Welcome to the website of the Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society.
To learn about who we are and what we do, please click here
Sadly we have to report the death of Barbara Blossom, a former Chairman of the Residents' Society, who passed away on 1st June 2018. Please read news article here.
BHRS presents cheque for £900 to Rainbow Trust
At our meeting on Tuesday 10th July, BHRS presented a cheque for £900 to Pauline Obee MBE, Patron of the Rainbow Trust, a charity which supports families with a seriously ill child. This sum was raised by children from St John's Primary School at our Market Project in Queen's Road on 15th June, organised by Margaret Drew of BHRS, and supported by businesses on Queen's Road. The school generously donated the proceeds to the charity being supported by BHRS this year. For details see news article here.
A biennial event and a great opportunity for us to see some of the work of keen local photographers, BHRS is working alongside businesses in Queens Road to hold another Photographic Exhibition and Competition. See your photograph exhibited in a shop window in Queen's Road. For details see news article here.
Local Plan - Latest News
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 was open for public comments until 29th January 2018.
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 had to 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.
In March 2018 EFDC published all submitted comments and a number of technical documents on their website. To view the newly uploaded documents, go to EFDC Local Plan