District councillors approved publication of the submission version of the Local Plan at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 14 December. The decision paves the way for the start of Regulation 19, a six week period during which residents and other interested parties can comment on the legal soundness of the plan before submission to the government at the end of March.
Development within Epping Forest District up to 2033
The Local Plan contains policies for development within Epping Forest District up to 2033. It includes the designation of areas for housing, employment and the Metropolitan Green Belt.
Publication of the submission version of the Local Plan was accelerated after the Secretary of State Sajid Javid warned councils to expect government intervention and significant additional housing allocations where Local Plans are not in place. Epping Forest District could see the number of new homes almost doubled if it did not submit its plan for inspection by a government-appointed inspector by the end of March 2018.
Invitation of submissions
Councillors agreed the Plan and the invitation of submissions on legality, soundness and the duty to co-operate with neighbouring councils for a six week period commencing 18 December.
The Plan and a special form designed to assist residents make submissions will be available to complete from 12pm Monday on the Epping Forest District Council website. A printable pdf version of the form will also be available to download. Reference copies of the Local Plan and associated documents will also be available to view at the following locations:
- Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping
- Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping
- Epping Forest District Council Loughton Broadway Housing Office
- Epping Forest District Council Limes Centre Chigwell
- Epping Sports Centre
- Loughton Leisure Centre
- Ongar Leisure Centre
- Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool
- Buckhurst Hill Library
- Chigwell Library
- Chipping Ongar Library
- Epping Library
- Loughton Library
- North Weald Library
- Waltham Abbey Library
Final representations must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 29 January 2018.