North Weald development plans to be exhibited

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Plans will retain aviation at North Weald airfield and see new houses built Plans will retain aviation at North Weald airfield and see new houses built

The development options for a village and historic airfield will be exhibited later this month.

The event will show the findings from a planning study commissioned by Epping Forest District Council for the future of North Weald Bassett and North Weald Airfield.

A decision to build homes on part of the airfield, while retaining aviation at the site, was made in August.

A public consultation event took place in January attended by 85 residents, business owners and landowners.

The group shared their views on potential job creation, community services, provision of open space and the village character, among other issues.

Councillor Richard Bassett, planning portfolio holder for the district council, said: “The initial consultation was incredibly successful.

“Residents, business people and airfield users all sat down with our planning experts to talk through the options.

“We listened hard but we are not rushing it and want to talk to everyone one more time.”

The study began in November and aims to identify green belt areas for the long term, the phasing of the developments and where any housing can be built along with the associated infrastructure.

An estimated 10,000 homes are to be built in the district in the next 20 years under the Local Plan.

The exhibition will take place on June 28 at North Weald Village Hall in High Road, between 11am and 3pm.

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