Plans Group (LRAPG) has been concerned about the District Council’s
plans to develop this Council-owned site for housing, as the entrance
is narrow and on a bend. It is also close to the Epping Forest Special
Area of Conservation (EFSAC), and extra housing here will increase the
pressure on the EFSAC. In 2015 the site was granted outline planning
permission for a development of 36 flats and houses (this has expired,
so another planning application would be needed and the usual
opportunity to comment would be available).
The Council has
failed to find a commercial developer prepared to buy the site, and so
has decided to sell it to Qualis at an arms-length valuation (Qualis is
a group of companies set up as subsidiaries to the Council in order to
develop, own and maintain properties).
Qualis is now holding a public consultation where you can give your views until March 23rd. More.
There is also a public exhibition of the latest proposals on Tuesday
March 15th (9.30am to 7.30pm) in the former Town Council chamber, 1
Buckingham Court, Rectory Lane (near the Church Hill junction).