Latest News and Updates

This is where the News and Updates on the Examination will be posted.

16 July 2020

The Inspector has written to the Council concerning the ONS 2018 based Household Projections. Her letter can be viewed in the Examination documents at ED111.


11 May 2020

The Council have submitted a Position Statement on the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation (SAC). This can be viewed in the Examination documents at ED108.


27 April 2020

The Council have written to the Inspector giving an update on the progress of the Actions set out in her Advice after the Hearings. This can be viewed in the Examination documents at ED106 and the Inspector’s reply at ED107.


27 March 2020

As set out in the Council’s note of 21 January, the Methodology Review for the HRA for the Local Plan has been submitted and can be viewed in the Examination Documents at ED105.


27 January 2020

The Council have written to the Inspector with an update and details of the timings of the work leading up to Main Modifications. Both the letter and the Council’s timeline can be viewed in the Examination documents at ED104 and ED104A.


2 January 2020

The actions arising out of the Hearing Sessions are now complete and can all be viewed on the Hearing Sessions Actions page.


28 November 2019

The Inspector has issued a formal response to the Council’s reply (ED100) to her advice after the Hearings (ED98). The Inspector’s response can be viewed in the examination documents reference ED102.


20 October 2019

The Council have submitted a position statement on the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation and this can be viewed in the examination documents at ED101 EFDC Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation Position Statement (EFDC October 2019) (pdf 47KB).


6 August 2019

Following the recent hearing sessions of the Examination of the Epping Forest Local Plan, the Inspector has now issued her Interim Findings and these can be viewed in the examination documents at ED98.


11 July 2019

At the close of the hearing sessions, the Inspector announced that she was intending to write to the Council and that she hopes to be able to do this by the 12 July. It is now not possible for the letter to be with the Council by this date, but the delay is likely to be relatively short.


13 June 2019

The Inspector’s closing remarks at the end of the hearing sessions on 11 June 2019 are available at ED77 in the examination document.

An updated list of Actions Arising out of the Hearing Sessions is now available and can be viewed on the Actions Arising out of the Hearing Sessions page.


22 May 2019

Natural England have submitted a paper on the assessment of likely effects of NOx and ammonia and this can be viewed in the examination documents at ED62.


8 May 2019

The Council have submitted further documents in response to the Actions Arising out of the Hearing Sessions, these can be accessed on the Hearing Sessions Actions page.


8 May 2019

The agenda for the hearing session to be held on 21 May (Matter 1 Issue 5 HRA and Matter 16 Policies DM2 and DM22) is now available and can be viewed on the Hearing Sessions page.


7 May 2019

The list of actions for the Council arising out of the Hearing Sessions, and the documents submitted in response, can be viewed under the new tab on the landing page Hearing Session Actions.

The List of Actions is a rolling document and will be updated as new actions are requested during the hearing sessions, and documents in response to the actions are submitted.


26 April 2019

The hearing statements for the hearing sessions to be held w/c 13 May 2019, w/c 20 May 2019 and w/c 11 June 2019 are now available and can be accessed on the Hearing Sessions page.

An updated Participants’ List V.9 29.4.19 is also available on the Hearing Sessions page.


26 April 2019

Statements of Common Ground have recently been submitted to the examination and can be viewed in the Examination Documents reference numbers ED37-ED41.


23 April 2019

The following documents have been uploaded to the Examination documents:


19 March 2019

The Agendas covering Matter 16 which is for discussion at the hearing sessions on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March can be viewed by clicking the link below:


15 March 2019

The Agendas for Matter 5, 6 and 8 which are being discussed at the hearing sessions starting on Tuesday 19 March 2019 can be viewed by clicking on the links below:


14 March 2019

The Inspector has issued her Agenda for Matter 5 which will be discussed at the hearing session on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

Click here to view the EFDC Week 3 Matter 5 Agenda V1 (pdf 82KB).


7 March 2019

As the hearing session for Matter 1, Issue 5 on Habitats Regulations Assessment(HRA) has been postponed until 21 May 2019, the Inspector has decided to also postpone discussion of Development Management Policies DM2 (Epping Forest SAC and Lee Valley SPA) and DM22 (Air Quality) until that date so that the over-lapping matters can be considered at the same session.

View details of the alteration to the Programme on the Provisional Programme and Participants List V.7 (Updated 7.3.19).


28 February 2019

In response to the Inspector’s questions during the first week of the hearing sessions, the council have submitted 5 documents and these can be viewed in the examination documents at ED13, ED14, ED15, ED16 and ED18.


27 February 2019

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26 February 2019

The hearing statements submitted in response to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions for Matters 5, 6, 8 and 16 are now available.

Click here to view the Hearing Statements for weeks 3 and 4.


11 February 2019

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7 February 2019

The following documents are available on the examination documents page:

ED9 – Harlow & Gilston Garden Town Update
ED10 – Draft SoCG between EFDC and Essex County Council
ED10A – Appendix 1 resolved objections
ED10B – Appendix 2 outstanding objections
ED11 – Note on the postponement of the Habitats Regulation Assessment hearing session


5 February 2019

An updated Habitats Regulation Assessment (January 2019) has been submitted and will be examined at an additional hearing session on 21 May 2019. The Updated Provisional Programme and Participants List for the hearing sessions can be viewed under the hearing sessions tab.

Click here to view the Hearing Sessions.


31 January 2019

The hearing statements submitted in response to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions for Matters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 are now available.

Click here to view the Hearing Statements for weeks 1 and 2.


21 January 2019

The Provisional Programme showing the Participants for each Hearing Session is now available, click here to view the Hearing Sessions.


29 November 2018

The dates for the hearing sessions are now available and details of these and the documents relating to the hearing sessions can be viewed under the Hearing Sessions page.


17 October 2018

Details on possible timings of the hearing sessions can be viewed on the Hearing Sessions page.


15 October 2018

An Infrastructure Delivery Topic Paper has been submitted by the Council and this can be viewed in the examination documents ref ED2 or in the evidence base ref EB1101C.