Our district is a prosperous place with an economy that is resilient and strong.
However, we are constantly looking to maximise opportunities that will benefit our residents, support our long-established businesses and nurture the ones that are yet to come.
The economy is developing and evolving in the UK. New industries, businesses and technologies are reshaping the skills we need, the employment on offer and how we access and use services. This, in turn, has an impact on our approach to protecting the environment and giving our young and not so young workers the opportunities they need to prosper. The district’s strength lies in its beautiful green and unique heritage coupled with its connections to London and the opportunities presented by economic growth in neighbouring districts. This however also brings many challenges not least the lack of available land for growth, given that we are over 90% Green Belt and our residents wish to protect this wherever possible. The Epping Forest District’s Local Plan is necessarily a balance between the requirement from Government to deliver the identified and evidenced need for 10,800 new jobs and 11,400 homes by 2033, and the need to protect the greenness of our district and the forest. We must also factor in Brexit and the challenges that may bring.
This strategy puts forward proposals to deliver a long-term vision and plan to future proof our economic success, enable entrepreneurs to become established, businesses to grow, and our residents to prosper. For instance this includes ideas around a new integrated transport strategy to help address challenges in and around the district.
This is not just a plan for the council, but a plan for the place that is Epping Forest District. One that business, education and public services can all get behind, so we can pool our learning, resources and knowledge and make our district truly a great place to live, work, study and do business. To do this we need your input, helping us to focus on the things that will deliver value by making the best use of our limited resources.
Please send any contributions or comments you have about this draft document to Duncan Haslam (Economic Development Assistant) firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for sending feedback through is the 27th May 2019.