Agenda and minutes

Asset Management and Economic Development Cabinet Committee
Thursday, 11th February, 2016 7.00 pm

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Webcasting Introduction

(a)        This meeting is to be webcast;


(b)        Members are reminded of the need to activate their microphones before speaking; and


(c)        the Chairman will read the following announcement:


I would like to remind everyone present that this meeting will be broadcast live to the Internet and will be capable of subsequent repeated viewing, with copies of the recording being made available for those that request it.


By being present at this meeting, it is likely that the recording cameras will capture your image and this will result in your image becoming part of the broadcast.


You should be aware that this may infringe your human and data protection rights. If you have any concerns then please speak to the Webcasting Officer.


Please could I also remind Members to activate their microphones before speaking.

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The Chairman 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.



(Director of Governance) To report the appointment of any substitute members for the meeting.

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The Cabinet Committee noted that Councillor C Whitbread substituted for Councillor A Grigg.


Declarations of Interest

(The Director of Governance) To declare interests in any items on the agenda.

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(a)       Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct, Councillor J M Whitehouse declared a personal interest in agenda item 6, St John’s Road Development by virtue of being an Essex County Councillor, an Epping Town Councillor and a resident of St John’s Road, Epping. The Councillor had determined that his interest was non-pecuniary but would leave the meeting if the discussion became too detailed.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting of the Cabinet Committee held on 10 December 2015.

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That the minutes of the meeting held on 10 December 2015 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman as a correct record, subject to the Declarations of Interest, where Councillor J Whitehouse declared that he was an Essex County Councillor which was omitted.


Asset Management Co-Ordination Group Report pdf icon PDF 117 KB

(Director of Neighbourhoods) To consider the attached report AMED-014-2015/16.

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The Director of Neighbourhoods presented a report to the Cabinet Committee and updated them on further progress which had been achieved since the publication of the Agenda.


(1)        Epping Forest Shopping Park – There was a separate report before the Cabinet Committee at Agenda Item 11 which would be heard in private session.


(2)        Oakwood Hill Depot – Construction of the new depot was progressing, the contract was at week 24 out of a contract period of 36 weeks. The cladding was complete, the windows were installed and the inside building works were complete. The Section 278 road words to relocate the bus stop and install traffic islands commenced on the 26 January. There were regular meetings and the Depot was on schedule to complete in April 2016.


(3)        Pyrles Lane Nursery – A revised planning application for the site would be considered by the District Development Management Committee on the 24 February 2016. It was hoped that the revised application would resolve some of the concerns regarding density and access on which the application was originally refused. The redesign had widened the access from 4.1m to 4.3m which would help vehicle access and include a pedestrian footpath.


(4)        St John’s Road – One of the major delays on this scheme was getting an agreement between Essex County Council (ECC) and the developer Frontier Developments with respect to an overage agreement that ECC required to be put into place to protect their position, in the event that the component parts of the scheme, which currently met the design and development brief, were to change or there was to be an excessive developers profit.


Epping Forest District Council hosted a meeting on the 29 January, with senior officers of ECC and directors of Frontier Developments. A number of issues were discussed and negotiations should be completed by the end of the month. It was hoped that an indicative time table with key milestones would be available at the next meeting.


Options were being looked at to temporarily use the land. A car park had been suggested, but this was deemed as not viable due to issues around security and the comparative quality of provision with regard to the adjacent car parks which were fully covered by CCTV and had new pay and display machines. Once the land came into the Council’s ownership this would be revisited.


(5)        North Weald Airfield – At their meeting on 3 December 2015, the Cabinet agreed with the results of a marketing exercise for an Operational Partner at North Weald Airfield and this would go out to advert in April/May 2016.


(6)        Sir Winston Churchill / The Broadway, Debden – The development was now in the hands of Higgins Construction who were developing the site. Completion was originally due July 2017 but problems have arisen with the ground being too soft and the piling going very slow.


There was an area to the rear of the Sir Winston Churchill site which was being considered for affordable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.


Economic Development Team Progress Report pdf icon PDF 124 KB

(Director of Neighbourhoods) To consider the attached report AMED-015-2015/16.

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The Local Strategic Partnership Manager presented a report to the Cabinet Committee and updated them on a number of projects and issues being explored by the Economic Development Team.


(1)        Visitor Economy – The Visit Epping Forest 2016 Tourism Conference was taking place on the 4 March 2016 at Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey. Key speakers had been booked including Michael Veasey of Eastern Plateau/ BEST Growth Hub, Del Goddard of Vibrant Partnerships and George Kieffer of Visit Essex. After a soft launch within the winter tourism e-newsletter there are already over 40 delegates booked in and a dedicated campaign will promote the event throughout January and February.


Two new display banners have been produced for the use of tourism members at events. They were used at the Visit Epping Forest stand at the 2016 Excursions trade show at the Alexandra Palace.


Work had started on a new website following recommendations for an upgraded site as a key outcome from tourism workshops in 2015.The new site will work across all devices and contain information on different areas of the district as well as the key visitor attractions and an improved “What’s On” page. Accessibility for easy updating and editorial control will be included via a new Content Management System (CMS).


An updated general area leaflet was being produced which would contain information about the different areas of the district. Display units for the leaflets were also being ordered to be sited in a wider range of local outlets.


(2)        Town Centres – The Economic Development Officers were working with the Waltham Abbey Town Partnership They had been successful in acquiring funding from Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund to commission consultancy support to design a wayfinding project for Waltham Abbey’s town centre.


There were five applications, varying in scale and nature, either under consideration or approved within EFDC’s Town & Village Centres Opportunities Fund. There was a further bid that was currently being prepared for submission to the Fund and this would be encouraging partners to consider further bids at the District Town Centres Team meeting.


(3)        Business SupportThe Economic Development Team (EDT) were working with BEST Growth Hub to promote and encourage take-up of its services by our local business community.


The team were promoting a suite of free workshops for start-up and established businesses across Essex from January to March and have had confirmation that four of these sessions will be held at Epping Rugby Club and Epping Forest College. BEST will also have a presence at the Tourism Conference and the EDT are exploring opportunities for some different format events i.e. drop-in surgery session for businesses or a Pop-up Business Café.


The next edition of One Business Briefing is currently being compiled and would be distributed to business contacts and partners during February.


(4)        Superfast Essex / Rural Challenge Project – The build phase of the Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project continued to make progress in the Bobbingworth and Moreton areas of the district. A second fibre  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.


North Weald Airfield - Community Day pdf icon PDF 120 KB

(Director of Neighbourhoods) To consider the attached report AMED-016-2015/16.

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The Director of Neighbourhoods presented a report to the Cabinet Committee regarding the Community Day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of North Weald Airfield.


The Director advised that a Community Day event had been hosted at North Weald Airfield since 2008, which celebrated the proud history of the Airfield and demonstrated the diversity of uses and provided an opportunity for local voluntary sector organisations to showcase their services.


In August 1916, North Weald Airfield became operational as a Home Defence Flight Station, It was therefore intended that this year’s Community Day formed the centrepiece of the 100 Year Anniversary celebrations. Weald Aviation have indicated that they were willing to undertake the lead role in organising the event in liaison with the District Council, and were prepared to underwrite the event with respect to funding infrastructure/deposits on bookings etc.  A date has been selected for the 17 July 2016 and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have been advised in order to ascertain their availability. It should be noted that, whilst as in previous years, the intention was to include a flying element this will not constitute an air display with high velocity manoeuvres, but rather a series of fly-pasts in accordance with current CAA guidance regarding Airshows.




To note progress on planning for the North Weald Airfield Community Day 2016.


Reasons for Decision:


Members requested an update report on the event at their previous meeting.


Other Options Considered and Rejected:





Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, together with paragraphs 6 and 25 of the Council Procedure Rules contained in the Constitution require 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.


In accordance with Operational Standing Order 6 (non-executive bodies), any item raised by a non-member shall require the support of a member of the Committee concerned and the Chairman of that Committee. Two weeks’ notice of non-urgent items is required.

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The Cabinet Committee noted that there was no other urgent business for consideration.


Exclusion of Public and Press



To consider whether, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press should be excluded from the meeting for the items of business set out below on grounds that they will involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the following paragraph(s) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act (as amended) or are confidential under Section 100(A)(2):


Agenda Item No


Exempt Information Paragraph Number




Epping Forest Shopping

Park – Marketing Report




The Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, which came into effect on 1 March 2006, requires the Council to consider whether maintaining the exemption listed above outweighs the potential public interest in disclosing the information. Any member who considers that this test should be applied to any currently exempted matter on this agenda should contact the proper officer at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.


Confidential Items Commencement


Paragraph 9 of the Council Procedure Rules contained in the Constitution require:


(1)        All business of the Council requiring to be transacted in the presence of the press and public to be completed by 10.00 p.m. at the latest.


(2)        At the time appointed under (1) above, the Chairman shall permit the completion of debate on any item still under consideration, and at his or her discretion, any other remaining business whereupon the Council shall proceed to exclude the public and press.


(3)        Any public business remaining to be dealt with shall be deferred until after the completion of the private part of the meeting, including items submitted for report rather than decision.


Background Papers


Paragraph 8 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules of the Constitution define background papers as being documents relating to the subject matter of the report which in the Proper Officer's opinion:


(a)        disclose any facts or matters on which the report or an important part of the report is based;  and


(b)        have been relied on to a material extent in preparing the report and does not include published works or those which disclose exempt or confidential information (as defined in Rule 10) and in respect of executive reports, the advice of any political advisor.


Inspection of background papers may be arranged by contacting the officer responsible for the item.

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That the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the items of business set out below on the grounds that they would involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:


Agenda                                                                       Exempt Information

Item No.          Subject                                               Paragraph Number


     11               Epping Forest Shopping                                      3

            Park – Marketing Report       


Epping Forest Shopping Park - Marketing Report

(Director of Neighbourhoods) To consider the attached report AMED-017-2015/16.

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The Director of Neighbourhoods presented a report to the Cabinet Committee and updated them on further progress which had been achieved since the publication of the Agenda.


Consultants from Colliers International and White Young Green attended the meeting and reported that the first stage tender process was now closed and the evaluation process would start on the 15 February 2016. It was hoped to appoint a Contractor in May/June 2016 where the contract would run for approximately 9 months. Negotiations were progressing with various outlets who were showing interest in renting units at the Epping Forest Shopping Park. The overall picture was looking extremely good now everything was anticipated to achieve completion early in 2017.




(1)        To note the marketing report from Colliers International and Harvey Spack Field regarding progress on the leasing of units in the Epping Forest Shopping Park.


(2)        To note the report on Project Management from White Young Green regarding the procurement of the main construction contract for Epping Forest Shopping Park and general progress.


(3)        To note that the revised tender date for the Shopping Park main contract was for submissions by 1 April 2016.


Reasons for Decision:


To comply with the Cabinet Committee’s previous request to monitor the development of the Council’s property assets periodically and in particular report in detail on progress relating to the development of the Epping Forest Shopping Park.


Other Options Considered and Rejected:


To report direct to Cabinet.