Developers are to be asked to submit proposals for the redevelopment of the St John’s Road area of Epping.
The ‘Expressions of Interest’ exercise has been launched jointly by Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) on behalf of Essex County Council and Savills for Epping Forest District Council with both consultancies also supporting Epping Town Council.
Councillor Anne Grigg, portfolio holder for Asset Management at Epping Forest District Council said: “I am very pleased to announce the start of the search for a St John’s Road development partner. We undertook extensive consultation with local residents and businesses last year to produce a Development Brief to benefit both local residents and businesses. The Expressions of Interest exercise takes us to the next stage where we invite developers to think about proposals as close to the aspirations of the brief as possible.”
The land under consideration includes the former school site, council depot and Town Council offices. As the main land owners in St John’s Road, the councils worked together with St John’s Church to produce the Development Brief. The whole site will be marketed by Savills and LSH on a joint sole agency basis with complete transparency between the 2 teams. Developers will get their first look at the potential of the site from a specially produced website. Anyone can look at the site directly and via links from the Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council websites.
The website includes
- a location plan
- a site plan
- communications and transport information
- details of existing buildings and uses
- local amenities
- development opportunities
- current ownership details
- photographs of the area
- contacts for more information and viewing arrangements
Visitethe website at http://www.stjohnsepping.com/.
A brochure available in hard copy and as a download St Johns Road brochure (pdf 2.1MB) also identifies the site, location and local context as well as outlining the adopted planning brief and development potential of the site. Each expression of interest will be evaluated by LSH and Savills in consultation with Epping Forest District Council, Epping Town Council and Essex County Council before selected parties are invited to prepare bids.
Councillor Grigg added: “There is a great deal of public interest in achieving a successful outcome for the St John’s Road development area. The site has many complexities, not least of which is the ownership split between the different land owners. However, by co-ordinating our approach and making the Expressions of Interest exercise as open and transparent as possible, I hope we can reassure local people that the process is being handled properly.”
Councillor Derrick Louis, Cabinet Member for Transformation and Corporate Services at Essex County Council, said: “This is a great example of all tiers of local government working together to sensitively achieve ambitions for the rejuvenation of this part of Epping.”
Epping Town Mayor, Councillor Will Breare-Hall, speaking on behalf of Epping Town Council added: “The site offers a rare opportunity for an exciting town centre development and the Town Council remains very interested to see what proposals come forward as a result of this exercise.”
The Expressions of Interest exercise and the selection of a preferred development partner is not expected to be completed for several months. Councillor Grigg said: “We hope to have bids evaluated by the end of the Autumn but a great deal will depend on the range and quality of the Expressions of Interest followed by the bids we receive. Residents and local business people will be kept informed throughout.”