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Local Plan – make your views known

by admin on December 8th, 2016
Hills Amenity Society has been largely silent on the Local Plan and the massive changes proposed by the Epping Forest District Council because no part of the plan directly impacts on the three Loughton conservation areas.  Individually your committee members all have their own views – some strong – about the loss of car parking space, intensification of development and loss of amenities which the plan, if implemented, will mean to the Town.
However it has been pointed out to us that the plan is silent on the fact that part of Queens Road (that is, all but the bottom end adjoining York Hill) is currently an Area of Townscape Merit.

Your committee feels that this is unfortunate and that the Draft Development Plan should specifically include the status of Area of Townscape Merit for Queens Road. We have accordingly made representation through the Local Plan consultation process and do please make your views known through
The consultation period ends on 12 December so this is a final call to make your views known. The plan can be found at and the consultation link is
The Hills submission states:

Draft Development Plan –  Area of Townscape Merit Queens Road, Loughton

The Hills Amenity Society, the organisation for the York Hill, Baldwins Hill and Staples Road Conservation Areas, Loughton, wishes to express concern over the position of Queens Road, Loughton, in the plan. Part of Queens Road is included in the York Hill Conservation Area and part, currently, is designated an Area of Townscape Merit.
The Heritage Assets Review EFDC in 2013 recommended the designation of Areas of Townscape Merit for areas – which included Queens Road and the Uplands in Loughton – that did not meet the criteria for Conservation Area designation but which still merited planning protection.
This has been omitted from the draft local plan and largely overlooked so far in the conservation area process and we now formally ask for the designation of Areas of Townscape Merit to be reinstated into the plan with proposed policy DM7.


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