NewNew Local Plan Process


We have reached the next stage in the Local Plan, which will guide the future growth of the district to 2033.

The Planning Our Future website will be a one stop shop for you to find all the information about the Local Plan and what it means for Epping Forest district, as well as a quick and easy way for you to provide us with your feedback on the draft Local Plan when it is published.

Planning our future - Epping Forest district Local Plan

About the Local Plan

The Planning Policy team is working to produce a new Local Plan. The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that was introduced by Government in March 2012 requires Councils to make rapid progress on writing a new plan.

The new Local Plan will set out the plans and policies that will guide development in Epping Forest district for the next 20 years, replacing the current local plan. The document will seek the appropriate balance between protecting green spaces, new homes, businesses, shops and leisure and will include:
• A vision for how the district will develop
• A plan setting out appropriate locations for development
• Policies to manage housing, employment, green space, community facilities, etc

LookThese are the stages in producing a new Local Plan:


 

Community Visioning Consultation

Finding out what your priorities are for the future of the District

 

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Evidence Gathering

The new Local Plan must be based upon robust and up-to-date evidence to be found ‘sound’ at Examination in Public (EiP). The evidence base includes a number of studies that may be found online and public consultation responses.

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Issues and Options Consultation Document

This will include

(i) what the Council thinks are the main issues facing the district over the next 20 years, based on the research outlined above, and
(ii) a range of potential options to address the issues.

The point of this round of consultation is to establish whether
(a) all the key issues have been identified, and
(b) there are other better options available. This is a full public consultation.

A letter will be written to Town and Parish councils, residents’ groups, amenity societies and other interested parties will also be encouraged to become involved and respond. A leaflet will also be distributed to every property and local business in the district explaining where to find more information about the consultation as well as dates and times for the drop in sessions.

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Preferred Options/Draft Plan Consultation Document

Following analysis of the responses to the Issues and Options Consultation, this document will focus in on what are considered to be the most appropriate options to deal with the identified issues. It will also include draft policies intended to deal with future applications for development. The consultation process will be identical to that for the Issues and Options, and will seek views on the preferred options and the draft policies.


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Submission and Examination in Public

The Council will revise the Draft Plan following the Preferred Options / Draft Plan Consultation. There will then be a final stage of consultation where comments may be submitted, but are generally restricted to representations on the procedures we have followed. The completed document will then be submitted to the Planning Inspector for Examination in Public. The Inspector will consider the evidence, procedures followed and comments made to ensure the Plan is sound.

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Local Plan Adoption

Subject to any Alterations required by the Inspector, the Local Plan will be adopted

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NeighbourhoodNeighbourhood planning


The idea of Neighbourhood Plans were introduced in the Localism Bill in November 2011. It essentially means that Town and Parish Councils can produce a plan that outlines policies for development and the use of land in a neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood Plans need to be based on evidence, and agree with the Local Plan, so your input now will help both the Local Plan and any Neighbourhood Plans prepared for Parishes within the District. The District Council will probably be required to publicise proposed Neighbourhood Plans, offer advice during the voting period and provide information and materials e.g. maps. Financial support is not included at this stage. Town and Parish Councils are encouraged to contact Rural Community Council Essex (RCCE) for assistance with progressing a Neighbourhood Plan.

 

 


Phone Contact us....


Telephone: 01992 564517
Email: ldfconsult@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Or you can write to us, or visit our reception desk (open Monday-Friday 9am-1pm) at:
Forward Planning, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street,  Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ

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