BUCKHURST HILL: Bid to protect historic town centre launched

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Residents are campaigning to establish a conservation area in Queens Road Residents are campaigning to establish a conservation area in Queens Road

A CONSERVATION area must be established in a historic town centre in order to protect it from developers, according to residents.

A bid to demolish a 19th Century house in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, and replace it with a modern home was blocked by Epping Forest District Council at a hearing on June 20.

Residents and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council joined forces to oppose the proposal from Dr Sabu Jacob, saying the distinct character of area must be preserved.

Now there are calls to establish a conservation area in Queens Road, which would place tight controls on developers.

The Buckhurst Hill Residents Society (BHRS) and members of the Parish Council are to meet at the end of July to discuss the issue and formulate a strategy.

Tony Oliva, BHRS chairman, said: “It is amazing that at present no part of Buckhurst Hill is a conservation area.

“It means that out historical buildings currently have no protection.

“In theory, whole roads could be knocked down and replaced with modern buildings.

“If we want to protect the atmosphere of the area the only way we can do that is to apply for a conservation area.

He said that the group had been galvanised into action by the fight over the Queens Road property.

He added: “It just crystallised out conviction that we had to have some legal protection against the danger of something like that happening again. Buckhurst Hill Parish Councillor Gavin Chambers has been closely involved with plans to establish a conservation area.

He said: “I agree that Queens Road may indeed be a good option but there are many other areas worthy of consideration.

“The residents have worked extremely hard over the last year in securing open spaces for Buckhurst hill and a conservation area project seem the next sensible step to take with the correct consultation process.”

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6:46pm Fri 24 Jun 11

hursthill says...

Too little too late !
Last week they knocked down the old Baptist church in Queens Rd. Walk down Queens Rd & you will see plenty of estate agents boards advertising development opportunities.
Too little too late ! Last week they knocked down the old Baptist church in Queens Rd. Walk down Queens Rd & you will see plenty of estate agents boards advertising development opportunities. hursthill
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1:26pm Sat 25 Jun 11

michou says...

Well hursthill it is never too late we hope. But one wonders what the expensive Parish Council we fund has been doing all these years that there is no conservation area designated in Buckurst Hill - there are a number in Loughton. In the last month residents had to lobby the Parish Council to defend the continuance of the Open Space Group which also wants to start working on the designation of conservation areas - this is the only group which involves local residents and which has been successfully led by Cllr Gavin Chambers. It was preserved because of lobbying but with the proviso that except from use of meeting space the Parish Council would refuse to put any financial resources or administration into it - Thank you BHPC for your indifference to the historical heritage of our lovely areas and do carry on looking after your own self -defined priorities whilst developers rampage through the area.
And Hursthill I am sure you can get involved in the fight back if you are interested.
Well hursthill it is never too late we hope. But one wonders what the expensive Parish Council we fund has been doing all these years that there is no conservation area designated in Buckurst Hill - there are a number in Loughton. In the last month residents had to lobby the Parish Council to defend the continuance of the Open Space Group which also wants to start working on the designation of conservation areas - this is the only group which involves local residents and which has been successfully led by Cllr Gavin Chambers. It was preserved because of lobbying but with the proviso that except from use of meeting space the Parish Council would refuse to put any financial resources or administration into it - Thank you BHPC for your indifference to the historical heritage of our lovely areas and do carry on looking after your own self -defined priorities whilst developers rampage through the area. And Hursthill I am sure you can get involved in the fight back if you are interested. michou
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10:55am Sun 26 Jun 11

UKIP-local says...

I cannot see the point of conservation areas and green belt and the like.

In Epping we have a long established Metropolitan Green Belt area and planning policies against its development. We have planning policies against developing adjacent to Conservation Areas but still a developer, supported by a tax-payer funded housing association, have applied to build 62 houses on it.

The application has been running for 7 months but still no hearing and still the applicant is being allowed to add additional material to their application.

My advice is to establish the conservation area if it amuses you but do not put much hope in the outcome if a planning application is made.

We have hundreds of thousands of new residents each year in the UK and many of them in the South East. They have to live somewhere and politicians see no natural limit to the population of the UK.
I cannot see the point of conservation areas and green belt and the like. In Epping we have a long established Metropolitan Green Belt area and planning policies against its development. We have planning policies against developing adjacent to Conservation Areas but still a developer, supported by a tax-payer funded housing association, have applied to build 62 houses on it. The application has been running for 7 months but still no hearing and still the applicant is being allowed to add additional material to their application. My advice is to establish the conservation area if it amuses you but do not put much hope in the outcome if a planning application is made. We have hundreds of thousands of new residents each year in the UK and many of them in the South East. They have to live somewhere and politicians see no natural limit to the population of the UK. UKIP-local
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