News from the Epping District Council Cabinet

Politics / Wed 8th Oct 2014 at 04:03pm


North Weald Bassett Masterplan Study, Epping Town Neighbourhood Area Consultation, Survey of the River Roding and more were discussed at cabinet on Monday 6 October.

Local Plan

Another significant step towards the production of the Local Plan took place at Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on Monday 6 October when the North Weald Masterplanning Study was accepted into the evidence base. The Study includes options for housing, transport, employment, aviation and defensible green belt boundaries.

As one of the largest assets in the ownership of the Council, the report represents an important step as landlord as well as planning authority. However, councillors were anxious to make clear that the adoption of the Masterplan does not mean any final decisions have been taken. The Plan only outlines different options for the future of the airfield and surrounding area based on the expertise of technical consultants and consultation with local people.

Following the adoption of the Masterplan, Cabinet went on to agree proposals to find an operational partner to work up an aviation business plan for the airfield. The aim is to secure a sustainable future for aviation with the aid of an existing commercial airfield operator with the expertise to increase income, improve efficiency and help guide future plans. Cabinet agreed to seek the approval of up to £60,000 from Full Council to take its proposals forward.

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Council welcomed the reports and the drive to maximise income from the airfield including potential Park and Ride proposals supported by local residents.

New housebuilding schemes

Housing Portfolio Holder Councillor David Stallan presented reports on progress with the Council’s new housebuilding schemes. Among the decisions approved by Cabinet was the acceleration of the annual Housebuilding programme from 20 to 30 properties per year in phases 3 to 6. Phase 1 is already well under way and Phase 2 proposes a 56 home development at Burton Road.

9 new homes to be built in Waltham Abbey as part of Phase 1 are to be named after the Council’s former District Health and Housing Officer and joint Chief Executive. The flats in Harveyfields will be called John Scott Court.

Councillors supported proposals to accept delegated powers from Essex County Council, allowing Epping Forest District Council to optimise the control of works to ‘ordinary’ watercourses in order to minimise flood risk.

River Roding

Erosion and the condition of bridges across the River Roding will be investigated. Cabinet agreed a budget of £15,000 towards survey costs.

Neighbourhood Plan

Epping is the latest town or parish to seek approval for a designated area to cover a Neighbourhood Plan. It joins a growing list of local councils including, Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers, Chigwell and Theydon Bois, seeking greater involvement in planning through the Neighbourhood Plan process. Applications have also been received from Buckhurst Hill and North Weald Parish Councils.


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