses struggle to manage with the growing trend of people buying products and services outside our district. Buying locally has always been supported by the Chamber whenever possible. Attending businesses will have the chance to meet and discuss opportunities available to them. This could be anything from IT, cleaning services, design, products or others. It will be a good chance to meet fellow businesses in our district as there will be ample opportunities to network.”

Register today

  • When: Thursday 23 November
  • Where: Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel, Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3LX
  • Time: 9am to 12pm

The event is free for local businesses but places limited so register for a place today

For more information contact

Support local history, culture and art and become a trustee

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Do you have a have a passion for culture, history and learning? Do you live or work in the Epping Forest District or the Borough of Broxbourne? Think you have the right skill set and expertise to support an exciting new trust? Then apply to become a trustee for our new ‘culture without borders development trust’.

Epping Forest District Museum

Culture without Borders Development Trust

Epping Forest District & Lowewood Museums along with Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon are establishing a charitable trust. Aiming to assist with ambitious development plans, promotion, knowledge sharing, history and culture. Not only locally but on a regional and national level.

The trust will play a key role in:

  • Developing funding strategies and fundraising campaigns, including individual giving and legacies
  • Assist with the future development
  • Help to attract or create new exhibitions and events
  • Build upon the strong body of work already undertaken

Trustee skills

Applications for trustee positions are welcome from those who are not only committed to ensuring that the museums’, culture and theatres futures are secured, and go from strength to strength, but also have specialist skills in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Philanthropy
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Public relations
  • Arts
  • Heritage
  • Leisure and Culture
  • Retail, hospitality and tourism
  • Charity & Social Enterprise

Exciting new venture

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “The new ‘Culture without borders development trust’ is an exciting new venture, created to support Epping Forest District & Lowewood Museums and the Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon.”

“These platforms do so much for history, culture and the arts throughout the district and beyond. Encouraging learning and enabling our community to come together through creativity and common interests. Our area has such a rich history and I look forward to seeing the team grow and continue to reach more people throughout the region.”

“If you feel you can contribute to our new venture we would love to hear from you, don’t delay get in touch today.”

Apply to be a trustee

The deadline for an expression of interest is 12pm Friday 24th November 2017.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be during week commencing 4 December 2017.

For an informal discussion or for an information pack, please contact:

  • Tony O’Connor
  • 01992 564986
  • aoconnor@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
  • Epping Forest District Museum
  • 39 – 41 Sun Street
  • Waltham Abbey.EN9 1EL