News Higgins Office and Hotel Development
17 December 2021
Plans Group (LRAPG) have received several comments over the proposal to
build new offices and a 100 bedroom Travelodge hotel on Langston Road.
Many residents question the need for a hotel but most concerns are in
connection with the horrendous traffic problems at this junction which
have got significantly worse since the retail park opened. One of the
solutions put forward by our members is to install a roundabout. This
was considered and approved back in 1996 but never implemented. It is
noticed the loss of the mini roundabout on the junction of The Broadway
and Chigwell Lane has made traffic in that area worse. A new roundabout
with part-time traffic lights during peak times would help the current
situation at Langston Road but the additional cars from the development
will damage the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation.
19 November 2021 A big development planned for Chigwell Lane
Group are putting up a proposal for new offices and a new hotel at 1,
Langston Road, next to their existing offices. Earlier this year they
got planning permission to convert their existing HQ into 57 new homes
– bizarrely, one of the Government’s tweaks to the planning laws let
this go through without local Cllrs being able to object, despite the
adverse effect the extra residents and their vehicles will inevitably
have on the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation.
are now bringing forward proposals to redevelop their car park for a
new HQ, as well as a new a 100-bed hotel to be operated by Travelodge.
You can see their brochure here. It gives details of a public event at their offices on 1st December, where you can see the plans and give your feedback. There will also be details online
from November 30th, and an opportunity to give your views online. Those
not online can ask Higgins to send them the documents by post. Note
that this is not yet a planning application – in due course the
proposals will have to go through the full District Council planning
process, including a public consultation.