Agenda and minutes

Area Planning Sub-Committee South - Wednesday 19th July 2023 7.00 pm

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

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Webcasting Introduction

This meeting is to be webcast and the Chairman will read the following announcement:


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


Therefore, by participating in this meeting, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings for webcasting and/or training purposes. If any public speakers on MS Teams do not wish to have their image captured, they should ensure that their video setting throughout the meeting is turned off and set to audio only.


Please also be aware that if technical difficulties interrupt the meeting that cannot be overcome, I may need to adjourn the meeting.


Members are reminded to activate their microphones before speaking”.

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The Chairman made a short address to remind all present that the meeting would be broadcast on the Internet, and that the Council had adopted a protocol for the webcasting of its meetings.


Declarations of Interest

To declare interests in any item on this agenda.

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There were no declarations of interest pursuant to the Council’s Members’ Code of Conduct.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 21 June 2023.

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That the minutes of the Sub-Committee held on 21 June 2023 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


Any Other Business

Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, requires that the permission of the Chairman be obtained, after prior notice to the Chief Executive, before urgent business not specified in the agenda (including a supplementary agenda of which the statutory period of notice has been given) may be transacted.

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It was noted that there was no other urgent business for consideration by the Sub-Committee.


Site Visits

To identify and agree requirements for formal site visits to be held with regard to any planning application listed in this agenda, prior to consideration of the application.

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There were no formal site visits requested by the Sub-Committee.


EPF/1204/22 1 Langston Road Loughton Essex IG10 3SD pdf icon PDF 532 KB

To consider the attached report on the demolition of existing car wash and cycle / refuse store and redevelopment to provide part 5 and part 6 storey building comprising office (Class Egi) and hotel (Class C1) use, together with associated car parking, cycle parking, access, servicing, refuse storage, plant & landscaping.

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The Committee agreed to amend the following conditions with the additional wording below:


(3c) …including minimisation of diesel-powered construction machinery.


(22) …and Guest Travel Plan.


The application was Approved with Conditions (Subject to s106 Legal Agreement).


EPF/2216/22 New Oak Lodge, Englands Lane, Loughton, IG10 2NX pdf icon PDF 524 KB

To consider the attached report for the erection of a dwelling house and associated works to provide access, parking and landscaping. Refurbishment and repair of Grade II listed gates and piers.

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Discussion took place around the design of the proposed new dwelling, the potential refurbishment of the listed pillars and gates, and the impact on the Green Belt. Clarity was sought on the comparison between the size of this proposal compared to that previously granted consent on the site.


Clarity was also sought by Members on the Green Belt policy and whether this constituted inappropriate development that would require very special circumstances. Several members recalled determining the previously approved scheme and highlighted that the previous proposal constituted inappropriate development, however was granted consent since the very special circumstances clearly outweighed the harm in that instance. The key very special circumstances being the refurbishment of the listed gates and pillars, the handing over of part of the site for the extension to the adjacent nature reserve, and the historic ambience in the built form of the previously approved new dwelling. It was highlighted by Cllr C C Pond that, with the exception of the refurbishment of the gates and pillars, none of these benefits were present in this instance, and the proposed dwelling was larger than that previously approved. As such it was determined that the proposal constituted inappropriate development that would cause harm to the Green Belt, and this harm would not be sufficiently outweighed by very special circumstances.


As such, the Committee determined that planning consent should be refused for the following reason:


1. The proposed development amounts to inappropriate development in the Green Belt and results in a significant increase in built volume above that of the extant planning permission for the site. The public benefit through the provision of part of the site as an extension to the nature reserve and the historic ambience in the built form that were considered very special circumstances that clearly outweighed the harm from the extant scheme are no longer proposed as part of this development, and no other very special circumstances exist that clearly outweigh the harm from this proposal. As a result, the development has a significant adverse effect of the openness of the Green Belt and local character, contrary to policies SP5 and DM4 of the adopted Local Plan 2011-2033 (2023), and the NPPF 2021.


EPF/0377/23 5 Nafferton Rise Loughton IG10 1UB pdf icon PDF 309 KB

To consider the attached report on part single-part two storey rear extension with Juliet Balcony, rear box dormer, front dormer, rear and front roof lights, single storey side extension, single storey front extension, and extended patio.

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The application was approved with conditions.


EPF/0912/23 40 Ibbetson Path Loughton IG10 2AS pdf icon PDF 342 KB

To consider the attached report for the demolition of the existing single storey side extension and erection of a new single storey rear and side wrap around extension, including the replacement of all existing windows.

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The application was approved with conditions.