Residents and stakeholders are being invited to have their say on proposed modifications to the emerging Epping Forest District Local Plan from 8 July 2021.
The consultation seeks views on changes being proposed to the 2017 Local Plan Submission Version which is currently under independent examination. These are changes that the Local Plan inspector considers necessary before the plan can be adopted. These changes are known as main modifications.
The Local Plan outlines proposed development across the District until 2033. This main modifications stage follows the public examination hearings that took place between February and June 2019 and the inspector’s initial advice of August 2019.
This stage of consultation is limited to the changes (main modifications) proposed to the 2017 Plan and supporting documents that have informed these changes. It is not an opportunity to comment on parts of the 2017 Local Plan that are not proposed to be changed.
Supporting documents include the Sustainability Appraisal addendum and the 2021 Habitats Regulations assessment.
A Council spokesman said:
The Local Plan is at an advanced stage in examination and this is an opportunity for people to submit their views on the changes proposed to the plan during the examination process.
It is important that people are clear on the nature of the modifications proposed at this stage. They do not include identification of any new sites for allocation for development compared with the 2017 Local Plan Submission version.
I would also stress that there is no need to repeat comments already made as part of the examination because these are already being considered by the inspector.
The Local Plan is our highest corporate priority. Its adoption is critical in ensuring necessary development in the district is delivered in the most sustainable locations and is accompanied by the infrastructure that is required.”
Consultation is open for 10 weeks from 8 July 2021 until 16 September 2021. Upon launch full details will be available on the Local Plan website.
The quickest and easiest way to respond is via the online form but responses can also be made by email or post.
All responses will be collated and sent to the planning inspector for consideration once consultation closes and will be uploaded to the Local Plan website.
We will also be contacting people who have registered for Local Plan updates, statutory bodies such as Natural England, local town and parish councils and other stakeholders.
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