Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary Meeting - Local Plan, Council - Tuesday, 18th October, 2016 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping

Contact: Council Secretary: Simon Hill  Tel: 01992 564249 Email:


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Webcasting Introduction

1.         This meeting is to be webcast. Members are reminded of the need to activate their microphones before speaking.


2.         The Assistant Director of Governance and Performance Management will read the following announcement:


“I would like to remind everyone present that this meeting will be broadcast live to the internet (or filmed) and will be capable of repeated viewing (or another use by such third parties).


If you are seated in the lower public seating area it is likely that the recording cameras will capture your image and this will result in the possibility that your image will become part of the broadcast.


This may infringe your human and data protection rights and if you wish to avoid this you should move to the upper public gallery.”

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The Assistant Director of Governance and Performance Management reminded everyone present that the meeting would be broadcast live to the Internet, and that the Council had adopted a protocol for the webcasting of its meetings.


Declarations of Interest

(Chief Executive) To declare interests in any item on the agenda.

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(a)        Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct, Councillor R Gadsby having sought advice of the Monitoring Officer declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in item 4, Draft Epping Forest District Local Plan for Consultation in relation to SRO417 (land east of Church Lane/west of Harrison Drive, North Weald) by virtue of a 25% equity share within a third party trust which she had fully declared in her  register of interests and in relation to that site, would not participate, vote or remain. However, she had no interest in relation to any sites identified – either within North Weald Bassett or anywhere else in the Draft Local Plan and intended to fully participate in the interests of both her local constituents and the District as a whole.



(a)        Apologies for Absence


(b)       Chairman’s Announcements

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The Chairman advised that Councillor T Boyce was in hospital and the Council would send all their best wishes.


Draft Epping Forest District Local Plan for Consultation pdf icon PDF 132 KB

(Planning Policy Portfolio Holder) To consider the attached report regarding the draft consultation of the Epping Forest District Local Plan.


The report will be considered at Cabinet on 6 October 2016 and if any amendments are made a supplementary agenda will be issued.


Please note that a paper copy of the draft consultation has been distributed to all Members within the Cabinet Agenda for 6 October 2016. Could Members ensure that they have this copy with them.

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Mover: Councillor J Philip, Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy


Councillor J Philip submitted a report endorsing the Draft Local Plan and non technical summary of the Sustainability Appraisal for the proposed consultation, which would commence for a six-week statutory period. He advised that the Draft Local Plan contained the Council’s vision and preferred approach for development in the District over the next 17 years and included draft policies to be used in determining planning proposals. Consideration had been given to reasonable alternatives as required by legislation. The Portfolio Holder drew attention to Appendix 2 of the report which contained the Non-Technical Summary of the Interim Sustainability Appraisal.


Amendment moved by Councillor C C Pond and Seconded by Councillor D Wixley


“subject to the removal from chapter 5 of any site which is public urban open space”


Councillors H Kauffman, S Murray, C C Pond, C P Pond and D Wixley requested a recorded vote.


There voted for the recommendation: (16) namely: Councillors R Baldwin, A Beales, R Brookes, L Girling, S Heap, B Jennings, J Jennings, H Kauffman, L Mead, S Murray, S Neville, C C Pond, C P Pond, C Roberts, D Roberts and D Wixley.


There voted against the recommendation: (30) namely: N Avey, R Bassett, H Brady,  G Chambers, K Chana, D Dorrell, R Gadsby, A Grigg, L Hughes, H Kane, S Kane, P Keska, Y Knight, J Lea, A Lion, M McEwen, A Mitchell, G Mohindra, R Morgan, A Patel, J Philip, B Rolfe, B Sandler, M Sartin, G Shiell, D Stallan, S Stavrou, E  Webster, C Whitbread and H Whitbread.


Abstentions: (4) namely: Councillors J Knapman, B Surtees J H Whitehouse and J M Whitehouse.



Following a further debate Councillor J Philip moved the recommendations on the agenda together with the following amendments to the Draft Local Plan, Chapter 5;


a) to clarify that for the purposes of the Draft Local Plan there would be an addition to paragraph 5.103 to make it clear that when reference was made to ‘North Weald Bassett’ it referred to the settlement of North Weald Bassett, recognising that the Parish encompasses North Weald Village, Thornwood and Hastingwood; and


b) to revise Figure 5.9 in relation to the site allocations of Waltham Abbey, to show the indicative green belt boundary amendment to run to the North of SR 0061B along the M25.






(1)        That the Draft Local Plan as set out in report and the non technical summary of the Sustainability Appraisal as set out in the supplementary agenda be endorsed for the purposes of the proposed consultation;


(2)        That consultation on the Draft Local Plan under Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012 be commenced for a 6 week statutory period from 31 October to 12 December 2016 inclusive in accordance with the Statement of Community Involvement, and any representations received after 5.00pm on 12 December 2016 be deemed invalid;


(3)        That the Draft Local Plan be endorsed as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.