Members of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet met on Monday 10 June 2013. The agenda was dominated by Planning issues with the first debate considering the impact of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on local planning applications.
Leader of Council, Councillor Chris Whitbread spoke of the burst water pipe over the weekend and council services disruption and said: “This kind of event could hit any business or organisation and we have good business continuity plans in place. I would like to thank personally all the officers involved on Sunday and throughout today. They have really set a first class example for this local authority. It was so pleasing to be able to come in here at 9am and survey the damage and most importantly to see us up and running and serving the public once again.”
Councillors received presentations from the Council’s legal adviser Mark Beard and the Director of Planning and Economic Development John Preston discussing where current council planning policies complimented the NPPF until the new Local Plan supersedes them and where current policies might carry less weight.
Cabinet then went on to review the minutes of the latest North Weald Airfield and Asset Management Committee including the on-going consultation with airfield users and the local Parish and County councils.
Cabinet then moved on to consider responses to the Community Choices Local Plan consultation and the next steps forward.
The Council continues to improve the quality of its council housing. Reports on the award of contracts for new kitchens in council-owned properties and external wall insulation were approved. A tender sum of £612,933 was accepted as being the lowest received for the installation of new kitchens to council housing across the district. Successful application for grants to offset the cost of external wall cladding to older council properties is set to save the council £280,000 on energy efficiency works to 35 properties with considerable benefits to tenants.
New policies and procedures for using the Investigatory Powers Act were approved.
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