Concerns for Hastingwood over Latton Priory and Harlow Gateway plans

Politics / Thu 19th Mar 2015 at 12:26pm

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council is contacting more than 150 Hastingwood villagers amid concerns that two significant parts of the parish could be open for development after being omitted from the parish’s Neighbourhood Plan area.

The parish council has decided to create a Neighbourhood Plan, which allows ‘communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work’ and ‘choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built’.

However Epping Forest District Council has told the parish council that, against the wishes of the parish council, part of the North Weald parish should not be included in the area covered by the Neighbourhood Plan as it remains “a strategic site for possible development”.

The district council has said it would be premature to include such sites – Latton Priory and the Harlow gateway site off the A414 London Road – in a Neighbourhood Plan while it (the district council) is under a duty to co-operate with its neighbouring authority (Harlow District Council).

North Weald Parish Council Chairman, Councillor Cyril Hawkins said: “In practice, what this means is that as Harlow Council has expressed an interest in expanding (however they are unsure yet in what direction), Epping Forest District Council want to ensure the sites at Latton Priory and Harlow Gateway remain an option for potential development.”

The parish council is writing to some 60 households which, it says, would be affected (with their properties excluded from the North Weald Bassett Neighbourhood Plan).

They are asking whether they believe the Neighbourhood Plan Area should consist of the whole parish of North Weald Bassett and whether it is wrong that the district council has excluded the two areas from the parish council’s Neighbourhood Plan.

Comments can be made in writing and the council is also willing to meet villagers at the parish council offices, at North Weald Library, High Road, between 9.15am and 1.15pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Councillor Hawkins added: “We feel it is important that residents are made aware of the situation and are given the opportunity to have their say as to whether they want to be part of the Neighbourhood Plan as North Weald Bassett Parish Council wish or excluded from it by Epping Forest District Council.”

The matter will be discussed by Epping Forest District Council’s cabinet at its next meeting on April 13.

The deadline for comments to the parish council is Tuesday, March 31.

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1 Comment for Concerns for Hastingwood over Latton Priory and Harlow Gateway plans:

tony durcan
2015-03-19 15:46:34

Can I please confirm that HDC have never indicated that Latton priory or anywhere South of Harlow is a key place for development. HDC have a collective political view that the best option for growth is NORTH of Harlow. This view hasn't changed We are co operating with all local councils including Epping forest,who we have a constructive relationship with.

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