Green light for draft Local Plan consultation

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Epping Forest District’s Full Council met on Tuesday 18 October 2016 and approved the draft Local Plan for public consultation.

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Consultation with residents

The Council will now run a consultation on the draft Local Plan for six weeks from 31 October to 12 December 2016 to gain feedback from the Epping Forest district community.

A dedicated website (www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/planningourfuture) has been available since 15 September, and acts as a one stop shop for information on the draft Local Plan and the consultation process. A questionnaire will also be available on the website for people to feedback to the Planning Policy team.

Visit an exhibition in your area

The Council is organising public exhibitions in Epping, Chigwell, Waltham Abbey, Loughton, Ongar and North Weald in early November, with a number of static information points available throughout the consultation period across the district so people can find out more. More information about these events will be published on the website and through a district wide newsletter.

The draft Local Plan sets out the proposed strategy to meet the economic and housing growth in the district up until 2033, identifying potential sites for development and regeneration and sets out proposed draft development management policies. It also outlines the necessary infrastructure to support the development.

Influence how the district grows

Councillor John Philip, Epping Forest District Council Planning Policy Portfolio Holder, explained: ”A Local Plan is your best opportunity to guide how the district grows and to protect ourselves from inappropriate development. Without a Local Plan we are vulnerable to developers taking the opportunity to submit applications for sites that we do not consider appropriate or sustainable.

“This Plan has been progressed with over 130 pieces of evidence and technical work, and has been shaped through thousands of pieces of feedback we received from residents through consultations in 2010/2011 and 2012.

“The draft Local Plan represents a balance between the requirement from Government to deliver the identified and evidenced need for economic and housing growth, and the need to protect the greenness of our district. We are trying to do this by ensuring it is delivered in as sensitive, sustainable and fair a way as possible across the whole district.

“With 92% of Epping Forest district designated as Metropolitan Green Belt, we have been clear all along we will do our best to follow what you told us and so it seeks to ensure that, as far as possible, the Green Belt is protected for future generations, whilst providing for our housing needs.”

Working with neighbouring councils

Epping Forest District Council has been working with neighbouring authorities in Harlow, East Hertfordshire and Uttlesford in order to achieve a cross border understanding of the level of growth needed up until 2033.

With a growing and ageing population, current evidence shows that Epping Forest district needs to deliver approximately 11,400 new homes over the draft Local Plan period. However, with around 2,500 new homes already built or in the pipeline with planning permission, the main aim of the Plan is focused on where the remaining 8,900 or so properties and infrastructure should go.

The draft Local Plan proposes the allocation of approximately 3,900 new homes on strategic sites within Epping Forest district on the edge of Harlow and the remaining number distributed across the district.

Get involved

Epping Forest District Council is urging as many people to get involved as possible in the next stage of the consultation for the draft Local Plan.

Councillor John Philip commented: ”This will be your Local Plan and the consultation is our opportunity as a community to ensure development in Epping Forest district takes place how and where we want it to.”

Find out more

You can find out more information at the consultation events across the district and by visiting the website www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/planningourfuture before providing your feedback. The council can only accept feedback on the draft Local Plan until 12 December 2016.”

Compass Club make proud finalists

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Epping Forest District Council primary school project, The Compass Club, were proud finalists at the recent NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group run ‘Best of West Awards 2016’ in the Best Team/Project category.

Best of west awards 2016

Chief Officer at NHS West Essex CCG, Deborah Fielding said: “The Best of Awards celebrates the exceptional work being done in west Essex to keep people well. The finalists for these awards come from all sectors of the community, demonstrating the commitment and enthusiasm local people have to deliver the best health and care services.”

Confidence boost

The Compass Club is a 10 week project uses a mixture of theory and physical activity to boost confidence, social skills and behaviour management for children in Years 3 & 4 with Special Educational Needs.

Compass club in 12 schools across the district

The project is now in its second year and has worked with 148 children in 12 Primary Schools across the district. The project is currently free for schools and is funded by Local Delivery Group.

Extremely proud

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: ”We are extremely proud to have been nominated for this award and to make the finals is excellent recognition for the programme and the hard work the team put in to delivering it.”

She continued: ”The Compass Club is a great way for many of the children and their families to find out more about the work our Inclusion Project does outside of school, opening up many opportunities for learning and development.”

Find out more

For schools or families who want to find out more about the councils disability provision or the Compass Club please contact Olivia Worsfold on oworsfold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or 01992 564 220

Follow ‘Epping Forest Disability Forum’ on Facebook

Join Active Epping Forest

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Residents are being invited to join Active Epping Forest on 19 October 2016 to help shape the future of the districts sports and leisure facilities.

Former British 100m record holder, Commonwealth gold medal winner and Olympian Montell Douglas will be there for you meet.

Active Epping Forest

Active Epping Forest aims to be a group that represents local people, meeting to discuss the development of local sport, physical activity and leisure provision in the district.

The Active Epping Forests group’s main aims will be to help make ideas a reality by:

  • Delivering new projects locally
  • Applying for funding
  • Deciding how funding will be spent

Get involved

  • 19th October 2016
  • 6.30pm
  • Loughton Cricket Club, High Road, The Uplands, Loughton IG10 1NQ

The launch event will be a chance for people to sign up and have their say on the work the group should be doing.

The event will also be an opportunity for people to enquire about sports and leisure in the district, and what’s currently available.

Be inspired by an Olympian

Leisure and Community services portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: ‘Active Epping Forests is a great opportunity for people to get involved in their community and have their say about leisure and sports in their area.

Montel Douglas is proof of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication, and we hope she will inspire residents to have their say on leisure in the district.’

More information

For more information please contact:

  • Fabrizio Ferrari 01992 564567
  • James Warwick 01992 564530

Nominations open for Young Sports Award

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Nominate a young person for the Epping Forest Young Sports Award. The award recognises our district’s young athletes and aims to help them develop further in their chosen sports.

Epping Forest Sports Awards poster

Do you know a young person in the district who is dedicated to a sport and deserves a helping hand to further their achievements? Why not nominate them.

To be eligible for the award your nominee must:

  • Be aged 13-25 on or before the closing date for applications 30 November 16
  • Competing at county, regional or national level in a nationally governed sport
  • Live in the Epping Forest District
  • If at College or University, return ‘home’ to Epping Forest District during the holidays

Helping push through

Last year’s winner Naomi Harryman used her bursary to help pay for specialist coaching in her discipline, the Heptathlon, and physiotherapy, to help her overcome injuries.

The coaching and extra support has allowed her to train regularly, despite injuries preventing her from competing.

Naomi’s mother said: ”The award has definitely helped Naomi this year. It has inspired her to keep pushing through!”

Great opportunity

Leisure and Community services portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: ”The Epping Forest Sports Awards are a great opportunity for young athletes to further themselves in their chosen discipline.”

She continued: ”Awards can range from between £100 to £1000, which can help young people pay for any costs associated with their sporting activity. So if you know anyone that could benefit, make sure to nominate them.”

Make a nomination

Applications close Wednesday 30 November 2016. Your nominee must be able to attend the Civic Awards reception on Friday 17 March 2017.

If you would like more information please contact;

Fabrizio Ferrari

We will listen and there will be changes

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Councillors had their first chance to debate future development policy following the publication of the draft Local Plan at Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 6 October.

EFDC Local Plan logos

Cabinet supported recommendations asking Full Council on 18 October to endorse the plan for public consultation.

Councillor John Philip, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning assured fellow councillors that the document before them was for full consultation. The Council would listen and he was sure that there would be changes. However, to be persuasive, Councillor Philip said that arguments for change to the Plan had to be backed up with clear evidence. For example, evidence could include information about issues such as;

  • Flooding
  • Access arrangements
  • Contamination
  • Utilities
  • Other infrastructure
  • Availability of the site

The Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Chris Whitbread thanked Councillor Philip, his predecessor Councillor Richard Bassett and council staff for all the hard work that had gone into the draft.

Subject to the approval of Full Council, public consultation on the draft Local Plan will take place between 31 October and 12 December.

Planning our future

To view all the latest Local Plan information go to the consultation website

Get involved

Join in the conversation

Super Summer

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The summer holidays saw a fun packed schedule, with activities taking place all over the District.

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Dancing round the district

Children learnt a whole range of dances in the ‘Dance like a Dinosaur’ workshop at North Weald Village Hall, Tuesday 26 July. Based on Jane Clarke and Lee Wildish’s book Dance Together Dinosaurs participants were getting ready for a competition and tried their claws at the tango, ballet, breaking dancing, disco and samba.

They made some fang-tastic dinosaur masks and performed a small routine for parents.

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Kids were moving and grooving at Budworth Hall, Ongar in our ‘Street Dance Crash Course’ led by Hip Hop Pop dancer Jenny Bater.

Street dance crash course

Dancers learnt hip hop moves like Bartman, Smurf, Tip Tap Toe and the Melbourne Shuffle as well as break dancing moves W Drop, Thread and Rolling Tread, which all tied up in a great routine performed to family and friends.

A packed workshop of 30 children worked very hard at our new musical theatre workshop; ‘Musical in a Day’ to learn and perform three songs, from Tim Minchin’s hit West End musical Matilda based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, as well as the accompanying choreography and two scenes.

Teddy Bear Tales

Theydon Bois Village Hall was filled to the brim with bears on Wednesday 28 July as Freehand Theatre performed their latest show, Frogs, Snails and Teddy Bear Tales.

Bear was having terrible sleeping with all the excitement of his birthday the next day.  The audience brought along their teddy bears to enjoy the show too and were wowed by a season changing washing line and a monster picnic basket.

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Audience members said: ‘Beautiful production. Wonderful story and the children were mesmerised’

‘Most enjoyable and enchanting’

‘A Lovely sweet show with excellent use of laundry’

More bears came to visit the district at Loughton Library on Thursday 4 August for Booster Cushion Theatre’s wacky production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears Plus.

All told through a giant book and physical humour, the show was a hit with all ages.

Audience members said: ‘Great fun.  My 3 year old giggled through it all as did my 7 year old and me!’

‘Really wonderful show, very funny and kids were really entertained.’

‘Very funny and entertaining for all ages, thoroughly enjoyed it.’

Getting creative

Over the holidays children got to channel their inner artists, in new workshop for 2016 ‘discover your Inner Artist’.

Taking inspiration from the collection at Epping Forest District Museum, children learnt about;

  • Artist William Morris
  • Create classic ancient Chinese willow patterns
  • Design and create their own short stories,
  • Design fabric using silk

The ‘How to Draw’ workshop was taken to the next level with ‘How to Draw More’, which explored the world of drawing a bit further by drawing in different ways using: tiny pencils, pencils on the end of long sticks, with their shut and in the hand they don’t normally draw with.

The children got to study Henry Moore’s drawing of a sheep and experiment with different techniques and used tips and tricks they learnt from the ‘How to Draw’ as well as discovering new ones.

‘How to Paint’ returned this year, with watercolour and acrylic, which explored different effects of watercolour and texture of acrylic paint.

At ‘Be an Animator’ children spent the day making their own clay models and stories to turn into a short animated film.

There was a wide range of characters and stories including; snakes fighting amongst the leaves, a multi-coloured giraffe crossing a river and water squirting elephant.  All the short films are currently being edited into one and will be available to view in a few weeks.

In ‘Be a Textile Artist’ at the newly refurbished Epping Forest District Museum, children got to experiment with printing on to fabric, applique and designing their own patterns taking inspiration from the museum’s collections.

Families had great fun at the drop-in sessions, held at the both Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum, experimenting with clay, printing and model making.  Over 200 people attended the Family Fun Day held at both museums and enjoyed puppet shows and willow weaving, African drumming and mask making.

Travel with the museum passport

The Passport Project returned this summer encouraging families to visit new museums, to take part in activities and get their passports stamped. This year even more museums from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex were involved in the project.

Get involved

Keep up to date with cultural events in the district by following

Be the first to know about Epping Forest District Museum talks, exhibition and events.

Always keep up to date with what’s on through the Epping Forest District Council website

Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year award

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The search is now on for the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year 2017.

Now is your chance to help recognise young people’s exceptional contributions to the Epping Forest district and nominate them for the Young Citizen of the Year award.

Young Citizen of the Year 2017 poster

The award is presented annually to a young person who has shown outstanding courage, been of service to their community or shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in a particular field or towards achieving a goal.

The winner will be invited to attend our civic awards ceremony on 17 March 2017 to receive a certificate of achievement and award of £300.

Our community is full of incredible young people

Molly Gayler from Davenant Foundation School won the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year 2016 for her wonderful work supporting children with disabilities and her passion for sport. Molly referenced the American athlete Gail Devers who once said that ‘every accomplishment starts with the decision to try’.

Molly said: “If my form tutor had not made the decision to ‘Try’ with me, then I would not have been given the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful and humbling experience.”

“Our community is full of incredible young people who deserve to be recognised. Please nominate them for the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year award and open doors for a young person who really deserves it.”

Nominations

Do you know a young person who lives in the district aged between 11 and 18 and deserve to be recognized?

Nominate them for the Young Citizen of the Year – applications close on Friday 25 November 2016.

More information

Contact Louis Walton, Youth Engagement Assistant

 

 

Have your say on Ongar’s trees and green spaces

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Residents are being invited to take part in a public meeting to discuss the trees and green infrastructure in Ongar.

Views over Epping

Meeting

  • Trees and Green Infrastructure – Community Consultation Meeting
  • Monday 10 October 2016 at 7pm
  • Ongar Town Council, Banson, Bansons Way, Chipping Ongar, CM5 9AS

Have your say

The purpose of the meeting is to understand how trees, open spaces, gardens and the urban open areas affect the setting and community in

  • Ongar
  • High Ongar
  • Moreton
  • Bobbingworth
  • Lavers

The outcome of the meeting will feed into action plans which will aims to make a difference locally, so we need you to tell us what’s important to you.

The intention is to improve the quality and experience of green areas and trees in the district. Your views are critical to how we shape the document and, more importantly, make a difference to the community by working together.

More info

Light refreshments will be available. If you wish to attend, please confirm by emailing

Repair your electricals at the restart party

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Do you have any small broken electricals around your home? Wish you could fix them? Come along to our restart party.

Restart party - Dont despair just repair

Don’t despair, just repair

The Restart party is a free community event where:

  • You can learn how to fix your electrical items with free one to one workshops with local volunteers and enthusiasts
  • Learn how to fix problems and better care for your electrical items
  • Obtain more information on how to recycle unrepairable electronics

Love your small electronics, give them a new lease of life.

Join the party

  • Saturday 15 October
  • 11:00 to 14:00
  • Waltham Abbey library
  • 37 Sun Street, EN9 1EL

More information

For more information visit:

Mammal morning at Roding Valley

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Join Epping Forest Countrycare for a close encounter with some of the mammals found in Roding Valley on Saturday 8 October 7:30am – 9:30am at the Grange Farm Centre, followed by toasted teacakes for breakfast!

Poster

  • When: Saturday 8 October 2016

  • Time: 7:30am – 9:30am

  • Where: The Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP

  • Cost: £6

  • Call 01992 564224 to book your space