Housing plans on Harlow’s border set to be heard
Politics / Tue 4th Dec 2018 pm31 02:14pm
PLANNING Inspector Louise Phillips MA MSc MRTPI has been appointed to carry out the independent examination of Epping Forest District Councils’s (EFDC) Local Plan. The hearings are due to start on 12 February 2019.
The Inspector will be holding the hearings at The Civic Offices in Epping on the following dates:
12 February for 3 days
26 February for 2 days
21 March for 3 days
27 March for 2 days
16 May for 3 days
23 May for 2 days.
A spokesperson for the Harlow Alliance Party said: “The Harlow Alliance Party (HAP) was the only political party in Harlow who raised objections to this plan, which if given the go ahead as planned will see thousands of homes built on the boundaries of Harlow.
“Nearly 1000 comments were made about the plan and it is expected that like HAP many individuals and organisations will want to speak to the Inspector about their concerns”.
I was very interested to see that the Conservative candidate in the Toddbrook election next week claims in a letter sent to all residents in the ward that a vote for him will protect Harlow from Labours plans to put thousands of homes on Harlow's southern borders. He should check the facts of the matter before making such claims.The fact is it won't and neither will voting for Labour. The truth is, it his CONSERVATIVE government who are setting house building targets for every Local Authority, with threats to increase these targets by over 50% if Council's fail to produce a Local Plan EFDC is dominated by CONSERVATIVE Councillors, who signed off the Plan. His party in Harlow did not make any formal objection to the EFDC Plan when they could have done last January. Similar claims were made by both Labour and Conservatives candidates in The Sumners and Kingsmoor Ward last May, it begs the question of who does with the council chamber in Harlow support these proposals? With regard to Labour it was their former Leader at Harlow Council who signed a memorandum of agreement with EFDC in 2017 which in effect said that it agreed to the house building plans on Harlow's borders. HAP are the only party who have stayed true to their word and will be the only party able to argue the case against these house building proposals early next year. We believe that both Council's failed to adequately consult with residents in Harlow about these plans and that the house numbers required within the plan are based on outdated assumptions and statistics.
Nobody will give a damn untill the so called busway is built then they will all be up in arms but it will be too late then.
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