Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning was introduced by the Localism Act in 2011, and provides a way for Town/Parish Councils or Neighbourhood Fora to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.  In Epping Forest District, Neighbourhood Plans may be prepared by Town/Parish Councils, and there are currently nine designated areas (see map below).

Epping Forest District Council is required to provide support to Town/Parish Councils in their preparation of Neighbourhood Plans.  A note has been prepared which sets out the support that is available for EFDC and other organisations:

 

Neighbourhood Plan map 2017

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan

Current status

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council is currently preparing their draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Approval of the area application

Following the close of the 6 week consultation period, Epping Forest District Council considered all the comments received and prepared a report and recommendation to take to the Director of Neighbourhoods for a delegated decision, which recommended approval of the Neighbourhood Plan Area Application. To comply with Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Epping Forest District Council is publicising the following details

  • The name of the Neighbourhood area: Buckhurst Hill Neighbourhood Area
  • The name of the relevant body who applied for the designation: Buckhurst Hill Parish Council
  • A map of the designated area can be viewed above

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan application

The application and a letter explaining why Buckhurst Hill Parish Council intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(3), (4), (7) and 61H(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed above.

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application.  The Consultation ran for a 6 week period, commencing from Monday 22 September to 31 October 2014.

This was not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, only the identification of the area for which the parish or town council wished to prepare a neighbourhood development plan.

 

Chigwell Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan

Current status

Chigwell Parish Council published their Draft Neighbourhood Plan for consultation between 10 October and 21 November 2016.  

Approval of the area application

Following the close of the 8 week consultation period, Epping Forest District Council considered all the comments received and prepared a report and recommendation to take to Cabinet on the 3 March 2014, where the Neighbourhood Plan Area Application has now been approved as a Neighbourhood Plan Area.

To comply with Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Epping Forest District Council is publicising the following details

  • The name of the Neighbourhood area: Chigwell Neighbourhood Area
  • The name of the relevant body who applied for the designation: Chigwell Parish Council
  • A map of the designated area can be viewed above
  • The 3 March 2014 Cabinet Report

Chigwell Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan application

The application and a letter explaining why Chigwell Parish Council intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(3), (4), (7) and 61H(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed above.

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application. The Consultation ran for an 8 week period, in order to allow for the Christmas period, commencing from Monday 16 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.

This was not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, only the identification of the area for which the parish or town council wished to prepare a neighbourhood development plan.

 

Epping Town Council Neighbourhood Plan

Current status

Epping Town Council is currently preparing their draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Approval of the area application

Following the close of the 6 week consultation period, Epping Forest District Council considered all the comments received and prepared a report and recommendation to take to Cabinet on the 6 October 2014, where the Neighbourhood Plan Area Application has now been approved as a Neighbourhood Plan Area.

To comply with Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Epping Forest District Council is publicising the following details

  • The name of the Neighbourhood area: Epping Town Neighbourhood Area 
  • The name of the relevant body who applied for the designation: Epping Town Council 
  • A map of the designated area can be viewed above
  • The 6 October 2014 Cabinet Report

Epping Town Council Neighbourhood Plan application

 

The application and a letter explaining why Epping Town Council  intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(3), (4), (7) and 61H(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed above.

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application. The Consultation ran for a 6 week period, commencing from Monday 11 August to 19 September 2014.

This was not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, only the identification of the area for which the parish or town council wished to prepare a neighbourhood development plan.

 

Epping Upland Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan

Current status

Epping Upland Parish Council is currently preparing their draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Approval of the area application

Following the close of the 4 week consultation period, Epping Forest District Council considered all the comments received and prepared a report and recommendation to take to Cabinet on the 8 of  October 2015, where the Neighbourhood Plan Area Application has now been approved as a Neighbourhood Plan Area with the exception of an area in the North which follows the Parish boundary with Nazeing Parish, Roydon Parish, the Parish / District boundary with Harlow District and then the public right of way running through Epping Long Green.

To comply with Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Epping Forest District Council is publicising the following details:-

• The name of the Neighbourhood area: Epping Upland Neighbourhood Area
• The name of the relevant body who applied for the designation: Epping Upland Parish Council
• A map of the designated area can be viewed below
• The 8 October Cabinet Report

Epping Upland Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan application

The application and a letter explaining why Epping Upland Parish Council  intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(3), (4), (7) and 61H(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed above.

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application. The Consultation ran for a 4 week period, commencing from Monday 17 August to 14 September 2015.

This was not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, but merely the identification of the area for which the parish or town council wished to prepare a neighbourhood development plan.

 

Loughton Town Council Neighbourhood Plan

Current status

Loughton Town Council is currently preparing their draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Approval of the area application

Following the close of the 7 week consultation period, Epping Forest District Council considered all the comments received and prepared a report and recommendation to take to the Director of Neighbourhoods for a delegated decision, which recommended approval of the Neighbourhood Plan Area Application. To comply with Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Epping Forest District Council is publicising the following details

• The name of the Neighbourhood area: Loughton Neighbourhood Area
• The name of the relevant body who applied for the designation: Loughton Town Council
• A map of the designated area can be viewed above
• The 1 June 2015 delegated decision report

Loughton Neighbourhood Plan application

The application and a letter explaining why Loughton Town Council intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(3), (4), (7) and 61H(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed above.

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application.  The Consultation ran for a 7 week period, commencing from Monday 9 February 2015 to 27 March 2015.

Regulation 6, mentioned above, required that LPAs consult for no less than 6 weeks, however due to technical difficulties the consultation on the Loughton Neighbourhood Area was extended for an additional week.

This was not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, but merely the identification of the area for which the parish or town council wished to prepare a neighbourhood development plan.

 

Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan

Current status

Following submission, the Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Parish Council draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been considered by an independent examiner who provided his report on 18 May 2016.  The Examiner made a number of recommendations proposing amendments to the Plan, two of which he concluded raised fundamental policy issues that he considered must be resolved by the Parish Council and for which it was therefore not possible for him to recommend modifications.  A copy of the Examiners report is attached.

The Examiner’s report was considered at the EFDC Cabinet meeting held on 21 July 2016 where the Council agreed with the Examiner that the Neighbourhood Plan proposal should be refused and therefore not proceed to the referendum stage. A copy of the Council’s Decision Statement issued following the Cabinet meeting is attached.

Publication of the Neighbourhood Plan proposal

In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application.  The Consultation ran for a 6 week period, commencing from Friday 12 February 2016 to Tuesday 29 March 2016.  A copy of the Moreton, Bobbingworth and The Lavers Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents as required under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), can be viewed using the link below.

  


Screening opinion

Neighbourhood Plans need to be prepared in accordance with relevant legislation. Current legislation requires all Neighbourhood Plans to be ‘screened’ for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA, which assesses likely impacts on environment, the economy and society) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA, which assesses likely impacts on protected habitats) i.e. tested to see whether a full assessment is necessary in each case. A Screening Toolkit is used to determine this.

It has been determined that Moreton Bobbingworth & the Lavers Neighbourhood Plan does not need a Strategic Environmental Assessment to be prepared. Details on the screening and what it involves can be found using the links below. 

Natural England has also confirmed that a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) is not required.

Peer review

Following the close of the consultation period and after MBL Parish Council had considered comments received, the Parish Council requested an independent health check of their draft Neighbourhood Plan to assess its robustness

Pre-submission consultation on the draft MBL NDP

In accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, MBL Parish Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on their pre-submission draft Neighbourhood Plan. The Consultation ran from 14 January to 24 March 2014. View the draft neighbourhood plan - Our Neighbourhood Plan to shape the future of our parish

Approval of the area application 

Following the close of the 6 week consultation period, Epping Forest District Council considered all the comments received and prepared a report and recommendation to take to Cabinet on the 29 July 2013, where the Neighbourhood Plan area application has now been approved as a Neighbourhood Plan area. 

To comply with Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Epping Forest District Council is publicising the following details

  • The name of the Neighbourhood area: Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Neighbourhood Area
  • The name of the relevant body who applied for the designation: Moreton, Bobbingworth and the Lavers Parish Council
  • A map of the designated area can be viewed above
  • The 29 July 2013 Cabinet Report

 

North Weald Bassett Neighbourhood Plan Application

Current status

North Weald Bassett is currently preparing their draft Neighbourhood Plan.

North Weald Bassett Neighbourhood Plan Application

North Weald Bassett Parish Council first submitted an application for a Neighbourhood Area in September 2014.  In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application between 22 September and 31 October 2014.

The application and a letter explaining why North Weald Bassett Parish Council intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(3), (4), (7) and 61H(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed below:

On 9 March 2015, EFDC Cabinet agreed that an amended area should be designated for Neighbourhood Planning purposes.  The Cabinet report can be viewed here:

http://rds.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=295&MId=7829 

http://rds.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/documents/s61258/C-075%20NWB%20Neighbourhood%20Designation%20App%20I.pdf 

In January 2017, following amendment to the relevant regulations, North Weald Bassett Parish Council made a further application for the Neighbourhood Plan Area to be adjusted.

On 23 January 2017, the Planning Policy Portfolio Holder determined that the whole of the Parish of North Weald Bassett should be designated for Neighbourhood Planning purposes.

 

Theydon Bois Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan

Current status

Theydon Bois Parish Council is currently preparing their draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Approval of the area application

Following the close of the 6 week consultation period, Epping Forest District Council considered all the comments received and prepared a report and recommendation to take to Cabinet on the 21 July 2014, where the Neighbourhood Plan area application has now been approved as a Neighbourhood Plan area.

To comply with Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Epping Forest District Council is publicising the following details

  • The name of the Neighbourhood area: Theydon Bois Neighbourhood Area
  • The Name of the relevant body who applied for the designation: Theydon Bois Parish Council
  • A map of the designated area can be viewed above
  • The 21 July 2014 Cabinet Report

Theydon Bois Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan application 

The application and a letter explaining why Theydon Bois Parish Council  intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(3), (4), (7) and 61H(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed above.

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application. The Consultation ran for a 6 week period, commencing from Monday 27 May to 8 July 2014.

This was not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, only identification of the area for which the parish or town council wished to prepare a neighbourhood development plan.

 

Waltham Abbey Town Council Neighbourhood Plan 

Current status

Waltham Abbey Town Council is currently preparing their draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Approval of the area application

Following the close of the 4 week consultation period, Epping Forest District Council considered all the comments received and prepared a report and recommendation to take to the Director of Neighbourhoods for a delegated decision, which recommended approval of the Neighbourhood Plan Area Application.

To comply with Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Epping Forest District Council is publicising the following details

   •  The name of the Neighbourhood area: Waltham Abbey Town Council Neighbourhood Area
   •  The name of the relevant body who applied for the designation: Waltham Abbey Town Council
   •  A map of the designated area can be viewed above

Waltham Abbey Town Council Neighbourhood Plan application

The application and a letter explaining why Waltham Abbey Town Council intends to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, and how the organisation and area meet the conditions of Section 61G(3), (4), (7) and 61H(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 can be viewed above.

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Epping Forest District Council consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on this application. The Consultation ran for a 4 week period, commencing from Tuesday 12 January to Monday 8 February 2016.

This was not a consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan itself, only identification of the area for which the parish or town council wished to prepare a neighbourhood development plan.


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