Epping Forest District Council wins Local Plan challenge

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The High Court has dismissed the legal challenge to the Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan Submission Version 2017 paving the way for the Council to submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination. The Court rejected all four grounds of challenge brought by property development company CK Properties (Theydon Bois) Ltd, endorsing the lawfulness of the Council decision to approve the Local Plan for 11,400 new homes over the Plan period up to 2033.

Updated 22 August 2018

However the Council cannot currently submit the plan for examination due to an injunction placed by Mrs Justice Lang in the High Court on 21 March 2018 restraining the Council from submitting the Local Plan until final determination of the legal proceedings.  The claimants made an application for permission to appeal to the High Court which was refused on 13 July 2018.  The order made by Mr Justice Supperstone accepted that final determination of the legal proceedings included any application for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.  The claimants have now submitted an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal.  We are currently waiting for that application to be determined by the Court of Appeal.  We understand it is being expedited but we do not currently have a timeline for the decision.

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The Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor John Philip described the Court’s decision as “good news” and the positive outcome is also seen as vindication of the Council’s approach by its Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread.

John Philip expressed his gratitude to the Court saying: “The production of the Local Plan is possibly the most difficult thing the Council has ever had to do. The issues involved in planning for growth in the District are very sensitive and, inevitably, emotions often run high, but the Court has endorsed the Council’s approach having scrutinised the decision-making process.”

Chris Whitbread was also pleased. He said: “As Councillors we take a balanced view between the protection of the character of the District we love and the need to provide decent homes for local people. We burnt a great deal of ‘midnight oil’ to understand and balance complex issues while collectively studying and guiding the evolution of the Plan through workshops, meetings and engagement before making some really difficult decisions.”

Councillor Philip continued: “I hope CK Properties will see the sense of the Court’s judgment, and pursue their arguments through the Local Plan Examination process, which has always been the proper place to air their concerns, and spare Council Tax payers any additional expense by resorting to the legal appeal process.”

What’s on? Summer activities – Week 3

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 6 to Friday 10 August 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Celebration cake decoration workshop

  • Tuesday 7 August
  • 10am-12pm
  • Epping Forest district council community services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • £5.50
  • Ages 5-14

Book


Family fun with printmaking

  • Tuesday 7 August
  • 12pm- 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Ages 5-13

No need to book


Drop in and draw

  • Wednesday 8 August
  • 30am-12.30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • All ages

No need to book


Bird day

  • Wednesday 8 August
  • 11am- 1pm
  • Epping Green Millennium Garden, Epping Green, Cm16 6PR
  • £3
  • Ages 4-11

Please call Countrycare on 01992564224 to book


Old MacDonald & the 3 pigs plus

  • Thursday 6 August
  • 30pm-3.30pm
  • Jazz Archive Room, 1 Floor, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton 1G10 1HD
  • £8
  • Ages 4+

Book


Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times


Further details

Be part of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Vision

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Harlow Council, Epping Forest District Council and East Herts Council will be hosting events throughout July to unveil the first look of the vision for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

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The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Vision sets out the commitment from all involved councils, including Hertfordshire and Essex County Councils, to deliver a high quality Garden Town with a strong sense of community, a mix of housing in villages and neighbourhoods to suit all budgets and a wide range of facilities and jobs for new and existing residents.

To give everyone an opportunity to provide their input and feedback before it is finalised, events are being held in Harlow, Epping and Gilston to welcome as many people as possible.

Come to our First Look events

Harlow

Epping

Gilston

We want your feedback

Or download and save the Spatial Vision feedback form to your computer or tablet

Once completed you can either post your response

  • Garden Town Team
    Epping Forest District Council
    Civic Offices
    323 High Street
    Epping
    Essex
    CM16 4BZ

Or email

All feedback must be completed and returned by 5pm Friday 27 July.

Community at its heart

Claire Hamilton, Director, Harlow and Gilston Garden Town said:“We are really excited to share our Vision for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town with you. This Vision demonstrates our commitment to deliver a successful Garden Town with existing and new communities at its heart.

“We do hope you can join us at one of these events to share with us your thoughts on this Vision. This is your opportunity to start shaping the future of the Garden Town.”

What’s on? Summer activities – Week 2

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 30 July to Saturday 4 August 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Little storytellers

  • Monday 30 July
  • 30am – 12pm
  • St James Hall, St James Avenue, Ongar CM5 9EL
  • £8
  • Suitable for ages 4+

 

  • Friday 3 August
  • 30am- 12pm
  • Forest Room, Jack Silley Pavilion, Stonards Hill, Recreation Ground, Epping, CM16 6SP
  • £8
  • Suitable for ages 4+

Book


Learn how to make funky scarecrows

  • Tuesday 31 July
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Marketing Garden Terrace, Epping Community Garden (near the back of M&S)
  • £5.50
  • Suitable for ages 5-14

Book


Family fun flower art

  • Tuesday 31 July
  • 12pm- 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Suitable for ages 5-13

Book


Drop in and draw

  • Wednesday 1 August
  • 30am – 12.30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Suitable for all ages

Book


Make your own paper and wool pom pom

  • Wednesday 1 August
  • 1pm-3pm
  • Oakwood Hall Community Hall, Longcroft Rise, Loughton, IG10 3NB
  • £5.50
  • Suitable for ages 8-16

Book


Family fun day

  • Saturday 4 August
  • 11am – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • Free (donations welcome)
  • Suitable for ages 3-13

Booking not required


Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times


Further details

 

Decisions from Plans West 20 June 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/3500/17 – Stoneshot Farm, Hoe Lane, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2RW
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0804/18 – Upland Lodge, Epping Road, Epping Upland, Epping, Essex, CM16 6PX
    Permission granted

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Decisions from Plans South 11 June 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 11 June 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/0021/18 – 14 Shelley Grove, Loughton IG10 1BY
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0398/18 – 9 Tomswood Road, Chigwell, IG7 5QP
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0440/18 – 2 Connaught Avenue, Loughton, IG10 4DP
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0454/18 – 38 Chigwell Lane, Loughton, IG10 3NY
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0457/18 – 38 Chigwell Lane, Loughton, IG10 3NY
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0559/18 – 8 New Forest Lane, Chigwell, IG7 5QN
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0583/18 – Oakland House, Oaklands, Warren Hill, Loughton, IG10 4RL
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0616/18 – 60 Tycehurst Hill, Loughton, IG10 1DA
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0621/18 – Warehouse at Tutein Farm, Grove Lane, Chigwell
    Deferred to DDMC
  • EPF/0629/18 – 77 Stradbroke Grove, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5PE
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0634/18 – 26 Stanmore Way, Loughton, IG10 2SA
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0725/18 – 26 Lee Grove, Chigwell, IG7 6AF
    Permission refused

Planning application search

Decisions from Plans East 13 June 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 13 June 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/0065/18 – Berwick Farm, Berwick Lane, Stanford Rivers, Ongar, CM5 9PY
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0073/18 – Berwick Farm, Berwick Lane, Stanford Rivers, Ongar, CM5 9PY
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0102/18 – 1 Gun Cottage, Abridge Road, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7NN
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0141/18 – Land East of Church Lane, Sheering
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0615/18 – Steers Pigstye Green Road, Willingale, Ongar, CM5 0QF
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0891/18 – George House High Street Ongar CM5 9JG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1000/18 – 21/23 Forest Drive, Theydon Bois, CM16 7HA
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1002/18 – 21/23 Forest Drive, Theydon Bois, CM16 7HA
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1043/18 – 17 Woodland Way, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7DY
    Permission granted

Planning application search

What’s on? Summer activities – Week 1

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 23 to Friday 27 July 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Comedy Club 4 Kids

  • Monday 23 July
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Large Marquee at Chigwell Hall, Chigwell, IG7 6BD
  • £10 per person
  • Ages 6+

Book


Cupcake decorating workshop

  • Tuesday 24 July
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Council community services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping Cm16 4LU
  • £5.50
  • Ages 5-14

Book


Family fun with clay

  • Tuesday 24 July
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Ages 5-13

Book


Musical in 2 days! Bugsy Malone

  • Wednesday 25 July to Thursday 26 July
  • 10am – 3pm
  • North Weald Village Hall High Road, North Weald, C16 6BU
  • £40
  • Ages 5+

Book


Be a print maker

  • Wednesday 25 July
  • 10am – 1pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £10
  • Ages 8+

Book


Chigwell Row Wood Treasure Hunt

  • Wednesday 25 July
  • 11am – 1pm
  • Chigwell Row Wood, Brocket Way, Chigwell, IG7 4LU (entrance opposite junction with Greenwood Road)
  • £3
  • Ages 6-11

Book


Introduction to tapestry weaving workshop

  • Wednesday 25 July
  • 1pm – 3pm
  • Oakwood Hill community hall, Longcroft Rise, Loughton IG10 3NB
  • £5.50
  • Ages 8-16

Book


Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times


Further details

Cabinet 14 June 2018

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Councillor Nigel Avey was welcomed to the first meeting of Cabinet since his appointment as Environment Portfolio Holder. Councillors received reports from Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Asset Management and Economic Development and the Finance and Performance Management Cabinet Committee.

Transformation

Further reports outlined progress on the Council’s Transformation Programme and office Accommodation Review. Following the listing of the Civic Offices, Councillor Chris Whitbread described the sensitive process of negotiation with Historic England needed to obtain the best outcome for residents.

Sports facilities

Leisure Portfolio Holder Helen Kane emphasised the importance of fitness and good mental health encapsulated in its Leisure and Wellbeing Strategy. Addressing a petition supporting the retention of sports facilities in Epping, Councillor Kane reassured councillors that significant investment has been made recently in Epping and other centres. There is a long term aspiration to redevelop the site of the current sports centre for housing but Councillor Kane was committed to sports provision. She is looking at potential options and locations for better facilities in the future.

Councillor Chris Whitbread added that Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool had remained open while Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre was being built and Epping Sports Centre would remain open until any alternative developments were completed.

Award-winning volunteer team

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Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum Collections Volunteers team have won the Collections Champion Award from SHARE Museums East.

Andrew and Sarah Goodliffe, 2 of our volunteers, attended the celebration evening at Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket on Wednesday 6 June to collect the award on behalf of the whole volunteering team. Our team was 1 of 11 from the East of England to be shortlisted for this award.

Andrew and Sarah SHARE awards

Our Volunteers

With only 1 full-time specialist Collections Officer the museum relies on the help and care the team of volunteers bring to the collection to fulfil its potential. In making their decision the judges considered the team’s passion, commitment, dedication and initiative.

Our core team of collections volunteers consist of 12 members. We have 3 volunteers who work on the garden and 2 front of house volunteers. At the moment there are a further 12 volunteers working on specialist projects and exhibitions; the largest cohort has recently been researching Hertfordshire man Stephen Warner for the current exhibition Stephen Warner: One Man’s Journey through War at Lowewood Museum.

Group photo of winners at SHARE Museums East award ceremony

Volunteers’ Week

This week, 1–7 June, is Volunteers’ Week, a chance to thank all volunteers for their contribution to our service. This award, which the team were nominated for by Assistant Museums, Heritage and Culture Manager, Will O’Neill, is the perfect way to say thank you.

SHARE Museums East

SHARE Museums East, based in Norfolk, support museums in the East of England. They provide staff and volunteer training, project funding and help with collections management.

Find out more at sharemuseumseast.org.uk