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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Decisions from Plans East 9 August 2017

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

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Decisions

  1. EPF/0947/17 – 1-5 Stonards Hill, Epping, Essex, CM16 4QE
    Permission refused
  2. EPF/0567/17 – 9 Orchard Drive, Theydon Bois, Epping, Essex, CM16 7DH
    Permission granted
  3. EPF/1170/17 – 27 Barnfield, Epping, Essex, CM16 6RL
    Permission granted
  4. EPF/1397/17 – Willow House, The Street, Sheering, Essex, CM22 7LR
    Permission refused
  5. EPF/1400/17 – 41 Bowes Drive, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9AX
    Decision deferred
  6. EPF/1414/17 – 7 Harrison Drive, North Weald Bassett, Essex, CM16 6JD
    Decision deferred
  7. EPF/1454/17 – 91 Tower Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 5EW
    Permission granted
  8. EPF/1471/17 – The Retreat, Market Place, Abridge, Essex, RM4 1AU
    Permission granted

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Planning application validation list consultation

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Tell us what you think about our revised planning application local validation list.

We are consulting on revisions to the validation list of local information requirements. This now includes the addition of a guidance note on the submission of viability and financial appraisals for affordable housing.

Planning application local validation list consultation

What is the local validation list?

The local validation list identifies information required to register, assess and validate a planning application. We are asking any person or organization with an interest in or involvement with planning applications submitted to Epping Forest District Council to respond.

The previous validation list was produced in 2015 and we are required to review it every 2 years.

Consultation documents

How to respond

The consultation is open for 6 weeks from 21 April until 30 June 2017 – send us your comments by

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.

 

Changes to pre-application advice fees

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From 1 October 2016 we’re changing our pre-application planning advice charges.

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Pre-application advice fee changes

The householder pre-application advice fee is increasing to £80 (including VAT) and we’re introducing a fee of £120 (including VAT) for listed building pre-application advice.

All highway related pre-application advice must be sought from Essex County Council direct.

Costs recovered directly from applicant

We are making these changes to ensure that pre-application advice costs are recovered directly from the landowner or developer, and not as a general cost to the Council Tax payer.

 

Gunpowder Mills application rejected

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The PGL submitted planning application for a children’s adventure holiday centre at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey was refused at the full meeting of Epping Forest District Council on Monday 6 June 2016.

Royal Gunpowder Mills - Proposed application drawings

Referred to Full Council

The decision followed an earlier meeting of Planning Development Management Committee at which the application was provisionally approved before being referred at the request of councillors to Full Council.

A separate Listed Building planning application for the conversion, alteration and extension of several buildings to provide classroom and guest accommodation was approved.

Important heritage in the district

The Royal Gunpowder Mills is one of the most important sites of special scientific interest and heritage in the district. Gunpowder production is thought to date back to the 16th Century.

The site contains many listed buildings as well as a natural habitat of exceptional quality. The Mills is run by an RGM operating company. The original intention was to open the Royal Gunpowder Mills up to the public with the aid of a trust fund set up by the Ministry of Defence and Lottery funding.

However, in recent years, the site has been unable to meet its running costs without drawing down capital funds, leading to concerns about the long term financial security of the Mills.

PGL application

PGL has a number of children’s adventure holiday centres around the UK. The planning application proposed to convert part of the site for children’s holidays while seeking to conserve other environmental and heritage related parts of the site.

However, after a long and considered debate, councillors felt any benefits of the proposals were outweighed by the demolition of historic buildings, intensive use and harm to the heritage and environmental value of the site.

Proposed application drawings

Moving forward

Setting out their reasons for refusal, councillors said that there was insufficient reason for the demolition of the cordite factory which would severely impact the Conservation Area. They wanted to see more attention given to the visitor centre and objected to the overall increase in the footprint of new buildings proposed for the site.

Councillors recommended that any future application footprint of new build should be substantially reduced, the cordite factory should be retained and that consideration should be given to the operating company.

In the second application, councillors agreed plans for conversion, alteration and extension to a number of listed buildings for guest accommodation and classrooms.

 

Council pioneers drone use

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Stories in both the national and local media published over the last week have reported us buying 2 aerial camera systems also known as drones.

This is true but some of the stories have contained inaccuracies which we would like to put right.

DJI Phantom 3 aerial camera system

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Cabinet agreed purchase

At a meeting of Epping Forest District Councils cabinet on 11 January 2016 it was agreed to purchase 2 drones for £5,000. This includes Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved training for staff. Watch the decision at cabinet.

This money came out of our ‘invest to save scheme’.

The drones purchased are DJI Phantom 3 and will be operated by our GIS team once trained. (GIS = Geographic Information System).

Saving money

We have been buying commercial photographs and videos for site surveys for over 50 years. This has included the hire of drones. Purchasing drones has many benefits that will save the council money and time. These include

  • Real-time surveys for planning purposes saving us having to purchase aerial photography for new planning developments and landscaping enforcement
  • Surveying roofs and guttering on council owned estates saving money and time on scaffolding and surveys
  • Identifying illegal waste transfer sites and previously unidentified unauthorised caravan encampments
  • Find out more on the cabinet report dated 11 January 2016

Generate  income

We are hoping the drones could generate the council income. We will be exploring the opportunities of shared use with other local authorities and public bodies. This will help to ensure we remain a low council tax authority (we have frozen our portion of council tax for the last 6 years).

A valuable tool

We would like to reassure residents that the drones will not be used for snooping on our residents but used as a valuable tool in the fight against environmental and planning abuses. We will not be looking into peoples back gardens.

Innovative use of new technology

This innovative use of new technology helps to save the taxpayer money and helps us to look after the environment in the Epping Forest district, in which we are proud to live, work and enjoy.

 

Cabinet 11 January 2016

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Epping Forest Shopping Park, North Essex Parking Partnership, trainee planning officers and aerial cameras were discussed at Cabinet on Monday 11 January 2016.

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Epping Forest Shopping Park 

A £2 million highway works contract associated with improvements to the junction of Chigwell Lane and Langston Road, Loughton was approved by Cabinet at Epping Forest District Council on Monday 11 January 2016.

Councillors approved the tender of £2,070,029 from Walker Construction (UK) Ltd for road works relating to the development of the Epping Forest Shopping Park, due to open at Easter 2017.

Pay and display car parks

The management of Epping Forest District Council’s off-street Pay and Display car parks came under the spotlight at Cabinet. A report by RTA Associates suggested the council could get better value for money if it withdrew from its current management arrangement with the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP).

Councillors agreed the principle of giving the NEPP 12 months notice during which time councillors will be able to choose between another contractor and in-house operation by council staff. Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller said that further reports would come to Cabinet. Savings could range from £31,000 up to £113,000 depending on detailed evaluation of the alternative options.

Planning

Cabinet approved budget provision of £90,000 over 2 years to cover the legal costs awarded against the council at planning appeals. Councillors also supported funding proposals for 2 new trainee Planning Officers and a trainee Contaminated Land Officer to be paid from planning income received during 2015/2016.

Aerial cameras

2 aerial cameras are to be bought by Epping Forest District Council from its special ‘Invest to Save’ budget. The cameras and associated training will enable the council to carry out its own photographic surveys. Uses as diverse as planning enforcement, housing repairs, and land drainage, surveys are expected to benefit from the equipment costing £3,500 plus £1,500 for training and software expenses.

 

First Steps – Epping Upland Neighbourhood Plan

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Epping Upland Parish Council are inviting comments on their proposal to designate the parish as a Neighbourhood Area.

Epping Upland Parish Council has begun preparation for a Neighbourhood Plan. They have submitted an application for the designation of the parish as a Neighbourhood Area to Epping Forest District Council. The first stage of consultation is to identify the potential plan area. Formal consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself will come later.

Epping Upland

Proposing a Neighbourhood Plan

Any Parish or Town Council can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.  The Plans give communities an opportunity to shape the way in which their local area develops over the coming years. Neighbourhood Plans must be prepared in accordance with the District Council’s Local Plan and can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for the local area;
  • Choose where new homes, community facilities and other forms of development should be built:
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces; and
  • Influence what new buildings should look like.

Consultation on the area to be covered started on 17 August 2015 and runs for 4 weeks until 5.00pm on 14 September 2015.

Wish to comment on the proposed plan?

Send your comments to ldfconsult@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or by post to:

Forward Planning, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ.

Please be aware that all comments received will be publicly available and may be included on our website. Personal details such as the respondents address, telephone number and signature will not be published.

New arrangements for pre-application planning advice

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New arrangements for pre-application planning advice on domestic extensions, adverts and other commercial alterations will be starting from 1 May 2015.

Planning

We are expanding our pre-application planning service in order to ensure prospective planning applications are well-prepared and have the appropriate information and drawings.

The fee for this service is £48 (including VAT) which is payable at the time of the enquiry. This fee can be paid by debit or credit card over the phone or by sending a cheque or banker’s draft to the planning office.

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