Local Plan Submitted


Submission of the +

followed the end of a legal challenge by property developer CK Properties (Theydon Bois) Ltd after its application for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal was refused. CK Properties had already lost its case following a High Court hearing.

Although the Council was successful on all four grounds in the judgment given by Mr Justice Supperstone on 29 June 2018, an injunction continued to prevent the Council from submitting the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for examination until the conclusion of the legal proceedings – this included the subsequent applications for leave to appeal made by the claimants.


Councillor John Philip reminded fellow councillors of the key aims of the Plan which includes the delivery of 11,400 new homes over the plan period up to 2033.

Councillor Philip expects modifications to the Plan following its Independent Examination.


Planning applications for development are considered within the context of policies and regulations. Overall, councillors must have due regard to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which has a presumption in favour of granting planning applications unless there is good reason to do otherwise.

Councils can supplement this national guidance with a set of local policies tailored to the unique local circumstances of each town, district and borough. These policies are enshrined within a Local Plan.

The production of Local Plans must take account of national as well as local priorities for such things as the provision of new housing, employment, health care and leisure for a growing and changing population. Local Plans must show how infrastructure including roads, public transport and utilities including gas, water and electricity are to be provided.

Before a Local Plan can be adopted and used as a basis for making decisions on planning applications, it must be scrutinised and approved by an independently appointed planning inspector working on behalf of the Government. The Inspector will be looking to ensure the Plan is legally sound and meets all the requirements for national and local policies in a fair and consistent way.

Once adopted, the Local Plan becomes one of the most important means by which councillors can regulate and ensure appropriate development.

The Planning Inspectorate will schedule the Independent Examination of Epping Forest District Council’s Plan among ongoing examinations of other councils’ local plans. Once submitted, councils may have to wait several months before an examination takes place.

More information can be found at


Latest Scam Updates


Please be careful, there are so many scams and fraudsters targetting local people.


Water company - one scamI involves somebody turning up at a property and stating they are from the water board and need to check taps, pipes etc.  When inside the property thefts have occurred.  So please be careful, if you are unsure do not let anybody into your property.  You can always ask for ID and can ring the company concerned to check.  Usually visits such as these are preceded by a letter or telephone call.


Police - another scam involves a call from the police and a story is told and payment card details are requested for various reasons.  Sometimes they say that if the person they have telephoned is unsure they should ring 999 or another number to check their credentials and on doing this immediately after the call has ended, it appears they are who they say they are.  However the truth is that they have stayed on the line, the call was not in fact ended properly and the verification is part of the scam.  Thousands and thousands of pounds have been stolen from local people.


If you are unsure NEVER give any details out.  Ask someone else to check the details out, ask a friend or family for advice.



If you did attend the Extreme Torque Show why not remind yourself of the amazing stunts you saw or if you missed out you can check out some of the stunts on show,  by viewing my gallery of photographs taken at the Extreme Torque Show held at North Weald Airfield on the Sunday 4th and Monday 5th May 2014.

Tour De France is coming to North Weald and Epping.


As many people will know the 'Tour de France' is coming to Essex and the route will go through North Weald and Epping.


In 2014 the Tour de France returns to the UK for 3 stages.  The Yorkshire Grand Depart comprises two stages - Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield. The Tour moves south for a third stage which begins in Cambridge, before entering 4 districts of Essex (Uttlesford, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest). Stage 3 finishes in London. 


The dates and details of these three stages are as follows:-


  • Saturday 5th July - Stage One: Leeds - Harrogate 190km (118 miles)
  • Saturday 6th July - Stage Two: York - Sheffield: 200km (125 miles)
  • Sunday 6th July - Stage Three: Cambridge - Essex - London 159km (106 miles)


The scale of the event is huge with 200 riders, 2000 vehicles and upto 5000 officials and press staff.  The event organisers will work with all agencies to ensure the minimum road closure timeframe is in place but it is anticipated the closures will be in place for up to 8 hours.    Special dispensation will of course be given to emergency services.

The route of stage 3 of the Tour de France 2014 can be found at The route will be closed as follows:

  • The route in Uttlesford and Braintree will close at 7.30am
  • The route in Chelmsford and Epping Forest will close at 8.00am
  • Target reopening times are 4.00pm for Uttlesford and Braintree and 5.00pm for Chelmsford and Epping Forest.

The roads will be reopened after the race as soon as we possibly can.


ECC State:  Roads which lead directly to the route will be ‘access only’ from the junction closest to the route. A small amount of these roads may be closed. We shall update this site with further information as soon as we have it.


For further information please go to where you will be able to see more information and also a range of Frequently Asked Questions around the event. You will also find a route map showing which roads are to be closed on the day.


The Visit Essex site also contains a wealth of information to help your understanding and enjoyment of the event on the day.


I know that local businesses, organisations and groups are putting together ideas for the big day and I will keep you posted of any plans.


George Mulliner, local Parish Councillor who is part of the planning committee and he will keep us posted of developments.



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