Redevelopment of the former Pyrles Lane Nursery
is a new planning application for redevelopment of the former Pyrles
Lane Nursery site to provide 30 flats and 18 houses, along
the vehicle access point off Pyrles Lane, car parking, open space,
landscaping, and associated infrastructure.
More details are here, including the Design and Access Statement (part
1 and part
2) and other plans.
A consultation is underway until February 13th. You can make your
views known now. The LRA Plans Group (LRAPG) opposes the application
and you can read their comments here.
How to Comment
online here. •
the District Council. Please copy your comments by
email to LRAPG and the Town Councilso
they can take them into account when they comment to the District
to the Director of Planning & Economic Development, Epping
District Council, Civic Offices, 323 High Street, Epping CM16 4BZ
giving the reference EPF/2913/22.
• Putting housing here would mean more people
would be living relatively close to the Epping Forest; their vehicles,
and their visitors’ vehicles, will have an adverse impact on the
Forest’s Special Area. • This site is proposed by Qualis, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of the District Council. Providing only 8%
affordable housing is unacceptable - it should comply with the
Council’s policy (40%). • Four storeys is too high. This site is
surrounded by predominantly two storey houses (there’s a four-storey
block of flats on Pyrles Lane but that doesn’t justify putting a
four-storey building here). • The design of the four-storey building is
cheap and ugly and out of character with the area; it’s contrary to the
Government’s “build beautiful”standards. • There will be a significant loss of trees. • There will be a significant loss of open green space. • There’s no provision for supporting
infrastructure such as Doctors' Surgeries and schools - the additional
housing will add further pressure on local services. • The parking spaces on the northern
end of the development will impact on the amenity of the homes in
Hillyfields because of the extra noise and headlight disturbance from
cars • Rectory Lane is already over congested with
cars backing up from Debden Broadway all the way back to Church Hill at
busy times - this will only get worse when the developments on Borders
Lane are completed. • Earlier on there was a consultation with
local residents on a considerably less dense development on this site –
the resulting statement of community involvement demonstrated
overwhelming opposition to that smaller development. As the application
is significantly different to the previous
scheme a second public consultation should have taken place. • Overall, this is a significant overdevelopment of the site.
Because this land is owned by the District
Council, the application will be considered by a District-wide
committee, where most of the Cllrs will know little about Loughton,
Debden and the local area; please bear this in mind when commenting.
What Happens Next
Like you, LRAPG can only make comments on the proposals, which the
District Council must take into account but not necessarily agree
with. The application will be decided upon by a Council Officer or
by Councillors in a District Council Planning Committee. 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, whatever the personal views of the Cllrs involved.
is an independent panel that comments on all planning and licensing
applications on behalf of Loughton residents and is quite separate
from LRA Cllrs sitting on planning committees.
9 March 2022
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).