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South Epping Strategic Masterplan Framework

Meeting: 28/05/2024 - Cabinet (Item 9)

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(Place Portfolio) To approve the South Epping Masterplan Area (SEMPA) Strategic Masterplan Framework and Design Code commencement of public consultation for the allocation site identified under Policy P1 in the Adopted Local Plan (C-002-2024-25).

 

For information: Parts 1 and 2 of the Strategic Masterplan Framework and Design Code are published separately.

Additional documents:

Decision:

(1)        That the Cabinet approved the South Epping Masterplan Area (SEMPA) Strategic Masterplan Framework and Design Code commencement of public consultation for the allocation site identified under Policy P1 in the Adopted Local Plan;

 

(2)        That the Cabinet noted the public consultation would take place over a minimum of 6 weeks from early June 2024 and would run through July 2024; and

 

(3)        That the Cabinet noted a further update would be provided to share the results of the public consultation, updates to the masterplan framework and design code to reflect consultation and to endorse the masterplan and design code, so that it could be given appropriate weight as a material planning consideration in the determination of future planning applications.

Minutes:

Councillor K Williamson (Shaping our District Portfolio Holder) introduced the report. The development of the South Epping Masterplan Area (SEMPA) Strategic Masterplan Framework (SMF) and Design Code responded to the adopted Epping Forest District Local Plan 2011-2033 and Policy P1 ‘Epping’. The SEMPA formed one of the allocated strategic masterplan sites where the need for an SMF was identified. Following the requirements in policies SP2 and P1, a strategic masterplan and Design Code was being developed for the allocated strategic area. The Consortium that comprised three developers and one promoter wished to consult on, and gain endorsement for both the SMF and Design Code concurrently and this had been agreed through the planning performance agreement. This was an efficient route to develop the documentation and both parts would be combined in a single strategic document.

 

The Finance & Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Councillor H Whitbread, stated she was happy to endorse the recommendations. To make sure this was right for the community, consultation would be very important. A key element was infrastructure especially for healthcare and GP services. Addressing highways issues around the Ivy Chimneys Primary School would be essential and public transport was also vital.

 

The following points were raised by other councillors:

 

·     Infrastructure was important as was consultation, but the delivery of leaflets and newsletters would also be helpful for residents.

·     Concerns about sufficient public consultation, as this would be important to mitigate any issues.

·     Adequate road, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure was essential.

·     The bridge across the Central Line would benefit residents but also ensuring there was better passenger capacity on the railway was needed.

 

The report set out the options considered, if any, and the reasons for the recommendation and the decision.

 

            Decision:

 

(1)        That the Cabinet approved the South Epping Masterplan Area (SEMPA) Strategic Masterplan Framework and Design Code commencement of public consultation for the allocation site identified under Policy P1 in the Adopted Local Plan;

 

(2)        That the Cabinet noted the public consultation would take place over a minimum of 6 weeks from early June 2024 and would run through July 2024; and

 

(3)        That the Cabinet noted a further update would be provided to share the results of the public consultation, updates to the masterplan framework and Design Code to reflect consultation and to endorse the masterplan and Design Code, so that it could be given appropriate weight as a material planning consideration in the determination of future planning applications.