First steps for Loughton Neighbourhood Plan

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Loughton Town Council has taken the first steps towards preparing a Neighbourhood Plan by informing Epping Forest District Council of their intentions and submitting an application for the designation of their parish as a Neighbourhood Area.

Any Parish or Town Council can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan if they wish. The Plans give communities an opportunity to shape the way in which their local area develops over the coming years. Neighbourhood Development Plans, which must be prepared in accordance with the District Councils Local Plan, 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
  • Influence what new buildings should look like

Loughton Town Council

Loughton Town Council has identified the area to be covered by the plan as the whole parish. Epping Forest District Council, as the local planning authority, is required to publicise this proposed area for a period of at least 6 weeks so that people can comment on it.

This is a consultation on the identification of the potential plan area, not a formal consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, which will come later as the Plan progresses.

The consultation commences on 9 February 2015 and will run for 6 weeks until 5pm on 20 March 2015. Due to technical difficulties the consultation has been extended to 5pm on 27 March 2015.


About Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by Government through the Localism Act in 2011.

Once they have successfully completed the preparation process, Neighbourhood Plans will legally have policy status and will be used to help decide planning applications. Within the parameters set by the district-wide local plan, a neighbourhood plan must be used to positively encourage sustainable development.

Following the end of this 6 week period, the District Council must decide whether to designate the proposed neighbourhood area. It should be noted that once a designation is made no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until that designation expires or is withdrawn. One designated, the Parish Council may commence work on preparing the Neighbourhood Plan.

A draft Plan must be subject to a formal 6 week public consultation before being submitted to the District Council for examination by an independent Examiner. If the Plan is approved, a referendum is held within the Parish to decide whether the Plan should be used by the District Council to decide upon planning applications within the neighbourhood area.

Within the Epping Forest district, Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Parish Council, Chigwell Parish Council, Theydon Bois Parish Council, Buckhurst Hill Parish Council are already working on a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.


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.