News Lucton’s Field and the College Middle Site, Borders Lane
18 January 2019 Epping Forest College Middle Site, Borders Lane Fairview Homes is proposing
to provide 139 residential units in 3 buildings ranging from 3 to 5
storeys. The LRA Plans Group (LRAPG) wrote to residents near the site
to let them know what is proposed and to invite them to comment to the
District and Town Councils, and LRAPG. Among the concerns raised are
the effect on neighbouring residents, the inadequate level of
car-parking proposed, and the potential harm to the trees onsite and to
the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation.
LRAPG and the Town Council have put in objections to the proposal and many residents have also objected. (Application Number EPF/2905/19, comments closed)
We await proposals for buildings on Lucton’s Field (opposite the College).
Indeed, we were horrified by the
removal by the Conservative majority at the District Council of the
protective covenants on these sites, which we fought long and hard in
Developing the proposed sites would adversely affect
air quality in the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation (SAC) by
pollution from residents' cars, and would adversely add to the
recreational pressure on the SAC.
Luctons Field is an area of
valuable open grassland that has never been developed. It was a green
meadow till 1950, then a playing field. It contributes greatly to
The quality of life in St Mary's and
Alderton Wards would be impaired because there is insufficient
infrastructure for such a development:
There are no school places.
GP surgeries are already oversubscribed.
It would make the local parking problems and the crowding on the Central Line worse.
Trains are already overcrowded at Debden in the peak hours.
as an Association, LRA opposes all over-intensive development proposals
in Loughton. However, LRA councillors have to act separately from the
Association in relation to planning proposals because they have to take
planning decisions solely on the basis of the evidence presented at
planning committee meetings. However, when these proposals become a
formal planning application to the District Council, your councillors
will ask searching questions, and the LRA Plans Group will ask
residents for their views.