Residents have until 23 April to express views on the St John’s Road, Epping Development Brief.
The deadline has been extended in response to appeals by ward councillors and residents to Epping Forest District Council’s Finance and Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Gagan Mohindra.
Councillor Mohindra said: “I have personally been approached by Councillor Whitbread and Councillor Breare-Hall about concerns raised to them by local residents. Indeed, I am aware that all the ward councillors have been in touch with officers with similar comments. All of them said that the original schedule was too tight and we needed to give local people more time especially as St John’s Road is located in the heart of Epping. The final decision will shape the character of the town for generations to come. I believe we have to be flexible. It is therefore entirely right that we take more time over this process if that is what local people want.”
The exhibition in the Civic Offices at Epping will remain throughout the extended period. The other display, currently at St John’s Church will transfer to St John’s Road Library for the remainder of the consultation from 24 March. Further publicity is also planned including a leaflet delivery to Epping residents, notifying them of the extension and location of the exhibitions.
The bulk of the site is owned by the tax payer, approximately one-third Essex County Council, one-sixth Epping Forest District Council and one-sixth Epping Town Council. St John’s Church also sits entirely within the development area.
There are 4 distinct options:
- Retail and leisure
View details of the 4 options in the leaflet below and submit your views online (Consultation now closed):
St Johns Road Epping leaflet (pdf 7.6 MB) St Johns Epping information
Key objectives for Epping Forest District Council are to ensure the development integrates well with the High Street, provides a sustainable mix of uses with high-quality public spaces and respects and complements the historic character of the town. Any development also needs to be practical, deliverable and affordable.
Councillor Mohindra added: “This brief has been a long time in the formulation. Extending the consultation by a few weeks will not harm the process and I want to be sure we have given local residents and businesses as much opportunity to respond as we can. I also want the fullest range of views. I believe some of the options are less affordable and practical than others but I still want to know what people think of all the possibilities. We are looking at each in the current financial climate but what may not be possible today might be possible tomorrow.”