The Independent Examination of Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan starts on Tuesday 12 February 2019.
With space limited at the Civic Offices, there are arrangements for residents to view the proceedings via webcast. Hearings will be live to view on a range of devices from PCs and Macs to mobile phones and tablet. They will also be available as recordings on the Council website for later viewing.
Opening sessions are expected to be very busy with up to 30 representatives scheduled to speak on the first day, leaving little room for other observers in the Council’s Committee Rooms. However, residents can also watch a live stream of the proceedings in the Council Chamber.
Parking at the Civic Offices is also limited. Anyone planning to attend the hearings in person is strongly advised to come by public transport or use one of Epping’s other pay and display car parks in Cottis Lane and Bakers Lane.
Acting Chief Executive Derek Macnab said: “While it may be possible to squeeze more residents into the Committee Rooms for later hearings, the first few sessions will be full of speakers, leaving little room for observers. If you don’t have internet access, it may be worth coming to the Council Chamber but for anyone else, watching live from your computer or mobile phone is by far the best option.”
Extra hearing date
An extra date has been added to the hearings. Matter 1 issue 5 ‘Have the requirements of the Conservation Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 been met?’ has been rescheduled. It will now be heard on 21 May 2019. The full list of hearing dates and documents is available online on the Local Plan Examination website.
Planning Inspector Louise Phillips MA (Cantab) MSc MRTPI will conduct the examination of the Epping Forest District Local Plan.
Derek Macnab added: “The Council is hosting the examination but we do not run it. The Planning Inspector is in charge and she will hold complete discretion over the proceedings. Speakers have already been confirmed. No one else attending the hearings will be allowed to speak.”
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