You can find individual cases on
the District Council website
We give an occasional selection here.
MORE on planning &
Planning cases (December 2015)
We report on major
cases here. However, the LRA Plans
Group comments to the Town & District Councils on other
sometimes simply to make sure a particular point is fully considered –
a few recent examples (with the District Council’s decisions):
garage and extension which
we felt left insufficient “amenity space” –
houses which we
felt would be “garden-grabbing”, which is against
Government policy, had insufficient amenity space and parking, would
affect the houses next to it and would endanger an attractive tree –
new children’s nursery –
we asked for a condition to prevent the
parking spaces at the front being used for anything other than
pick-ups, and this was agreed with the applicant.
an existing house & garage with
two maisonettes, which we felt
would be overdevelopment of the site, out of keeping with the
would adversely affect a neighbouring property and a nearby tree, and
mean losing some trees - turned down.
new garage and
other changes, which we objected to because it would
involve building the garage in front of the existing building line - approved.
front railings and
other changes, which we were concerned would remove
an attractive green frontage – turned down for reasons connected with
Forest College (Borders Lane) – future plans
for Lucton’s Field and the Middle Site (December 2015)
a recent meeting,
College representatives were questioned by District Cllrs, including
Ken Angold-Stephens, David Wixley and Leon Girling. More or
watch the webcast.
Grove (December 2015)
Appeal hearing against
refusal of planning consent for a change of use from a dwelling house
to use as
a residential institution as an Approved Premises for the management
supervision of offenders or defendants.
The appeal hearing at the District Council Offices in Epping last
Thursday was attended by the Council Planning Officer (Stephan Solon)
head of Community Safety (Richard Gardiner), the police, LRA Cllrs Ken
Angold-Stephens and Carol Davies, David Linnell (LRA Plans Group) and
concerned residents – but not by the appellant, Mr Sanjay Raj!
Despite there having been emails between the Council and the
appellant the day before, no reason had been given by the appellant for
to appear and it appeared that there was no realistic possibility of
the hearing until he could do so – indeed, it was alleged at the
Mr Raj does not actually exist but is a pseudonym being used by
This left the Planning Inspector in some
difficulty, as the
Inspectorate rules on fairness mean that he couldn’t proceed to discuss
merits of the case. Instead he will consider how to proceed in these
unusual circumstances. He acknowledged the depth of feeling among
and promised to come to a conclusion as soon as possible.
view of the
abortive nature of the meeting and the considerable amount of work
preparing for it, there were applications for costs against Mr Raj from
Council, the Police and a solicitor representing an interested party.
Lane nursery & Council garage sites (December 2015)
The application for housing
on the District Council (EFDC) nursery site is expected to be heard at
meeting of the District Development Management Committee in Epping on
24th. The applications for housing on several EFDC
garage sites may
heard at the local planning committee in Loughton on January 6th or
February 3rd. Residents are concerned about the nursery
most of the garage sites, and LPG has delivered letters to nearby
has put in detailed objections on these.
Chigwell Lane (December 2015)
Conversion of offices to flats. Planning objections has been raised by the LRA Plans Group.
mast on land near junction Westall
Road/Burney Drive (December 2015)
This has been refused.
Nursery Road new house (December 2015)
This has been referred to from the local District Council
committee to District Development Management Committee, and now approved.
Chester Road (December 2015)
An extra house. This has been refused.
House Roding Road - flats on old
caretaker’s house site (December 2015)
This has been deferred.
High Road (December 2015)
Block of flats. This has been refused
Waltham Abbey (December 2015)
A special meeting of the District Council approved an application for 79
dwellings of which 63 would be affordable, a children’s day nursery and
access roundabout. This, amazingly, was approved, against the Planning
Officer’s recommendation and despite his comment that it was against
Green Belt Policy – it sets a very worrying precedent. We understand
Waltham Abbey Residents Association will be writing to the Secretary of
to ask him to call in the application, and the LRA Plans Group will do
|Debden Hall, Debden Lane (December 2015)|
are plans to build a new hall (inspired by the original Debden Hall,
built in Debden Green in 1775 but destroyed by fire in 1929) and to
improve an area of woodland. Local residents, LRA Cllrs and David
Linnell (for the LRA Plans Group) have seen details. We have been
concerned about this site for some years. Building a new hall here
could prevent a more widespread development of the site, but should
anything be allowed on Green Belt?
Hill (December 2015)
Residents have been plagued by traffic problems here for years.
school is now proposing to provide a 34-space car-park and dropping
picking up area, with access from Warren Hill (More on the plan). They also want to
school roll from 243 to 273 pupils. The LRA Plans Group will ask
deliver a letter to nearby residents.
you’re an Oaklands parent we’d
appreciate your comments (and so would the Town & District
please pass the letter on to other
Oakwood Hill telecoms mast (December 2015)
applicant has withdrawn the application to put a mast on the back edge
of the north side pavement, 50m west of the junction with Marlescroft
Langston Road shopping park (October 2015)
Council has bought out its original partner, and is pressing ahead with
tenders for the highways work to make Chigwell Lane into three lanes
[it is looking increasingly unlikely that work will start before
Christmas]. They report that strong interest in the Shopping Park
continues and unsolicited bids are being received from major retailers
despite “anchor” lettings not being completed yet.
Sir Winston Churchill &
Oakwood Hill sites (October 2015)
Work has started on both sites.
Avenue (October 2015)
are very pleased that a Planning Inspector has turned down an appeal
against the refusal by the District Council of an application for 8
flats and an underground car-park on this prominent site.
Loughton Town Council and the LRA Plans Group had argued that the
proposal was wholly out-of-keeping with the surrounding houses and
would have a harmful effect on the character & appearance of
area. The Council had earlier turned down an application for a block of
nine flats on the site.
The terms of the Inspector’s decision
are such as to make us optimistic that any further proposals from the
developer will be far more in keeping with the site’s surroundings. It
also sets a good precedent, whereas had the appeal succeeded this could
have set a very dangerous precedent across the town.
Church Hill (next to the ESSO garage) (October 2015)
have heard from the Co-op that, because of the approval on appeal of
the Sainsbury’s Local development on the old car-park on the other side
of the garage, they won’t be proceeding with a Co-op store but will be
putting the site on the market.
We expect that in due
course we will have an application for block of flats here.
Converting office premises to
residential use (October 2015)
government will extend the temporary permitted development rights for
conversions, introduced in 2013 (subject to local authority prior
approval of a limited range of matters) beyond their current expiry
date of 30 May 2016. [Yet another weakening of local influence on
|LUXE - the end of the disturbances? (October
nearly ten years, local residents have suffered from noise, damage and
violent disturbances from customers coming out of LuXe in the small
hours. When the District Council spotted that LuXe doesn’t have
planning permission to operate as a “night-club”, LuXe claimed that
they were only a “late-night bar”. The LRA Plans Group and local
residents supported the Council’s view.
the Council took enforcement action against LuXe, which then appealed.
LRA Cllr Ken Angold-Stephens and LRA Plans Group Chairman David Linnell
were at the hearing, plus local residents and a couple of other local
Cllrs. Ken & David argued strongly in favour of a common-sense
of what makes a “night-club”.
The Inspector turned down the appeal,
accepting the views of the Council & LRA, and comprehensibly
refuting LuXe’s arguments.
Council will give LuXe time to react and can then close them down if
they don’t stop operating as a night-club – we wait to see what LuXe
will do next!
Church Hill service station
The new owners applied to the District
Council to amend their licence to an all-night licence for
alcohol sales and hot drinks. A group of residents objected, as did the
police, LRA Plans Group and Loughton Town Council (LTC). Just before
the hearing the police withdrew their objection. We attended the
hearing - without the police objection we were in a catch-22 situation,
as for the sub-committee to turn down the application they would need
actual evidence of disturbances and problems, but such evidence cannot
exist before the amendment is granted and sales start. We are grateful
to the residents who came along to a frustrating morning’s hearing; LTC
were also represented.
We will be asking
nearby residents to report any problems to the Council and (where
appropriate) to the police. Little or no action may be taken at the
time, but this will build up a dossier and if there is a significant
volume of problems then the licence can be reviewed.
Local paper report
development (September 2015)
LRA and other Cllrs were extremely concerned by the way in which the
District Council has ridden rough-shod over the interests of local
residents on a controversial plan to build 51 council houses and flats
on Burton Road, which runs parallel to The Broadway. So they insisted
the final decision should go to a special meeting of the Full Council.
Nobody objected to a much-needed housing development, but local
councillors and residents argued what was proposed was just too
intensive and would overshadow properties in Torrington Drive. The
development was approved, but none of the Cllrs representing Loughton
spoke for the proposal, or voted in favour (non-LRA Cllrs split largely
on party lines).
Sir Winston Churchill site (September
LRA Cllr Chris Pond’s request for a more
suitable set of hoardings seems to have borne fruit.
Former tennis courts, corner Alderton Hill
& Roding Road (September 2015)
The District Council have approved McCarthy
& Stone’s planning application for 38 retirement apartments.
More (page 46)