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District Council challenged on Lucton’s Field covenants
LRA Cllr Chris Pond and Independent Cllr Stephen Murray challenged the District Council’s proposal to effectively remove the covenants on land in Lucton’s Field (Borders Lane) owned by New City College (which was Epping Forest College) at a recent District Council meeting.
The original covenants limited use of the land to education or health purposes and were amended a few years ago, despite objections from LRA Cllrs. The report to the Cabinet said that "Removal of the covenants benefits the district by allowing the college to develop the Wellness Centre while also assisting the developer in unlocking further housing provision in the district in accordance with the Local Plan." At the meeting, Cabinet member Cllr John Philip commented that Essex County Council had said (some time ago) that it did not want to put a primary school on the land which was subject to the covenant.LRA comment
Make your views known on the proposed development of 285 flats on Lucton's Field, opposite Epping Forest College
Have you commented?
As we reported earlier this year, a major development is proposed for Lucton's Field, across the road from Epping Forest College on Borders Lane (aerial view). There are 285 flats proposed in 3-5 storey buildings. This is a virgin green site, has never been ploughed or built on, hasn't been mown until recently, and is valuable for biodiversity and as a green lung.
LRA Plans Group has raised concerns around parking and transport congestion, the development being out of character with the area, and impacts on local health and education provision.
To date, only 175 objections have been made. Objections are needed from 300-400 households in order to show the District Council planning committee of 15 Cllrs how local residents feel about the proposal. 12 of them represent other towns and this is the committee which granted permission for Landmark House on the corner of Chigwell Lane and The Broadway.
If you raised an objection to the Middle Site proposal and feel as strongly about Lucton's Field, you need to send a separate objection in - they are different developments. The Middle Site proposal had 485 objections made. This is a strong response. If not, you may like to look at this proposal too.
To object, you just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your views expressed in 5-6 bullet points using your own words. Use an email subject of "EPF/0379/20: Objection", include your name(s) and address, and send only one email per household. Please also copy your comments to us at email@example.com
11 April 2020
You can read our full objection to the Lucton's Field proposal here.
13 March 2020
Fairview Homes have now applied for planning permission for development on Lucton's Field, across the road from Epping Forest College on Borders Lane (map). This is one of the last large green spaces in our town and would be a significant housing development including:
Now is the time to comment. Objections are needed from 300-400 households in order to influence the District Council planning committee of 15 Cllrs. 12 of them represent other towns and this is the committee which granted permission for Landmark House.
To object, you just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org preferably by Friday March 20th with your views expressed in 5-6 bullet points using your own words. Use an email subject of "EPF/0379/20: Objection", include your name(s) and address, and send only one email per household.
Please also copy your comments to us at email@example.com
The LRA Plans Group is inclined to oppose this scheme (see the concerns we have below), but would like to hear your views.
Your comments can make a difference. Don't forget, Jessel Green was saved last year after a huge effort from the community.
Although the Council’s adopted plan in 1998 zoned this land as urban open space, the latest draft Local Plan identifies it for development. However, we consider the current proposals are an over-development of the site; 285 homes would be over a third more than proposed in the Local Plan.
In particular, we are also inclined to oppose this scheme for the following reasons but would like to hear your views:
Although the plans state that the sports centre and gym will be open to the public, there are no guarantees of this, or of whether charges for access will be reasonable.
These are our initial views. Do you agree or do you have alternative comments to make? Please let us know, before March 13th if possible.
What Happens Next
Like you, we can only make comments on the proposals, which the Council must take into account but not necessarily agree with. The application will be decided upon by a District Council Planning Committee, which will consist of Councillors from across the District, advised by Officers; one objector will be able to speak at the meeting. This is a quasi-legal process, and decisions have to be taken on planning grounds only. For example, loss of private views and to the value of your home are not planning grounds.
Source: Fairview Homes planning application