Welcome to the website of the Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society.
To learn about who we are and what we do, please click here
We have now arranged a number of Events for 2021 to be held online via Zoom. Please see the events tab above for details. This means that members can watch or listen to the talks at home, on their computer or phone.
Instructions for viewing the talks will be sent in emails to members preceding the meetings.
We do of course hope to revert to public meetings as soon as it is possible to do so, though when that might be cannot be predicted.
Queen's Road Planning Approval
The face of Queen's Road is set to change after planning approval was given by EFDC to demolish the bungalow at 2 Princes Road and construct a three-storey block of flats with commercial units at street level. This is the currently open corner diagonally opposite Waitrose at the junction of Queen's Road and Princes Road.
The plans are on the EFDC Planning Portal under EFDC/2378/19
The issues are described by the Planning Officer in the Agenda for the Plans South meeting on 23rd September, pages 15 - 25, which includes objections from BHRS, BH Parish Council, and nearby residents, but recommends approval of the plans.
The plans are highly controversial, and could not be resolved at the EFDC Plans South meeting, so were referred to the more senior District Development Management Committee on 11th November, who gave their approval. The debate at both meetings can be viewed in the webcast library on the EFDC website, which includes the views of Buckhurst Hill's own five District Councillors (Three opposed, two supported).
A separate proposal to allow development on the Car Park behind is still undecided; the Local Plan is still under discussion. There is as yet no design of how flats can be viably constructed whilst somehow retaining the existing number of car parking spaces.
Prospective residents of 2 Princes Road will be told they cannot own cars, as the plans do not include parking spaces, and parking on surrounding roads is restricted.
There will clearly be much disruption during construction.
Epping Forest Car Park Charges
The Epping Forest and Commons Committee took the decision on Monday 16th November to introduce car parking charges to all the forest car parks, on a phased basis. Phase 1 will include Bury Road and High Beach car parks.
They will be developing their plans for the tariff and operation of these car parks over the next month with another report coming back to this committee in January for agreement and public consultation. It is expected the charges will be in place some time in the spring or summer 2021.
Click here to download the City of London car parking report