An event to discuss proposals for a development at Hillhouse in Waltham Abbey proved a success, with over 140 residents attending the exhibition and community planning workshops.
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.
Facilitated by architects JTP the two day event saw residents given the opportunity to discuss the proposals and take part in workshops to help guide the future design.
Making sure voices are listened to
Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council, Cllr Helen Kane added: ‘I was very impressed with the participation of the residents and the presence of many local ward councillors at the consultation event. I would like to thank everyone for their honest and frank views, as well as the many creative suggestions that came forward during these workshops’.
Both as a Cabinet Member and a Waltham Abbey Councillor, I will be working with all those involved to make sure their voices are listened to. I am confident that our consultants, JTP, will consider all the responses when formulating them into the Master Plan that they are producing. I am looking forward with much anticipation to the next community event, when JTP will present which ideas have been able to be included within the Master Plan – and can be put to action.’
Following the weekend, the JTP team will develop proposals and a ‘vision’ for the site ahead of future formal planning applications.