Planning

Planning

Legislation
Planning and Building Regulations www.planningportal.co.uk
National Planning Policy Framework Document: www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-planning-policy-framework–2
NORA response to NPPF: 2011 www.alan.shrank.freeuk.com/responses/final.pdf

Conservation Area
  

A map and details of the Chigwell Conservation Area can be found on the EFDC website at the following links:
www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/index.php/home/file-store/category/63-chigwell-village-conservation-area#

More general information:
www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/index.php/residents/planning-and-building/conservation-areas-and-listed-buildings/conservation-areas

Planning Applications
Planning Applications Epping Forest District Council
plan1.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/ApplicationSearch.aspx

Planning committee Chigwell Parish Council
www.chigwellparishcouncil.gov.uk/Planning_Committee_4584.aspx


EXTRACT FROM GENERAL MEETING SPRING 2016
FLATS IN THE HIGH ROAD We understand that as well as the Parish Council, the Plans South Committee of EFDC at their most recent meeting has also now rejected the application to replace the house at 152 High Road with flats. We wait to see where this goes from here and whether the integrity of this area of the High Road can be saved.

HILL FARM AUTUMN 2015
Cllr Knapman said he was disgusted by the way Essex County Council has conducted this matter. He only found out about it 9 months after the deal selling an option to developers of this green belt land was signed. In response to Freedom of Information requests ECC appear to be saying that the contract itself is the only document that exists about the saga! It refuses to give the name of the officer who signed the agreement and it is understood that an officer can only sign an agreement up to a value of £1m. The deal on Hill Farm is worth 20 times that limit and should require the decision and signature of full Cabinet which is not present in this case which means that the deal may be void. The matter has been raised with the relevant portfolio holder at ECC but the silence from him “has been deafening”.

The impact of such a development on traffic would be huge and residents were encouraged to write to the relevant highways officer at ECC to make their concerns clear. His details are as follows:

David Sprunt Address: Highways Department, Essex County Council, County Hall, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1LA
Email: David.Sprunt@essex.gov.uk

EXTRACT FROM CRA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 28 APRIL 2016
Local planning issues: Good design: Dismay was voiced by several members about planning permission being persistently granted on appeal by the national inspectorate, with poor knowledge of local conditions, for applications have already been rejected by Parish and District Committees. Examples of inappropriate developments in this area were cited, which do not fit in with the existing street scene, and/or dominate and overlook neighbouring properties through size and bulk. Worrying precedents continue to be set which alienate the community, and have implications for future applications.

Academy – Chigwell Primary School: Cllr Knapman reported that the application to refurbish Chigwell County Primary Academy would be heard by June; if successful then work on the school building would start in the school holidays. This plan would be funded by the building of 32 houses. He also said that there were plans to convert the Beis Shamai buildings into business offices, but that any scheme there would have to include a permanent drop off point for the primary school which remained essential. Funding would also need to be provided by this scheme for a local bus service to provide a regular service with pick up points for the benefit of the local community


HILL FARM PLANNING APPLICATION SPRING 2015
There remains a threat to Chigwell’s Green belt at Hill Farm where it is understood that a developer, Meridian, which is possibly linked with Crest Homes, may have bought an option to develop possibly up to 200 houses on the site from its owners, Essex County Council. Our Councillors in Chigwell are finding hard to get more information on this as ECC are reluctant to say much if anything officially. This remains a crucial Green Belt gap between Redbridge and Chigwell and must be opposed.

EXTRACT FROM CRA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 28 APRIL 2016
A question was asked whether Chigwell having a Neighbourhood Plan would help protect its amenities and character. Cllr Knapman said that it should and was planned to be in place by August/September. He said that the Parish were looking at all possible sites with the criteria that brownfield sites would be used first (there are very few in Chigwell), small sites would be preferred, and sites having a low visual impact.

A member asked why bushes and trees had been dug up on Luxborough Lane on the right side, and noted that three different power boxes had been put in suggesting that something significant was happening or planned. The councillors said that there had been no application to build on this land, and that any land clearance had not yet broken any regulations. However, they promised to monitor the situation there.

Local Plan
Use the following link for up to date progress
eppingforest.consultationonline.co.uk/faqs and open ‘the local plan making process’

NOTE JANUARY 2017
EFDC has completed consultations on their Draft Local Plan in December 2016 and they are analysing the feedback received and will revise the Draft Local Plan accordingly. The revised Local Plan will then be published for a six week period June/July 2017. There will be an opportunity at this stage to make representations on the, ‘soundness’ of the Local Plan, i.e. whether the Council has followed the correct procedures and stages as set out by Planning legislation.
In November 2017 the Council will then submit the Draft Local Plan to the Planning Inspector for independent examination, and subject to any alterations required by the Inspector, the aim is for this to be adopted by Autumn 2018.


Neighbourhood Plan

PROGRAMME FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN JANUARY 2017
Chigwell Parish Council received the responses to consultations on their Draft Neighbourhood Plan in November 2016 and are currently awaiting analysis of those results.  As traffic is a key issue in this area they have commissioned a traffic survey to add to the evidence base of their plan.

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan differs significantly from the EFDC Local Plan and further consultations are needed with EFDC.

The final plan will need to be submitted to a government Planning inspector for ratification; no date has been set for this as yet.

If approved as sound by the Planning Inspector the plan will be subject to a ballot by all residents in Chigwell and only if this is approved by a majority of voters can this be put forward for inclusion in the Local Plan as an alternative to the EFDC proposal contained in the current draft Local Plan.


Green Belt
  

• Review 2015/16
LOCAL PLAN AND GREEN BELT REVIEW
As part of the process of producing its local plan, eventually, EFDC was legally required to do a total Green Belt review. See their website

eppingforest.consultationonline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/2015-12-04-green-belt-review-stage1-parcel-assessments-post-cab.pdf
eppingforest.consultationonline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/2016-07-04-green-belt-review-1-2-methodology-final-1.pdf
eppingforest.consonline.isready.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/Chapter-3-Final-Draft-Stage-2-Report-August-2016-V3_REDUCED.pdf
eppingforest.consultationonline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/Chapter-3-Final-Draft-Stage-2-Report-August-2016-Technical-Annex_REDUCED.pdf

• Sites At Risk
ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL OWNED AND MANAGED SITES IN CHIGWELL Extract from AGM 29 April 2014
Given what Essex County Council have tried to do with the Hill Farm site we thought it important that residents be aware of all the sites they own or manage in Chigwell. For a list, please see the site ownership section of this website and archive for map.

• Map
GREEN BELT SITES IN CHIGWELL
The link to the following website from the Daily Telegraph provides a map showing the Green Belt Sites in Chigwell and across the country
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/greenpolitics/planning/9708387/Interactive-map-Englands-green-belt.html


Site Ownership

CHIGWELL SITES AT RISK
Under Issues and Options Document: 2012-3
METROPOLITAN POLICE SPORTS GROUND (Green Belt)
Owned by the Metropolitan Police.
Originally the Met Police withdrew this site from the Local Plan but we understand that they have reserved the right to put it back into the Plan and so potentially it remains at risk.
Potential dwellings -575
GLEBE LAND – JUNCTION OF HIGH ROAD AND VICARAGE LANE (Green Belt)
Owned by the Church of England. It is in a conservation area.
Potential dwellings – 54
FIELDS S.E. OF CHIGWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL OFF VICARAGE LANE (Green Belt)
Potential dwellings – 291
FIELDS BEHIND WILLIAM IV ALONG COURTLAND DRIVE/HAINAULT ROAD (Green Belt)
Potential dwellings – 355
Under Call for Sites
BEIS SHAMMAI SCHOOL SITE Note: Sold for non residential use autumn 2016
Owned by Essex County Council – 75-95 dwellings possible
LAND NORTH OF THE GRANGE – HIGH ROAD/BRAMBLE CLOSE
Owned by Mr Stuart Isaacs -30 dwellings possible
LAND OPPOSITE WOOLSTON MANOR – BEHIND ROLLS PARK TO PUDDING LANE (Green Belt)
Owned by Mr Donald Lewin OBE – 1440 dwellings possible
LAND AT COOPERS CLOSE, CHIGWELL ROW (Green Belt)
Owned by Mr Abdul Ghaffar – 5 dwellings possible
LAND BEHIND CHIGWELL NURSERY – LUXBOROUGH LANE TO CHIGWELL PARK (Green Belt)
Land “controlled” by Higgins Homes – Number of dwellings possible not disclosed
LAND OPPOSITE HIGH ELMS/THE BOWLS SOUTH OF MANOR ROAD (Green Belt)
Ownership and possible dwellings not known.

OTHER
SITES OWNED OR MANAGED BY ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL 2012-3
Chigwell Civic Amenity Site freehold
Chigwell Library freehold
Chigwell Primary School freehold
Chigwell Road – (land off and adjacent to West Hatch School) freehold
Chigwell Row Infant School freehold
Former Beis Shammai School freehold sold autumn 2016
Gravel Lane – Garden land freehold
High View School Lane – Land off freehold
Limes Farm Junior and Infant Schools and Nursery freehold
Wells Park School & TC ( High View) freehold
15 Bramble Close – Respite Centre leasehold
West Hatch High School managed academy
Limes Farm Junior & Infant Schools – Playing fields managed deed of grant
Bramble Close – Formerly Chigwell House managed Nomination Rights
Children’s Centre managed non-ECC site
West Hatch High School Rest Centre Facility managed Retained Rights


Proposed Development Not At Planning Stage

EXTRACT FROM GENERAL MEETING 29 OCT 2015
Primary School Clr Knapman summarised the problems being experienced by Chigwell Primary School. For several years it has been a failing school, put into and remaining in “special measures” in recent OFSTED reports. The school building is in critical need of renovation. Essex County Council have been unwilling (they claim unable) to fund the changes needed, and the government’s way forward has been to turn the school into an Academy; the group who now run the Academy say refurbishment is essential but they don’t have the funding to do it.

Three high pressure gas mains meet near the school, and new legislation means that a new school cannot be built on this site; the only solution appears to be to improve the current facilities up to standard, effectively a major refurbishment of the existing building.

A developer, Argall Group, who own the former BSI site (bounded by High Road, Vicarage Lane, and the school) have offered to refurbish the school building in return for getting planning permission to build 35 houses on the BSI site. They want to put in a detailed planning application for the school, but a non-detailed planning application for the housing.

The views were expressed that getting a school out of special measures should not have to depend on building houses, but was the responsibility of the government and the community, that any additional houses in this already congested area would only add to the traffic problems and that funding from developers towards community schemes such as a local bus service would not be compensation, and not solve at all the increasing traffic congestion.

The question was asked whether the housing could be built on the nearby old tennis courts, but Cllr. Knapman said that these are too close to the gas pipeline. He added that there was also a need for housing to attract staff to the school as well as raise funding and that if the facilities did not improve there would be an increasing number of local parents opting out of enrolling at the school.
Questions were also asked about entry to West Hatch High School for children from Chigwell, and whether the school would increase its intake numbers.

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CHIGWELL RESIDENTS TELL FREETOWN THAT HOUSING IS NOT REQUIRED ON THIS GREEN BELT SITE – JULY 2016
There has been a pleasing response from residents of Chigwell to tell the company proposing to build on Green Belt fields (facing Courtland Drive and behind Victory Hall) that residents completely reject their scheme.

Good numbers of residents attended the “display” on 16th July at the Limes Centre, and left the consultants in no doubt as to their total opposition to the plan.

There were no representatives there at all from Freetown Homes,so residents made their objections very clear to Aspbury consultants running the display. We were told that Freetown has owned this site for 20 years.

Attendees were given a questionnaire to fill in, but the questions did not address the issues felt most keenly by local people, in particular that the company have not been able to demonstrate at all any special circumstances for either removing this site from the Green Belt, or for allowing any residential development on this important agricultural land.
No acknowledgement was made by the company that, in its forthcoming Neighbourhood Plan, Chigwell will meet its housing requirements without having to use this site at all.

Residents were further upset by the insistence of the consultants present that an estate of 200 houses using only one access road to and from the estate coming out onto Hainault Road (close to Victory Hall) would have little impact upon the traffic congestion that this part of Chigwell experiences both morning and evening every working day………
It was requested that questionnaires were put in a box on leaving, but there was no count or recording of how many were actually being returned, and thus no record of the numbers submitted.
Therefore a substantial number of residents decided to take their questionnaires home and send them in later. The developer said they are quite willing to still receive responses to their scheme; and that all responses will be taken into consideration from local residents who write to them at:
Aspbury Planning Consultants, Barleycorn House, Main Street, Newton Kyme, LS24 9LS.
Or alternately by email to: info@chigwellbrookpark.com

We also urge residents who have not yet contacted the developer to also send a photocopy of their responses to the Chigwell Parish Council Parish Council Office, Hainault Road, IG7 6QZ (email: info@chigwellparishcouncil.gov.uk ).
This way our councillors will know from you of the numbers writing to the developer, and the range and depth of your objections.
Together let’s work to keep Chigwell a place that continues to hold its distinctive appeal and attractiveness for all who live and work here.

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FRESH ATTACKS BY DEVELOPERS ON CHIGWELL’S GREEN BELT – JUNE 2016
Circulars have been put round Chigwell to publicise a proposal from a property developer called Freetown Homes to build 200 houses on the fields facing Courtland Drive and immediately behind Chigwell library and Victory Hall, with proposed entry from Hainault Road!
As so often in the recent experience of residents of Chigwell, we are hit with a sudden outrageous attack on Chigwell’s Green Belt land. The company’s circular also suggests a nursing/care home, professional offices, and possibly a one form primary school on the site.

This proposal is completely unacceptable. It would take away a crucial part of the green lung of Chigwell, countryside which helps define the very character of the village. It would destroy the harmony and the unique setting which makes Chigwell so special as the first village outside London.
But as well as the irreversible damage that would be done, this proposal is wrong because this site is not actually required in the emerging Chigwell Neighbourhood Plan to meet the housing needs of the area. Other sites have already been identified by Chigwell Parish Council as able to meet the number of homes needed in the Local Plan.
Chigwell is actually well ahead of the game, having built in excess of 350 new dwellings since 2011 which count towards our quota.
These fields are most unlikely to be required for removal from the Green Belt in our Neighbourhood Plan. They are considered to be important farmland, which contribute significantly to the character of Chigwell.

Chigwell Parish Council expects to be able to meet its housing requirements without resorting to high numbered single developments (as proposed by this company). There is no way that the development being proposed here should be considered for approval within the Green Belt.
This proposal does not seem able to demonstrate any very special circumstances or need for either removing the site from the Green belt or for allowing any residential development on this important Green Belt site.

It is vital that residents in the area make their complete objections known, and in no uncertain terms.
The developer is holding a “chance to view the initial masterplan”, on Saturday 16th July at the Limes Centre, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP, from 11am – 2 pm.
We need the people of Chigwell to attend, to tell the developers that the scheme is a complete non-starter.

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