Issued: March 11, 2016
â€‹â€‹Residents voice concerns over possible Green Belt encroachment as council discusses district Local Plan Green Belt review
Concerns over possible encroachment into the Green Belt were voiced when Ongar Town Councilâ€™s Planning and Environment Committee considered the Green Belt Review that will form part of Epping Forest District Councilâ€™s Local Plan.
Eighteen members of the public attended last nightâ€™s (Thursday) meeting and several addressed the committee to express their concerns regarding the possible encroachment into the countryside and loss character of Ongar.
Councillorsâ€™ comments on each parcel of land had to be submitted to the district council by March 10.
Council chairman councillor Jim Browning said: "The concerns demonstrated by the residents who attended last evening's Planning and Environment Committee meeting are shared by all members of Ongar Town Council who are also residents.
"The proposals are far-reaching and will change Ongar for ever and Ongar Town Council will ensure the concerns of residents are communicated to Epping Forest District Council."
An outline of Epping Forest District Councilâ€™s timescale leading up to the final publication of the Plan was reported to the meeting and is available to view on the district councilâ€™s website.
The district council will be holding a public consultation later in the year.
In the meantime any residents with questions or concerns should contact their ward councillor or the district councilâ€™s planning department.
The town council is gathering contact details from interested residents so updates and further information on the Local Plan can be distributed.
Anyone interested in joining the contact group should email Clerk Aimi Middlehurst at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01277 365348 to provide their address and
telephone number or email address.
Alternatively, check the councilâ€™s social media (website, Facebook or Twitter).