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Petition: Regulation 19, EFD Local Plan response.

Epping Forest District Council have included Jessel Green (LOU.R5), at the heart of the Debden (Loughton) estate, in their new Local Plan, which means that they propose to build 154 dwellings on this much loved community space.

Save Jessel Green” community action group wish to protect this precious site from any future development. We believe that there are sound reasons as to why Jessel Green should be saved as a community asset (these are listed below).

Epping Forest Guardian Newspaper are supporting us, we ask you to do the same.

Please sign this petition to support Save Jessel Green community action group in their efforts to ensure the entire public open space is preserved for future generations.

Thank you.

 

Background

Following the Epping Forest District Council meeting on 14 December 2017, the Submission Version of the Epping Forest District Local Plan has now been published under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations (2012) for six weeks from 18 December 2017 at midday until 5pm on 29thJanuary 2018.  

Representations should be related to whether or not the Plan has been prepared in accordance with the relevant legal requirements, and whether or not the Plan is sound – defined as:

  • positively prepared
  • justified
  • effective
  • consistent with national policy

We, the undersigned, petition the Local Plan Examiner to:

consider the Regulation 19 (Submission Version) Epping Forest District Local Plan defective and unsound because:

  • It incorporates a central and unsupported sequential test which leads to greenfield recreational land in towns being given a higher development priority than similar land elsewhere
  • It ignores the amenity and wellbeing value of public urban open space, and the great public affection of residents and others for Jessel Green (LOU.R5) 
  • It purports to support and enhance such land, but as a contradiction, proposes to allocate it for housing
  • It relies on a so called proportionate distribution of housing whereas in fact it allocates Loughton 196 dwellings per square mile where an even spread would be 67 dwellings per square mile
  • Site selection across Epping Forest District has not been consistently assessed
  • Alternative sites were offered by land owners within Loughton and neighbouring towns, which would remove the need for any housing allocation on Jessel Green, but have been removed from the Regulation 19 Submission version of the Epping Forest District Local Plan
  • Jessel Green appears to meet the criteria for designation as a Local Green Space in accordance with National Planning Policy Framework sections 76 and 77.
  • Emergency services (the Essex & Hertfordshire Air Ambulance service) use Jessel Green as a landing location in extreme cases – 5 times in the last 18 months. They cannot use any other flat Open Green Space on the Debden estate.
  • City of London/Conservators of Epping Forest in their 2016 Draft Local Plan consultation response identified concerns over this site being included (page 8);
  • At Loughton The Conservators would disagree with the proposed loss of green space at Borders Lane and Jessel Green. The latter site in particular, if lost, would place considerable pressure on the nearby Forest and also would seem to be in contradiction to the green infrastructure policies in the draft Plan. Such a large green space is currently valuable and has considerable potential to be developed for both access and for wildlife.
  • All schools in the area (5 actually on the estate) oppose this volume of development due to overcapacity and health impact on its children and their families. The inclusion of large developments throughout Loughton will have a cumulative effect.
  • All local bus services have either been reduced to a limited service or are under review
  • According to Transport for London’s 2016 Draft Local Plan consultation response, they are relying on Crossrail opening in 2019 to reduce its capacity problems. This is on the basis that commuters will be willing to travel substantially further to board trains in The London Boroughs of Havering, Newham or Waltham Forest. Encouraging more car use, congestion, parking pressures and increased poor air quality does not support EFDC’s Air Quality or Sustainability Transport (Policy CP9) and Sustainable Travel Plans (Policy ST5) policies.
  • Roads throughout the Debden estate are underserved greatly by Essex County Council Highways, with only one road on the estate being re-surfaced in the last 8 years.

 

Actions to be taken

We therefore respectfully ask you to:

  1. Remove site LOU.R5 (Jessel Green) from the Regulation 19 (Submission Version) Epping Forest District Local Plan.
  2. Advise Epping Forest District Council to support the request by Loughton Town Council, to register site LOU.R5 (Jessel Green) as a protected ‘Village Green’ as per the application to Essex County Council in December 2013.

 

 

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • The Planning Policy Team at EFDC
    Epping Forest District Council
  • ldfconsult@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
  • Local Plan Independent Examiner on behalf of EFDC
  • The Planning Policy Team at EFDC

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