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Epping Forest
Local Plan Support

DAC Planning assisted Epping Forest District Council from 2016 to 2019 in the production of their Draft Local Plan, whilst also working closely with colleagues in neighbouring local authorities to develop plans for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. 


Local Plan

We supported Council officers with all aspects of the production of the Local Plan and evidence base.  

Developer Forums

We established Developer Forums for the District and the Garden Town.


We helped establish a new ‘Implementation Team’ within the Council, funded largely through the introduction of Planning Performance Agreements.

Strategic Masterplans

We established  requirements for Strategic Masterplans to be produced through partnership working between site promoters and the Council.

Neighbourhood Plans

We provided oversight, support and guidance to all Neighbourhood Plans emerging in the District. 

Independent Examination

We supported the Council during the Examination process, including the production of written submissions and representation at hearings.


Following a lengthy and complicated Independent Examination the Epping Forest District Local Plan was adopted by the Council in 2023, providing the Council with an up to date five year land supply and enabling the future planning of the District to be taken through a plan-led approach.

The high quality work for the Council has considerably strengthened the Council’s ability to effectively maximise developer contributions arising from development proposals associated with the emerging Local Plan... David was also instrumental in establishing an implementation team."

Epping Forest District Council

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