*** UPDATE APRIL 2023 ***
The Harlow Alliance Party wrote to the Secretary of State in October 2021 and again in March 2023. In the response to the latter a representative from his Department said that as the Planning Inspector appointed to look at the Local Development Plan of Epping Forest DC has signed it off as acceptable in terms of the law, the Minister was unable to intervene. He went on to say that the only action HAP could now take was to seek a Judicial Review in the High Court. Such action would be very costly and if HAP lost the case then we would have to meet the legal costs of EFDC as well as our own.
We have done our best these last four years but cannot take the matter any further. We will however look closely at the Planning Applications when they come forward to ensure they meet the obligations given by the developers in the past.
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