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Local Plan - Latest News
Epping Forest District Council have been forced to re-open the Public Consultation on the Submission version of the Local Plan following a legal challenge.
On 20th March the Court granted CK Properties Theydon Bois Limited (“CK Properties”) permission to apply for judicial review of the Council’s decision on 14 December 2017 to approve the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version 2017 (“LPSV”) for publication and submission to the Secretary of State for independent examination.
CK Properties complains that its land to the east of Theydon Bois was not allocated for residential development in the LPSV and contends that it has been prejudiced by the unavailability of Appendix B to the Site Selection Report (Arup December 2017), during the Regulation 19 publication period.
The Court ordered that the Council be restrained from submitting the LPSV for independent examination until the final determination of the judicial review claim, or further order. The Hearing is listed for 23 and 24 May 2018.
Tuesday 10th April
THE HISTORY OF IRONS' - Speaker: Brian Hilton
Tracing the very surprising and interesting development of Irons through the ages, and the differences which occur as a consequence of differing climates - ironing will never be the same again!
Please note change of topic.
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.
18 Russell Road
Despite a previous planning application being refused by a Planning Inspector, the applicant has now submitted an amended application. The Residents' Society has once again submitted a robust objection to EFDC, in support of local neighbours. Details of the application can be found here.
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.