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Revised Local Plan passed
At a Council Meeting on 14th December 2017, Epping Forest District Council voted to submit a revised version of the Local Plan to a Government planning inspector for Approval.
Submission of the Plan to the next stage was inevitable once the government announced that if it was not submitted by March 2018, EFDC would lose control of planning process, and 20,000 houses would be built in the district instead of the 11,000 proposed in the Plan.
The revised version of the Plan was published on 18th December and is open for public comments until 5pm on 29th January 2018. Their website provides details on how to submit representations.
A copy of the Plan is available at Buckhurst Hill Library: it is a very large document, difficult to follow if reading online.
Representations at this stage must refer to the 'soundness' and 'legal compliance' of the Plan, and not to the merits or otherwise of the included sites.
The Residents' Society strongly opposes the sites earmarked in the Plan for Buckhurst Hill and our original response has been on this website for a year now (see Newsbox on right). Our response to this amended revised version is as follows
We understand that the next step will be a Public Enquiry by a Planning Inspector, sometime after Autumn 2018, followed by further discussion by EFDC and a final vote to approve in 2019. Planning Applications for actual development may be submitted anytime during the life of the plan, up to fifteen years.
Buckhurst Hill Station - Work Commenced
TfL began work on Monday 18th December to re-open the South entrances to the Underground Station. We understand completion might be around the end of March 2018. See the Newsbox on the right for more details.
Waitrose Car Parks - ANPR cameras proposed
A Planning Application has been submitted by Waitrose for the erection of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras at the entrances to their car parks, both underground and at the side.
They affirm that there will be no changes to the operating regime: a free period, with risk of a penalty fine for overstaying. The cameras will presumably enable stricter enforcement than the current manual checks.
We can see no planning reason why the application should not be approved.
Meet the Police
At a meeting with the local District Police Commander on 11th January we discovered just how the cuts to policing are having an effect on Epping Forest as a district.
Our nearest police station is Harlow.
We have 1 Sergeant and 3 PCSOs dedicated to the whole of Epping Forest.
Drug dealing in our area has been reported several times and the Police are aware. They asked for details, ie make of car, colour and licence plates as it helps to build up intelligence on local dealers. They also stressed that all reports via email, 101 and the hub in Loughton are read and noted but the informants (if not anonymous) are not usually contacted. Therefore the public must not assume their information has been ignored, in fact the more bits of information, no matter how trivial it is considered, the better to create a picture of criminal activity.
Overall they reported that Buckhurst Hill had the highest police presence in the district over the Festive Season due to the large number of reported burglaries.
The meeting was poorly publicised and poorly attended (12 people) so we asked them to keep us informed via email so we can pass information to our members. We discussed a future talk from the Police to a joint audience of BHRS and U3A.