One Business Briefing – brimming with news for local businesses

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The January 2013 edition of ‘One Business Briefing’ is now available.

In this edition Reed in Partnership gives local businesses advice on how they can use Government funding to get staff job relevant qualifications at no cost to the employer or employee. It also introduces MP Eleanor Laing’s new Business Forum, reports on current tourism development work, including a key event on 31 January 2013 to develop tourism within the area and much more.

Read the January 2013 edition – One Business Briefing

Produced by Epping Forest District Council, One Epping Forest and local partners the briefing provides information for businesses and those looking to start up in business in the Epping Forest district. The briefing is designed to report on business funding opportunities / access to finance, business support, workshops / events for business, town centre news and other local economic development initiatives.

If you would like to receive future editions of ‘One Business Briefing’ by email please email economicdevelopment@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Treasure finds go on display at Epping Forest District Museum

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Tudor period silver gilt Crucifix

Every year new finds of historic artefacts from around the Epping Forest District are found and reported under the Portable Antiquities scheme which gives the museum the opportunity to acquire them for our collections. Many of these finds are donated by the finders and a number are purchased, often with the support of funding from organisations such as The Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, The Headly Trust and The Art Fund.

A selection of the more recent items acquired for the Museum are now on display. These include:

  • A Tudor period silver gilt crucifix which once decorated a larger object, possibly a casket or a portable shrine. Found at North Weald.
  • A selection of items from two bronze-workers hoards, dating to 1500- 600 BC. A number of these hoards of broken ancient tools which were collected for recycling by ancient metalworkers have recently come to light. The items on show include fragments of axe, sword blade and spear head. These all come from hoards found in the Lavers area.
  • Also from the Lavers is a Halfpenny of Richard II (1377 – 1399) – This was made as a silver coin but has been given a coating of gold by someone.  This was either to pretend it was a gold coin or possibly to be used as a piece of jewellery.
    A Halfpenny of Richard II (1377 – 1399)

These and other new acquisitions are on display in the Museum’s archaeology gallery where visitors can also see a range of other historic treasures belonging to the museum including an Iron Age blacksmith’s hoard from Waltham Abbey, finds from Roman Chigwell (Little London) as well as the fabulous medieval Waltham Abbey Bible and the stunning Tudor panelled room with its links to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

Entry to the museum is free.

The current temporary exhibition “Reflections of the Past: Ray Sears’ Historic Photographs of Waltham Abbey” is on show until the 26th January 2013.

For opening hours and details of our Christmas closure dates please visit the Museum website on www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Fragment of an ancient tool

Notes for editors

 For further information contact Tony O’Connor, Epping Forest District Museum Officer at aoconnor@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Comment on potential changes to planning permission for extensions

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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued a consultation document for 6 weeks seeking comments on possible temporary changes to permitted development rights on extensions.

Among its proposed course of action is to allow homeowners and businesses to make larger extensions to their homes and business premises without needing to submit a planning application. For example, this could allow a maximum 8 metre depth for a single storey rear extension to a detached house and 6 metre depth for any other type of house, without needing planning permission. If approved, this would be a temporary measure for 3 years.

You can comment on this consultation direct to the DCLG, which ends on 24 December 2012, on a downloadable response form by following the link below. This form also includes details of the proposals.

Comment on the DCLG consultation document

New planning application fees

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As from 22 November 2012, there will be a new level of planning application fees, which  will increase by 15 percent above the current level.  This is the first national increase since 2008 and therefore any planning applications received from this date will require the new fee. 

 Please follow this link to view the new charges

 

Business Briefing hot off the press and brimming with news for local businesses

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The October 2012 edition of ‘one business briefing’ is available. Produced by EFDC, One Epping Forest and local partners the briefing provides information for businesses and those looking to start up in business in the Epping Forest District.  The briefing  is designed to report on  business funding opportunities/access to finance, business support, workshops/events for business and local economic development initiatives.

The October edition highlights a new training grant available from Essex County Council which is available to businesses but those eligible must be quick as the grant is only available from now until March 2013. The briefing also highlights specific support available to manufacturing and construction businesses in the Epping Forest district.  If you are looking to set-up in business the briefing directs individuals to support being offered by HMRC, including its free and informal workshop sessions held in Epping.

Read the October 2012 edition – One Business Briefing

If you would like to receive future editions of ‘one business briefing’ directly to your email inbox please email vwillis@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Council thanks community for choices

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We wish to thank all of the 5,255 residents and businesses who presented their views on future housing and development before the close of the Community Choices consultation on Monday 15 October.

Since the start of the consultation on 30 July, councillors and staff have been talking, and listening to the views of, residents and businesses across the district. Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor Richard Bassett concluded his part of the marathon consultation during the last week with public local council meetings in Sheering and Nazeing.

Planning our future - local planCouncillor Bassett said: “I would like to thank everyone who has taken a constructive part in the process. The more information we can gather from local people, the stronger the Local Plan will be and the better able we will be as a community to protect our district from inappropriate development. It’s a long process and there will be several more rounds of consultation before the final Plan can come into force.”

Over the course of the past 11 weeks, the Council has been doing everything in its power to engage with residents and businesses.

Councillor Bassett said: “We are pleased to report that more than three thousand people replied to the consultation. We are now starting to work through those submissions. They have been received in a variety of ways including an online questionnaire, email, exhibitions, petitions and public meetings.”

During the next phase, the Council staff will collate and sift through all the evidence working with District Councillors to produce a first draft of the Local Plan called ‘Preferred Options’. This will contain proposals for policies to meet future population, housing and development growth and it will again go out to public consultation. Many people chose to use handwritten paper forms to make their submissions. Extra time will be factored in for inputting these alongside the online submissions made via the website.

Councillor Bassett said: “This is the next part of the long process to create a formally accepted Local Plan for the District. The final version of the Local Plan has to be approved by the planning inspectorate and it is important that the widest ranges of options are considered during the total process. This ‘Issues and Options’ part of the consultation has gathered evidence that will help us reject unsuitable sites and concentrate on appropriate development opportunities.”

It will take the council many weeks to work through all the evidence submitted during Community Choices but several key themes are already clear.

Councillor Bassett said: “Very few people support the idea of development in the Green Belt. Councillors share that view but recognise that our children will need somewhere to live. We must accept that a small proportion of the Green Belt will be required to provide enough land for the population growth forecasts over the next twenty years.”

He continued: “Most people would prefer to see any new development take place on previously developed or derelict Brownfield sites. The council has worked hard to try to identify such Brownfield opportunities through the ‘Call for Sites’ exercise. However we may not have been able to identify enough of this type of land and we are appealing to anyone who thinks they may know of any Brownfield site, not included in Community Choices, to let the council know.”

Councillor Bassett concluded: “Everyone wants to protect the environment and special character of the district which makes it such a popular area in which to live. Councillors feel strongly that the district needs to be protected as much as possible. Without a Local Plan, developers would only have to satisfy the general guidance contained in the National Planning Policy Framework, which comes into effect in April 2013 and this may not pay regard to local concerns.”

For more information go to Planning our Future or email ldfconsult@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or call 01992 564517.

Proposed changes to the need for planning permission for home extensions

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The Government announced its intention to allow larger extensions to be built to houses than presently permitted on Thursday 6 September 2012. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government advised that local authorities will be consulted on the proposed changes – but to date the extent of the changes, or the date of their implementation, are not known.

Guidance relating to works which may presently be undertaken without the need to seek express planning permission from the Council can be obtained from the council’s website – view the planning permission guidance notes.

Epping Forest District Council can also determine whether or not planning permission is required for an extension to a dwelling following the submission of an application for a ‘Certificate of Lawful Development’ (the relevant application form can be downloaded here).

For enquiries relating to whether or not planning permission is required, please contact the Duty Planner between the hours of 10.30 am and 1 pm by telephoning 01992 564477, or by sending an email to contactdc@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Victorian novelist’s work celebrated in exhibition at Lowewood Museum

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Join us at Lowewood Museum on Saturday 8 September 2012 from 11am – 3pm, to celebrate the launch of the Anthony Trollope collection, on loan to the museum from the Trollope Society.

Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful English novelists of the Victorian era. As well as a writer, Trollope was a Surveyor to the Eastern District for the Post Office, a role by which he is famous for introducing the pillar box to Britain.

Waltham House, the home of Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist

In 1859, Trollope moved to Waltham House in Waltham Cross, and during the 12 years he spent there, he was at the height of his writing career writing many of his best loved works including The Last Chronicle of Barset.

Celebrating the life and work of this beloved novelist, the day will include:

11.15am: Official launch of the collection by The Mayor of Broxbourne, Cllr Eddy Rowland and Michael G Williamson JP DL Chairman: The Trollope Society

11.30 – 11.40am: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

12 noon – 3pm: Family Fun! Join us for a Post Box Craft session that will be fun for all the family

12.30 – 12.40pm: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

3pm: Event End

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Free Admission

For more information contact us at

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BH

Tel: 01992 445596

E-mail: museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk

Web: www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum

Invitation to the Anthony Trollope exhibition at Lowewood Museum

 

 

Help wanted to plant disease resistant elm tree

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Published on 9 January 2012

We are looking for volunteers to join us in planting a 10ft disease resistant elm tree at the newly opened Bobbingworth Nature Reserve in Moreton.

 The Countrycare Team from Epping Forest District Council with members of the volunteer group will be planting the elm tree on the viewing point at the nature reserve on Tuesday 24 January 2012. They will also be making compost bins and cutting and raking in between some of the trees.

If you wish to join them please call 01992 788203 for details and to book a place. Meeting at 10am at the car park on Moreton Bridge Road, you will need to bring sturdy shoes and a packed lunch. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

Volunteering with us is a great way to learn more about trees. You will get practical hands on experience and improve your health and wellbeing as well as meeting new people and having fun!

Bobbingworth nature reserve officially opened

Planning Reception Hours Changing

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From 1 May 2011 Epping Forest District Council’s Planning and Economic Development reception will be changing its hours. The new hours will be 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Services that may be affected include:

  • Planning and Building Control
  • Licensing (including Taxi Licences)
  • Environment and Street Scene
  • Land Charges

Contact via telephone on 01992 564000 between 9am and 5pm and 24 hour access for Planning and Building Control Information via this website will remain unchanged.