Decisions from Plans East 10 January 2017

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 10 January 2017.

Decisions

  • EPF/2363/17 – Rozel, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois, Essex CM16 7JY
    Decision deferred to DDMC
  • EPF/2364/17 – Rozel, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois, Essex CM16 7JY
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2388/17 – 47 Sunnyside Road, Epping, Essex, CM16 4JW
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2564/17 – Spain End, The Street, Willingale, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0SJ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2748/17 – Part of Popplewell Coachworks Popplewells Coach Works Ltd, High Road, Thornwood, North Weald, Essex, CM16 6LP
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2869/17 – Rear of 8 to 22 Institute Road, Coopersale, Epping, Essex, CM16 7QY
    Permission granted

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Planning fees rise

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Planning application fees will increase by 20% from Wednesday 17 January 2018.

This is in line with new government regulations agreed by parliament on 19 December 2017. It is the first planning fee increase for 5 years. All planning applications which have not been validated before 17 January will have to pay the increased fee.

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What are the changes?

All planning application fees will increase by 20% from Wednesday 17 January 2018. The 3 most popular applications in the Epping Forest district are

  1. single dwelling householder applications alterations/extensions fees will increase from £172 to £206
  2. full applications on new dwellings fees will increase from £385 to £462 per dwelling
  3. notification for prior approval for a change of use fees will increase from £80 to £96

The Planning Portal has a fee calculator but this will continue to display the old fees until 17 January 2018.

Why are fees increasing?

“Currently the planning fees do not cover our planning service costs” said Councillor John Philip Portfolio Holder for Planning and Governance. “We don’t think all Council Tax payers should part fund a service the majority of them do not use. There is an argument that users of the planning service should be paying more already.”

“The proposed increases by the government were agreed at Cabinet on 9 March 2017 and the increase in planning application fees will be used to enhance the planning service provided by Epping Forest District Council.”

February 2018 half term holiday activities

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Keep your children entertained with our great range of activities over the February 2018 half term school holidays.

February 2018 half term activities

Book your tickets now so they don’t miss out

“Our holiday activities are a fun and affordable way to keep your children busy and healthy during the school holidays.” said Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder.

“All our activities are run by friendly, fully qualified staff. Make sure you book your tickets now so they don’t miss out.”


How to paint … A Sense of Rural Life

  • Children’s workshop
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Ages 7+
  • Cost £10
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Adult’s workshop
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 2pm to 4pm
  • Ages 16+
  • Cost £10
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Fields, trees, hay bales and horse; the Rural Naturalists painted them all … now it’s your turn!

In this artist led workshop, you will be painting in the style of the Naturalists. You will study the work of the great naturalist painters such as John Constable and the Newlyn School, and be inspired by Epping Forest District Museum’s ‘Rural Life’ exhibition.

These workshops keep creative learning light-hearted and fun and are very hands on!

Adults are welcome to attend with their children in the morning session or attend without children in the afternoon.


Long Nose Puppets presents … Penguin

  • Monday 12 February 2018
  • North Weald Village Hall, 40 High Road, North Weald Bassett CM16 6BU
  • Time 11.30am and 2.30pm
  • Ages 2 to 8
  • Cost £8
  • Booking required – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Penguin is a spectacular theatre experience for all ages, especially 2 to 8 year olds!

Long Nose Puppets return to the district with their fantastic show; full of colour, surprises and lively songs that will have everyone singing along! Penguin is based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar, which this year, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Duration is 45 minutes plus 15 minutes ‘meet the puppets’.


Epping Forest Multi Sports Days

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3BE
  • Time 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm to 4pm)
  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Cost £16
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Thursday 15 February 2018
  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Thornwood, Epping CM16 6NL
  • Time 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm to 4pm)
  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Cost £16
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities.

We believe that there is a sport and activity for everyone. At our Multi Sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non traditional sports from Tennis to American Football with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

Young people will need to dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor sports, we would also advise a change of clothing in case of bad weather. Young people will also need a packed lunch, and plenty to drink (fruit juice or water please, no sports drinks). A healthy morning snack will be provided.


Go Wild Cake Decorating and Sugar Craft Workshop

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Communities Training Room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • Time 10am to 12pm
  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Valentine’s Day inspired cake decorating and sugar craft workshop for children under 16.

Come along to this workshop learn how to decorate cakes using piping techniques. You can take home all the cakes you decorate for yourself or to share with your family and friends this Valentines Day.

You will learn icing techniques and develop new skills when making the Valentine edible decorations from sugar paste. All materials, food and drinks will be provided.


Make a lucky horseshoe

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 12 noon to 3pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £1.50
  • Drop in, no need to book drop in

Fun family art and craft activities for you to make together and take home. No need to book, just drop in and allow approximately 20 minutes for the activity.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We regret we cannot accommodate large groups or holiday clubs during these sessions. Please contact us to arrange a group session.


Play in the Forest

  • Wednesday 14 February 2018
  • High Beach opposite the Visitors’ Centre, Loughton IG10 4AE
  • Time 10am to 12pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £3
  • Drop by at any time, there is no need to book

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest.

Join us for this Valentines themed activity where we will be making tissue paper flowers and bead necklaces. We will also have bug hunting, den building and a live story telling session. Why not bring along your favourite cuddly toy and dress it for the occasion! The best dressed toy will win a prize!

Please note: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as child care. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions. Parents/Carers are free to stay and join in. Toilet facilities are located in the King’s Oak Car Park.


Tennis

  • Friday 16 February 2018
  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Tennis Courts, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3BS
  • Time 10am to 11am
  • Ages 5 to 10
  • Cost £3
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Epping Forest’s Tennis Activators sessions will give young people aged 5 to 10 years the chance to take part in fun engaging tennis activities & competitions.

Decisions from Plans South 20 December 17

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Planning application decisions from Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

Decisions

  • Item 1 (EPF/2127/17 72) Greenfields, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3HF
    PERMISSION GRANTED
  • Item 2 (EPF/2636/17) 126 Manor Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5PR
    PERMISSION GRANTED
  • Item 3 (EPF/2650/17) Adj Garage Block, Pentlow Way, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 6BZ
    PERMISSION GRANTED
  • Item 4 (EPF/2706/17) Royal Oak, Forest Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1EG
    PERMISSION GRANTED
  • Item 5 (EPF/2707/17) 2 Danbury Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3AI
    PERMISSION GRANTED
  • Item 6 (EPF/2725/17) 2 Goldingham Avenue, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2JF
    PERMISSION REFUSED
  • Item 7 (EPF/2660/17) 69 Lechmere Avenue, Chigwell, Essex, IG10 2JF
    PERMISSION GRANTED
  • Item 8 (EPF/2792/17) 2 Honeycroft, Loughton, Essex, IG10 5EZ
    PERMISSION GRANTED
  • Item 9 (EPF/2572/17) Car park rear of 12-14 The Broadway, Loughton, Essex, IG10
    PERMISSION REFUSED
  • Item 10 (EPF/2398/17) Stanmores/Little Stanmores, Clays Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2RZ
    PERMISSION GRANTED

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Have a say in how your community is policed?

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Essex Police is looking for members to join a new Epping Forest and Brentwood Independent Advisory Group (IAG). It is an opportunity for somebody to act as a ‘critical friend’ to play an important part in ensuring Essex Police consults with, and understand the views of, the Epping Forest community.

Essex Police IAG leaflet

Share your expertise and experience

“If you know your community well and can think strategically, why not share your expertise and experience to help Essex Police make policing decisions in the Epping Forest district,” asks Councillor Sam Kane, Epping Forest District Council’s safer, greener and transport portfolio holder.

“The IAG will play an important part in ensuring Essex Police consults with our community, reviewing police work practices to help Essex Police better understand how its processes and policies affect our different communities.” said Councillor Sam Kane.

“The first meeting of the Epping Forest and Brentwood IAG is at Zinc Arts in Ongar on Tuesday 16 January 2018, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. If you’re motivated, enthusiastic, able to communicate in a calm, constructive manner, and want to ensure the views of your community are heard, come along and tell Essex Police how their services are being perceived by our communities.”

Are you interested?

If you’re interested in shaping the way policing is delivered in Essex and ensuring your community has a voice, download an application form from www.essex.police.uk/iag or email iag@essex.pnn.police.uk for more information.

Full details can be found on the Essex Police website.

Epping Forest Shopping Park open for Christmas

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The new Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton is up and running and open for Christmas.

Epping Forest Shopping Park

Stores open

Stores open in time for Christmas are

The new shopping park at Langston Road in Loughton is owned by Epping Forest District Council. It’s a short walk from Debden tube station with over 300 parking bays including 10 charging points for electric vehicles. There’s cycle racks for 34 bikes as well.

A fantastic range of well-known and popular retailers

“I’m delighted to see our new shopping park open,” said Councillor Anne Grigg, Economic Development portfolio holder at Epping Forest District Council. “We’ve got a fantastic range of well-known and popular retailers, and for many it’s their first store to open in the Epping Forest district.”

“Analysis showed us 75% of local residents travelled out of the district to shop. Now the Epping Forest Shopping Park can plug that gap and residents can now shop locally at the stores they want.”

Epping Forest Shopping Park logo

New jobs for the local area

Councillor Grigg ended with: “The retail park not only provides new jobs for the local area, it’s rental income will be put back into local services, contributing to keeping Epping Forest District Council a low Council Tax council.”

Local Plan Council 14 December 2017

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District councillors approved publication of the submission version of the Local Plan at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 14 December. The decision paves the way for the start of Regulation 19, a six week period during which residents and other interested parties can comment on the legal soundness of the plan before submission to the government at the end of March.

Development within Epping Forest District up to 2033

The Local Plan contains policies for development within Epping Forest District up to 2033. It includes the designation of areas for housing, employment and the Metropolitan Green Belt.

Publication of the submission version of the Local Plan was accelerated after the Secretary of State Sajid Javid warned councils to expect government intervention and significant additional housing allocations where Local Plans are not in place. Epping Forest District could see the number of new homes almost doubled if it did not submit its plan for inspection by a government-appointed inspector by the end of March 2018.

Invitation of submissions

Councillors agreed the Plan and the invitation of submissions on legality, soundness and the duty to co-operate with neighbouring councils for a six week period commencing 18 December.

The Plan and a special form designed to assist residents make submissions will be available to complete from 12pm Monday on the Epping Forest District Council website. A printable pdf version of the form will also be available to download. Reference copies of the Local Plan and associated documents will also be available to view at the following locations:

  • Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping
  • Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping
  • Epping Forest District Council Loughton Broadway Housing Office
  • Epping Forest District Council Limes Centre Chigwell
  • Epping Sports Centre
  • Loughton Leisure Centre
  • Ongar Leisure Centre
  • Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool
  • Buckhurst Hill Library
  • Chigwell Library
  • Chipping Ongar Library
  • Epping Library
  • Loughton Library
  • North Weald Library
  • Waltham Abbey Library

Final representations must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 29 January 2018.

Decisions from Plans West 13 December 2017

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee West meeting Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Decisions

  • EPF/2170/17 – Land and Garages, Woollard Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1HE
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2278/17 – Threeways Nursery, Sedge Green, Roydon, CM19 5JS
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2400/17 – Upland Lodge, Epping Road, Epping Upland, CM16 6PX
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2413/17 – 1 Bentons Cottages, Middle Street, Nazeing, EN9 2LN
    Decision deferred
  • EPF/2569/17 – Netherkidders Laundry, Lane Nazeing, EN9 2DY
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2585/17 – Rye Hill House, Rye Hill Road, Epping Upland, CM18 7JG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2600/17 – 10 The Magpies Epping Upland Epping, CM16 6QG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2914/17 – Netherhouse Farm, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, E4 7RJ
    Permission granted

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Decisions from DDMC 29 November 2017

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Planning application decisions from the District Development Management Committee meeting Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Decisions

  • EPF/1849/17 – Chigwell Primary School, High Road Chigwell
    Deferred to next DDMC
  • EPF/1390/17 – The Lodge, Woolston Hall, Abridge Road, Chigwell
    Deferred to Full Council
  • EPF/1973/17 – Newstead, 19 Cooperale Common, Coopersale
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1492/16 – The Chimes Nursery, Old Nazeing Road, Nazeing
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1956/17 – Broxlea Nursery, Nursery Road, Nazeing
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1765/17 – 5 Beech Lane, Buckhurst Hill
    Permission granted

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Cabinet 7 December 2017

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Savings, efficiencies and income generation are bridging the gap as reductions in government funding of approximately £700,000 over the next 4 years are being addressed in the Medium Term Financial Strategy. Reports to the Cabinet meeting held on 7 December 2017 included cabinet committee minutes noting the phasing out of the Revenue Support Grant.

Other items on the agenda included consultation on the Local Council Tax Support scheme, additional resources for homelessness prevention and investment in Loughton Leisure Centre. The Council’s staffing structure, the Capital Review, Local Plan, additional police, support for Epping Forest District Youth Council and a ‘Behavioural Insights’ project to help residents interact with the Council also featured on a packed agenda.

No extra crèche money but investment in changing facilities confirmed

Councillors agreed not to subsidise crèche facilities at Loughton Leisure Centre. Facilities at Loughton supporting the crèche are to be redeveloped as part of wider improvements to the Leisure Centre. However, councillors were able to support improvements to changing facilities at a cost of £324,000. Epping Forest District Council is better placed than many other councils to invest in leisure facilities.

Recognising the discretionary nature of the service and the competing demands for funding, councillors regretted being unable to support the crèche. However, in addition to other improvements to Loughton, the Council is building a new leisure centre in Waltham Abbey.

Welfare

Councillors backed amendments to the Local Council Tax Support scheme. Following consultation earlier in the year the scheme is being adapted to take account of Universal Credit and working practices of the Department of Work and Pensions. Councillors also welcomed government recognition of the growing demand with grant funding of an additional post within the homelessness prevention team.

Staff structures and service improvements

Councillors also approved provisional budget allocations to support long term staff realignment and service delivery. The Common Operating Model set out within the Council’s People Strategy is aiming to streamline and refocus management processes and staff. Councillors approved provisional funding for next year to meet redundancy and pension costs with commensurate salary budget savings leading to break even in a year or so and ongoing savings thereafter.

The Corporate Plan set out plans for the provision of future services based on the needs of local residents. Approval for regular satisfaction level surveys and research into ‘behavioural’ insights are set to track and accelerate improvements to services.

Working with Essex Police, councillors welcomed proposals for local funding to boost the number of police officers or uniformed presence patrolling the district. £25,000 is to be allocated for employment of Parkguard staff over the next 3 months with aspirations for more permanent recruitment of police officers to follow.

Councillors also approved a project funding budget of £8,000 for Epping Forest District Youth Council.

Strong financial performance continues to be reflected in the Council’s Capital Programme Review despite challenging circumstances. The Council is continuing to deliver commercial projects with community benefits such as Epping Forest Shopping Park and its associated highway improvement works, the new leisure centre for Waltham Abbey and the ongoing new council-house building programme.

Local Plan resourcing

Demand on the Council’s planning services is expected to increase as the new Local Plan moves forward. Councillors approved funding for the establishment of a new Strategic Sites Implementation Team with a bid for £278,000 per year over 2 years to assist the implementation of the Local Plan.