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

Works Like a Charm at the Limes Centre, Chigwell

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Works Like A Charm poster

Date: Sunday 16 September

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Limes Centre, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

As part of the 2012 Essex Summer of Art Trail, Epping Forest Arts is celebrating the completion of their newest art project ‘Works Like a Charm’. A fantastic community art work  that has enabled Epping Forest artists Sonja Zelic and Helen Morse Palmer to work with architects, builders and a wide range of community members. Groups include Sherrell House, Open Group, Limes Farm Infant and Junior Schools, the Synagogue and residents from the Limes Farm estate.

Inspired by artists, trinkets and treasures, the residents of  Limes Farm have been transforming the Limes Centre into a work of creative brilliance. Discover the glass cases entombed in the walls, watch the eyes follow your every move from the windows as  you pass and walk on the pathways imprinted with good wishes.

Visitors can follow the charm trail to discover the good luck treasures in the walls and on the floors and local schools will be displaying works of art inspired by the Olympic values.

Admission is free.

Works Like A Charm is part of the Essex Summer of Art that takes place every year throughout Essex and is a partnership project between Epping Forest Arts, Epping Forest District Museum, Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council.  For further information please visit

Works like a charm poster (pdf 84kb)

Have your say on the Local Plan (Community Choices)

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The consultation process on the Community Choices document is now well under way, having been launched on 30 July 2012. However, the consultation period will run until 15 October 2012, so there is still plenty of time to get involved.

7 more dates have been added to provide more opportunities for anyone to drop in for more information or to provide their feedback.

Within the Community Choices consultation document we have identified what we believe to be the main issues facing the district over the next 20 years. We also list a range of options to deal with the issues. However, we need the public to provide their opinions on these issues and options.

The consultation documents and additional information are available on our website Hard copies of documents are also available at libraries and council offices.

In addition to making copies of the documents widely available we are holding several drop-in sessions across the district. The sessions are intended to be informal but will be attended by the Forward Planning Team and will give the public the opportunity to ask any questions and give us their views in person.

We have added 7 extra dates to our original list, the full, up-to-date schedule is as follows:

  1. 4  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Sheering Village Hall, Sheering
  2. 5  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Jack Silley Pavilion, Epping
  3. 6  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Roding Valley Hall, Buckhurst Hill
  4. 10  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Fyfield Village Hall, Fyfield
  5. 11  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Waltham Abbey
  6. 12  September 2012 – 5.45pm to 9pm – Abridge Village Hall, Abridge
  7. 13  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Roydon Marina Village, Roydon
  8. 17  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Epping Hall, Epping
  9. 18  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Loughton Council Chamber, Loughton
  10. 19  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Nazeing Leisure Centre, Bumble’s Green
  11. 20  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Chigwell Parish Council Offices, Chigwell
  12. 25  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – Ongar Town Council, Chipping Ongar
  13. 26  September 2012 – 6.30pm to 9pm – Theydon Bois Village Hall, Theydon Bois
  14. 27  September 2012 – 5pm to 9pm – North Weald Village Hall Lounge, North Weald

Fun in the fields conservation day

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Come along and join Epping Forest Countrycare and the Essex Wildlife Trust for a day of nature conservation activities.

Fun in the Fields 8 September 2012 posterFun in the Fields takes place at the Roding Valley Meadows on Saturday 8 September from 1pm to 4pm.

Children aged between 5 and 12 will be able to learn more about wildlife and have some fun, too.

There will be a range of activities available, including bug hunting and nature scavenging. Visitors will also be able to have a go at building a bird box or making a bumblebee.

Entrance is free but there will be a nominal charge for some of the activities. Refreshments will also be available to buy.

The closest access will be from the reserve car park, next to the David Lloyd Leisure Centre (directions to David Lloyd Chigwell) from where it is signposted.

Download the poster Fun in the Fields 8 September 2012 poster.

Residents urged to take part in consultation – Local Plan video

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The issues and options consultation phase of the new Local Plan, ‘Community Choices’ runs from 30 July to 15 October. Here, Councillor Richard Bassett, the Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder talks about some of the key elements and encourages residents to become involved.


Click ‘Community Choices’ to view all the information and take part in the Local Plan consultation. 


Generous Golfers raise over £600 for Chairman’s Charities

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The Chairman of Council, Councillor Brian Rolfe, led the way at the annual Epping Forest Ditsrict Council Chairman’s Charity Golf Day with the opening tee shot, at Chigwell Golf Club on Tuesday 19th June 2012. A total of 25 golfers (comprising of Councillors, Officers, former employees and Council contractors) took to the fairways on a warm, sunny day to raise money for the Chairman’s chosen charities this year – Chigwell Riding Trust which provides rider training for people with special needs and the Dream Factory which works with children and young adults who have either life limiting or life threatening conditions.

Chairman Brian Rolfe with winner Chigwell Parish Councillor Raj Sood
Chairman Brian Rolfe with winner Chigwell Parish Councillor Raj Sood

Winner of the Don Spinks Shield, and champion golfer for 2012, was Chigwell Parish Councillor Raj Sood (here pictured with the Chairman) with a score of 41 stableford points on his debut in the competition. The Robert O’Malley Cup for Ladies Golfers was won for the second year running by Annette Stansfield from the Council’s leisure contract provider Sports and Leisure Management Limited with a score of 26 points. Annette had won the Don Spinks Shield in 2010 and this win made it three trophies in three years.

Enforcement Officer David Thompson was the runner-up with 38 points, whilst Sports Officer James Warwick came third with 37 points. For the Ladies, Kim Bames, also from Sports and Leisure Management, was second with 25 points. Surprisingly, nobody was able to hit the green on the 10th hole, so the nearest-the-pin prize was rolled over to 2013, but Technical Assistant Director Kim Durrani was able to keep his ball on the 18th fairway to win the longest drive competition.

The Chairman’s wife – Mrs Una Rolfe – provided welcome refreshment at the halfway stage, which proved popular with all the contestants as they walked between the ninth green and the tenth tee. After handing out the prizes, the Chairman thanked all involved for taking part and supporting the Chairman’s Charity Appeal for 2012/13.  A total of £633.58 had been raised for the Chairman’s nominated charities

Brian said “What a great turnout today raising money for two locally based charities doing some fantastic work in our community. I would like to thank all the members, officers and other golfers who have contributed to my charities.

Book your event at the renovated Limes Centre

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Wedding receptions, children’s parties, fitness classes, meetings and events.

Bookings are now being taken for the Limes Centre in Chigwell which is opening in the new year.

A new facility for the whole community!

Download a copy of the Limes Centre brochure using the link below for further information on the 3 rooms including capacity, hire charges and booking details.

Limes Centre Brochure

The fully accessible Limes Centre has 3 distinct areas:

1.The Limes Hall comes with a fully fitted kitchen and can accommodate up to 200 people
2.The Limes Activity Hall is a space for up to 50 people and has a small kitchen area
3.The Limes Meeting Room is a meeting area for up to 12 people

We are now taking bookings for February 2012 onwards. An affordable pricing structure varies according to the time and day of hire and means that the meeting room can be hired out for as little as £2.50 an hour and the Limes Hall for £10 an hour. Special discounted rates are available for Limes Farm residents.

Call us on 01992 564561 or email for information on how to hire the Limes Centre facilities.

The Limes Centre is located at Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

Tributes to Chigwell Councillor

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Tributes were paid to Councillor David Bateman at the first meeting of Epping Forest District Council since he passed away in August. Councillor Penny Smith, Chairman of Council welcomed Councillor Bateman`s widow, Sandra, and son David to the Chamber.

Presentation by Councillor Penny Smith to Councillor Batemans son David and widow Sandra

Councillor Di Collins, Leader of Council led the tributes. Councillor Jon Whitehouse echoed her praise for the work carried out by Councillor Bateman over many years on the Council.

Councillor Stephen Murray spoke for many with affection for Councillor Bateman. He remembered his knowledge of Chigwell and Limes Farm in particular where Councillor Bateman worked so hard for his residents.

Fellow Chigwell Councillor John Knapman spoke of his shock. He remembered David Bateman`s passion for golf and support for the Chairman`s Charity. His legacy would include tireless campaigning to improve the safety of local roads and his care for the people of Limes Farm.

Councillor Pat Richardson spoke of David Bateman`s gentleness while Councillor Caroline Pond was among many to remember his political independence.

Councillor Penny Smith, invited Sandra and David to receive the Long Service Medal that would have been presented to Councillor Bateman. Mrs Bateman thanked all councillors for the many kind words spoken in memory of her husband.

Limes Farm Multi Use Games Area Launched

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Young people celebrated the opening of the refurbished multi-use games area on Thursday 24 September 2009 at the Limes Farm Estate in Chigwell.

Chairman Penny Smith, Councillor Brian Rolfe with young people and staff at the new games area

Epping Forest District Council`s Community Development Team had secured funding of £40K from the BIG Lottery Children`s Play Programme to undertake the improvement project. State of the art rebound fencing, new basketball ends, football goals and tennis nets, along with a bright new playing surface have all been provided as part of the scheme.

The new games area provides the perfect location from which to deliver the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Social Inclusion Project, which has been developed by the Council`s Sports Development Team, with multi-sport sessions running during the evenings for local young people. During the day the community games area is used by Limes Farm Junior School ensuring that the facility is well used at all times.

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Brian Rolfe said: By securing Lottery funding the Council has been able to provide a first class facility for Limes Farm, in particular, local children and young people. Following the success of the new playground installed last year, we were delighted to support further investment as part of our commitment to the local community.

A visit by Penny Smith, Chairman of the Council, marked the launch event, which involved young people being treated to a football free-style display from the legendary Billy Wingrove from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Youngsters then tried their hand at a variety of sports on offer, including tennis tuition provided by Chigwell Tennis Club.

Election for District Councillor for Grange Hill

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Notice of election for a District Councillor for Grange Hill, if contested the poll will take place on Thursday 8 October 2009.

Election of a District Councillor for Grange Hill

  1. An election is to be held of One District Councillor for Grange Hill.
  2. Forms of nomination for the District Election may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for the electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  3. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than noon on Friday 11 September 2009.
  4. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 8 October 2009.
  5. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 23 September 2009.
  6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2009.
  7. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2009 must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ by 5pm on Thursday 8 October 2009.