Help shape proposals for Hillhouse development

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Waltham Abbey community invited to help shape proposals for the development of Hillhouse

Residents in Waltham Abbey are being invited to attend a community planning weekend to help shape proposals for a new development at Hillhouse.

The plans, jointly developed by Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Council and NHS England include

  • A new Health Centre providing alternative accommodation for the current Maynard Court Surgery
  • A new Swimming Pool to replace the existing Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool at Roundhills, including a 25m pool with 6 lanes, learner pool, studio and community space
  • An Independent Living Scheme adjacent to the proposed health centre providing housing for over 55’s who need additional care and support
  • Half of the existing playing fields retained as playing fields and recreation space

Exciting opportunity

Councillor Helen Kane, Epping Forest District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services said: “This is an exciting opportunity – both for the community living in the Hillhouse area and for all Waltham Abbey residents.”

“We know the existing swimming pool at Roundhills in Waltham Abbey is close to the end of its operational life. This development proposal provides a unique opportunity to ensure that a new, modern public swimming pool can be provided in Waltham Abbey, without any temporary loss of provision, for many years to come.”

“The Community Planning Weekend enables anyone from Waltham Abbey with an interest in the proposals to give their initial views on how the proposed swimming pool, health centre and independent living scheme can best be provided together.”

Critical that all public agencies work together

Cllr John Spence CBE,  Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance with responsibility for Housing added: “Land owned by the public sector – whichever part of the public sector – is owned by the taxpayers, so it is critical that all public agencies work together, either to dispose of such land or to ensure it is used to best effect in terms of impact and values. This imaginative scheme is an excellent example of the positive impact that can be made.”

Weekend event

The weekend event facilitated by architects JTP will take place at

  • Hillhouse Primary School, Ninefields
  • 5pm and 7pm
  • Friday 18 March 2016

Where residents will be able to view a background exhibition.

It will continue between 10.45am and 3.30pm on Saturday 19 March 2016 with an opportunity for the local community to share local knowledge and contribute to shaping the plans on through workshops, walkabouts and hands-on planning groups.

Following the weekend, the JTP team will develop proposals and a ‘vision’ for the site ahead of future formal planning applications.