Decisions from Plans West 16 August 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting on Wednesday 17 August 2017.

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Decisions

  1. EPF/1129/17 – 25 Shooters Drive, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2QA
    Permission granted
  2. EPF/1322/17 – Redwood, Epping Road, Epping Upland, Essex, CM16 6PU
    Permission granted
  3. EPF/1418/17 – Cressage – now known as Lady Oak House, Low Hill Road, Roydon, Essex, CM19 5JN
    Permission granted
  4. EPF/1436/17 – The Estate Office, Hayleys Manor, Upland Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 6PQ
    Permission granted

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Spring edition business newsletter

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The Spring edition 2017 of the One Business Briefing is now available to download.

One Business Briefing

Download the Spring edition (pdf 5.92MB)

Included in this edition;

  • Proof that Epping Forest is a great place to start a business

  • Celebrate the Investors in Young People Awards

  • Find out how your business could reduce energy consumption & save money

  • Best growth Hub launches workshop

  • Next phase for ‘Visit Epping Forest’ website

  • Launch of Young Traders Initiative

  • Get the latest learning resource tips

Interesting and helpful articles

Councillor Anne Grigg, Economic Development Portfolio Holder said: “The Spring edition of the One Business Briefing is another issue packed with interesting and helpful articles. It’s wonderful to start with two success stories. Firstly, it is great to see the entrepreneurial nature of Epping Forest district recognised in official statistics that reflect the area’s appeal to start-up businesses. Secondly, the annual recognition of young workforce talent and the organisations that support them is particularly encouraging and something to be applauded.”

Funding and support

She continued: ” You will also find details of a variety of funding and support programmes, each with their own particular focus, that are available to businesses. There are also details of initiatives such as the new tourism website, the ongoing delivery of ultrafast rural broadband and a new young traders market project that will bring new opportunities for the local economy.”

Cabinet 9 March 2017

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The Local Plan, better use of council assets, housing for homeless people, pay and display car parks and the investment of additional fees in the planning service dominated debate at Cabinet on 9 March.

Draft Local Plan consultation

Preliminary findings from the draft Local Plan consultation were presented by Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor John Philip to the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 9 March.

Councillor Philip outlined some clear themes coming through for more work on infrastructure and employment sites including the wider area of East Herts and Harlow. New potential sites and changes to previously identified sites are also being reviewed and will be fed into the revisions of the draft plan. A new transport assessment is also being done in conjunction with Essex County Council.

Councillor Philip emphasised that publication of the next draft depended on full analysis and assessment of the additional work programmed in over the next year or so. Councillors noted the initial findings of the consultation, agreed progression of the Local Plan to the next stage and approved the publication of the Council’s updated Local Development Scheme online.

Better use of council buildings

The interests of residents and customers must remain at the heart of council services. Council Leader Chris Whitbread received Cabinet support for proposals to reduce the need for office space at the Civic Offices in Epping.

Reports show flexible working by staff including home and remote working, and use of other council buildings could allow the Council to move out of the older part of the Civic Offices known as the Conder Building. Councillor Whitbread described the proposals as part of the wider transformation programme to improve services.

Pay and Display set to save £58,000

Final preparations have been agreed for the transfer of the council’s off-street parking management from the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) to NSL.

Portfolio Holder Gary Waller reminded fellow councillors of the improvements the change of contract will bring to residents and the Council. The Council will save £58,600 under the new arrangements even though Councillor Waller said that NSL did not submit the cheapest bid. They did submit the best quality bid. Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) rates remain the same.

Housing for Homeless People

Housing Portfolio Holder Councillor Syd Stavrou received approval to progress plans for a small pilot scheme of three ‘Pods’ to accommodate people at Norway House in North Weald. The pods containing individual living accommodation and shared kitchens are manufactured by a North Weald based company. Subject to planning approval, the Council plans to help homeless people who would otherwise find themselves in Bed and Breakfast.

Increased planning application fees

Cabinet accepted an offer by the Department of Communities and Local Government to increase planning fees. Governance Portfolio Holder Richard Bassett confirmed that any extra income would be reinvested in planning services.

Christmas contact information

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We are closed from 5pm on 23 December 2016 until 9am on 3 January 2017. There are still ways you can get in touch with us when you need to over the Christmas holiday period.

Christmas message from Chairman Jeane Lea

Report it

Report it online (non-emergency) – report missed bin, noise, flytipping, fraud, abandoned vehicle, etc.

Report by email (non-emergency) – emails sent here will not be looked at until 3 January 2017.

Phone (emergency) 01992 564000

Housing repairs (emergency) 01992 564199

Social media

We monitor our main Twitter and Facebook accounts every day.

Pay it

Pay online 24/7 – pay Council Tax, rent, business rates, leasehold charges, etc.

Pay by phone 24/7 01992 564600

Our Debden cash office & Epping kiosk will close at 4:30pm on 23 December 2016 and reopen 9am on 3 January 2017.

Our Waltham Abbey library kiosk is subject to Waltham Abbey library opening hours.

Waste and recycling

Christmas 2016 revised collection dates

  • Collection date Tuesday 27 December 2016 revised to Wednesday 28 December 2016
  • Collection date Wednesday 28 December 2016 revised to Thursday 29 December 2016
  • Collection date Thursday 29 December 2016 revised to Friday 30 December 2016
  • Collection date Friday 30 December 2016 revised to Saturday 31 December 2016

Recycling real Christmas trees

Leave your real Christmas trees with your food and garden waste in January 2017. Remove the pot, all decorations and if over 6ft, cut in half to ensure safe collection.

Special collections

Our special collections service closes at 5pm on 23 December 2016 and resume at 9am on 3 January 2017.

Lost or found dogs

Call 07815 512833 weekdays from 7am to 9pm, weekends and bank holidays from 10am to 7pm.

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 22 December 2016 and reopens 10am on 3 January 2017.

Housing benefit payments revised dates

  • Payments due 26 December 2016 will be now be available in bank accounts around 23 December 2016
  • Payments due 02 January 2017 will now be available in bank accounts around 29 December 2016

Normal payment cycle will resume from 9 January 2017.

 

12 December deadline for Local Plan

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You have only a few days left to get your draft Local Plan comments back to us. The 6-week consultation deadline ends at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2016.

Next stop for the Epping Forest1

It’s great to see so many people engaged in the process 

Planning portfolio holder Councillor John Philip has been delighted with the response. He said: “We already have over a thousand replies and more come in each day. Most people are responding online via the website. We have also received many replies by email but no one is excluded.”

“We are receiving paper questionnaires and letters through the post. People are responding individually and as part of groups. Our local town and parish councils have also played a big role in getting people involved as well as submitting their own replies.”

“I would like to thank everyone who has taken time and trouble to respond. It is great to see so many people engaged in the process.”

Online has proved most popular

As of 9am on Monday 5 December 2016 we had received 999 replies

  • 601 online website replies (60%)
  • 261 emails (26%)
  • 41 paper questionnaires (4%)
  • 96 letters (10%)

More replies have been received hourly as people make sure their views are taken into account before the deadline.

The online option at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/planningourfuture has proved most popular but people can also send their replies

Help us produce the best Local Plan we can

Councillor Philip added: “This is a genuine consultation. I really want to hear your views. I can’t promise I can give everyone exactly what they want but your information can change the Plan.”

“Give me good sound planning reasons why you like or dislike things in the Plan. With your help, we will have the evidence we need to defend the Plan when it is submitted for examination by a government-appointed inspector next year.”

“Please don’t miss out. Send you comments by 12 December and help us produce the best Local Plan we can.”

 

Cabinet 1 December 2016

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The draft Local Plan, changes to the district’s off-street parking and the Council Tax Support Scheme were all subjects for discussion at Cabinet on 1 December 2016.

Changes to draft Local Plan will be public

Responding to a public question at Cabinet on 1 December, Planning Portfolio Holder John Philip gave assurances that all changes to the draft Local Plan would be made public. Councillor Philips said that the council had factored in comments from previous consultation as well as new evidence in formulating the draft Local Plan. He expected further changes to the draft Plan following analysis of the latest consultation. Separately Councillor Philip provided a financial update on the production of the Local Plan.

Partnership savings

Governance Portfolio Holder Councillor Richard Bassett received Cabinet approval to extend the shared Internal Audit arrangements between Epping Forest District Council, Harlow and Broxbourne. Thanks to the partnership, savings of more than £58,000 a year for 2016/17 and 2017/18 have been achieved.

Amendments to Council Tax Support Scheme

Review and amendment to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme and capital budget were presented by Finance Portfolio Holder Councillor Gagan Mohindra. Major capital projects within the £124 million budget include Loughton Shopping Park, St John’s Road and improvements to council housing and new-build housing projects. Many of the Council’s capital projects are aimed towards long term revenue generation, helping Epping Forest District Council become financially self-supporting.

Councillor Mohindra also assured Cabinet colleagues of his determination to achieve value for money with a £100,000 fund to support joint working with other organisations.

Update on Biffa collection costs

Councillor Gary Waller presented a report on domestic waste collection and recycling on behalf of Environment Portfolio Holder Will Breare-Hall. Collection costs have gone up since the introduction of the new Biffa contract. Provision of more recycling sacks combined with cross-contamination reducing income and additional collections due to the building of new houses has led to an increase of £343,000 in the contract.

Changes to off-street parking ahead

“Car parks are essential to our town centres” said Council Leader Chris Whitbread as he welcomed changes to off-street Pay and Display parking. Councillor Waller reported a saving of £58,600 a year from 2017/18 after moving off-street Pay and Display parking enforcement, cash collection and machine maintenance from the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) to NSL Ltd.

Later on the agenda, Councillor Waller received Cabinet approval to manage Waltham Abbey car parks owned by the Lee Valley Regional Park. He also received approval to demolish and replace garages in Vere Road with 20 new parking spaces. A further 11 spaces are to be created behind shops 49 and 41 in The Broadway.

Planning wait times improved

Residents can expect to see planning decision times improved by up to five days. Councillor Richard Bassett secured Cabinet approval for a new officer and further computerisation to speed up the planning application and validation process.

Town and Village Centres Fund

The Town and Village Centres Opportunities Fund has been renamed the Epping Forest District Economic Opportunities Fund. The rebranding reflects widening the availability criteria beyond town and village centres.

Keep them coming, says planning councillor

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Residents are being encouraged to keep the responses coming in as the Local Plan consultation period reaches the half way stage.

Viewing the document

We have already received more than 450 replies. 3 weeks into the formal 6 week consultation period we had received 238 online replies, 150 emails and 65 paper questionnaires and letters.

Approximately 1,233 people visited the staffed exhibitions held in early November and the special website has been visited 7,634 times, including 3,854 visits since the consultation started on 31 October 2016.

We sent out approximately 500 tweets and posts on social media.

Local Plan website

Exhibition attendance

Approximate attendance figures at the exhibitions.

  • North Weald – 259
  • Loughton – 207
  • Chigwell – 107
  • Chipping Ongar – 258
  • Epping – 277
  • Waltham Abbey – 125

Local stations leafleted

Thousands of leaflets have also been handed to commuters at local London Underground and mainline railway stations.

  • 31 October – Loughton am / Epping pm
  • 1 November – Chigwell am / Buckhurst Hill pm
  • 2 November – Roydon am / Grange Hill pm
  • 3 November – Roding Valley am / Debden pm
  • 4 November – Theydon Bois am
  • 7 November – Sawbridgeworth am
  • 8 November – Waltham Cross am

Delighted with the response

Councillor John Philip, Cabinet portfolio holder responsible for the Local Plan is delighted with the response so far. He said: “I want to say thank you to everyone who is engaging with us. The draft Local Plan is a big and complicated document. We have tried to break it down into manageable bite-size chunks but getting into the detail still takes a lot of time and effort.”

“People have busy lives but there is still plenty of time. We don’t expect most people to respond until the last week or 2 of the consultation so having 450 already is fantastic.”

Pleased with the number of online responses

Councillor Philip is also pleased with the number of online responses. He said: “Last time we tried to do this we only got a handful of online responses. It took months and months wading through the tonnes of paper replies, analysing and summarising the responses manually. This time, the online responses are much more efficient. The analysis will be so much quicker and cost-effective.”

In addition to the formal consultation events and materials organised by the Council, a number of community meetings have been organised by local residents. Councillor Philip and Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council have been among those attending events, listening first hand to local people.

It’s good to talk

Councillor Philip added: “I would like to thank everyone for getting involved. This really is one of those times when it is good to talk. I know the draft Local Plan is a very sensitive document. We all have concerns and we all want to get it right.”

“I appreciate how almost everyone I have met has been so constructive. We said from the start that we are listening. The draft Local Plan is not set in stone. This is everyone’s best chance to make it the Plan we all want.”

“Tell me what you like and what you don’t like. Most importantly, back up your views with good solid reasons. The website is the most simple and convenient way to respond but if you don’t like the online option, paper questionnaires are available.”

We need more homes

Councillor Philip concluded: “Almost everyone agrees we need more homes for the future. We also need places to work and all kinds of infrastructure. The Local Plan will be a shield against inappropriate development. It will help us protect all the things we love most about our district while also giving us the policies we need for sensible and measured development for years to come.”

All replies must reach the Council by the deadline of 5pm on Monday 12 December 2016.

Static exhibitions

There are 13 Local Plan static exhibitions in the district.

  1. Buckhurst Hill Library, 165 Queens Rd, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5AZ
  2. Bumbles Green Leisure Centre, Bumbles Green, Nazeing EN9 2SF
  3. Chigwell Library, Hainault Rd, Chigwell, IG7 6QX
  4. Epping Civic Offices, High Street, Epping CM16 4BZ
  5. Epping Library, St John’s Rd, Epping CM16 5DN
  6. Harlow Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow CM18 7BL
  7. Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton IG10 1HD
  8. North Weald Library, 138 High Road, North Weald CM16 6BZ
  9. Ongar Library, The Pleasance, High Street, Chipping Ongar CM5 9AB
  10. Roydon Village Hall, Harlow Rd, Roydon CM19 5HH
  11. Sheering Village Hall, The Street, Sheering CM22 7LX
  12. Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois CM16 7ER
  13. Waltham Abbey Library, 37 Sun St, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

 

#OurDay the people behind your local services

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Tuesday 15 November 2016 is #OurDay. #OurDay is a yearly tweetathon for local government to show what it does in a typical day.

Here are just a few of the people behind your valued Epping Forest District Council services.

Karen & her lifewalkers set off from Clayton Hill on a mild autumn morning

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Local Plan myth busting

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Don’t be misled – check all the draft Local Plan facts for yourself on the official Local Plan website” says Councillor John Philip after hearing reports that Epping Forest District Council wants to build all over the Green Belt.

North Weald Local Plan exhibition

Worried by false claims

Councillor John Philip, Cabinet Portfolio Holder responsible for Planning was shocked to find some residents are being unnecessarily worried by false claims about the draft Local Plan.

He continued: “The draft Local Plan is a complex and detailed document. It identifies potential areas for development. Nowhere does it say we are building all over the Green Belt or taking away all our open spaces. Anyone suggesting we are must have fundamentally misunderstood the Plan.”

Residents can find the answers to many questions on the FAQ section of the website. Council staff have been meeting residents to talk about the draft Local Plan at a series of public exhibitions around the district.

Misconceptions

Among the misconceptions some residents have are

  • New council housing

Epping Forest District Council plans to build all the new housing itself –  not true.

Epping Forest District Council is the Planning Authority. It does have a modest council house building programme but the vast majority of new homes will be built by private developers. The Local Plan would help the Council encourage private developers to submit planning applications for the most suitable locations.

  • Build tower blocks

Epping Forest District Council wants to build tower blocks – not true.

It is true that higher density developments take less land to build upon and a balance needs to be struck between how much land is used and the amount of new homes built on it but tower blocks are not on the table.

  • Car parks

Epping Forest District Council wants to take away car parks – not true.

The draft Local Plan identifies local car parks as potential areas for development. Car parks outside the district have managed to make use of the land for new homes while keeping all the car parking spaces.

The Council has confirmed no parking spaces would be lost if car parks were developed for housing with other types of parking such as multi-storey or under-croft.

  • Infrastructure

There is no plan for infrastructure – not true.

Chapter six of the draft Local Plan is devoted to infrastructure and there is a Draft Infrastructure Plan which identifies where there is a need for provision to be made.

Further work on detailed proposals to make this provision will be undertaken between now and the next stage of plan making which is the publication of the Pre-submission Plan next year. This is the normal process for developing infrastructure plans.

  • Green Belt and open spaces

Epping Forest District Council wants to do away with the Green Belt and open spaces – not true.

The Draft Local Plan seeks to identify potential sites for meeting the District’s identified housing need of 11,400 homes over the Plan period. Wherever possible, the Council has sought to propose allocations within existing settlements and to make best use of Brown Field (previously developed) land.

Unfortunately, there is not enough such land available within the district and the council has therefore identified some managed open space and Green Belt land.

But the Local Plan is still a draft. The consultation is an opportunity for local people to agree or disagree with the proposals and to provide evidence to support their views. The Council will consider all comments made before revising the Plan, publishing it and then submitting it for examination by a Government Inspector.

  • Essex County Council

Essex County Council must approve the Epping Forest District Local Plan – not true.

Essex County Council and many other organisations are consulted on the Draft Local Plan. Approval or rejection of the draft Local Plan is made by central-government appointed planning inspectors following an Examination in Public or EiP.

The inspectors will reject the Plan if they do not think the Council has made provision in the plan to meet the housing and jobs requirements which have been identified in the evidence.

  • Brown Field land

Green Belt agricultural land becomes Brown Field when it is ploughed – not true.

It may look brown but in planning terms it is still part of the Green Belt.

  • Minds made up

You have made up your minds. It won’t change – not true.

A look at the previous Issues and Options consultation shows the council does listen. The new draft Local Plan relies heavily on feedback from such previous studies. The Draft Local Plan is the Council’s best attempt at identifying the preferred sites for growth and draft planning policies based on the evidence it has now.

If the council gets new evidence or information through the consultation, this can be used to update and amend the Plan. Opinions are not enough. We need facts and evidence.

  • Deadline

The deadline for responses is 1 December – not true.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Monday 12 December 2016.

Exhibition photos

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It’s a two-way conversation and we are listening

John Phillip added: “These are just a few of the things we have heard. It is therefore all the more important that people fact check on the official website. This is a real consultation. It’s a two-way conversation and we are listening.”

He concluded: “Some people have told me I’ve already made up my mind and the draft Plan is set in stone. It is not.”

“I know many people hold different and valid points of view. The most important thing is to stick to the facts and make your voice heard. The best way you can do that is online.”

“If online consultation is not for you, you can complete a paper questionnaire for return to Freepost EFDC LOCAL PLAN RESPONSE or you can email LDFconsult@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.”

 

Local Plan consultation opens

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The public consultation for Epping Forest’s draft Local Plan is live.

We will be taking your views on the draft Local Plan from 31 October through to 12 December 2016.

Planning Our Future

The Local Plan will guide the future growth of the Epping Forest district to 2033.

The Planning Our Future website is a one stop shop for you to find all the information about the draft Local Plan and what it means for Epping Forest district, as well as a quick and easy way for you to provide us with your feedback.

I want your views

Councillor John Philip Planning Policy Portfolio Holder said: “The draft Local Plan will be the blueprint for the development and conservation within this area. It will guide the location of new housing, employment and infrastructure all the way up to 2033.”

“I need to hear from you. Public consultation on this draft runs from 31 October through to 12 December. You can find all the information you need online.”

A great place to live

Councillor Philip ended: “Tell me what you think and more importantly tell me why you think it. I need good solid reasons that we can use when we go before the planning inspector for our approval.”

“Epping Forest is a great place to live. With your help we can keep it that way.”

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