Next campaign – how to submit an objection

The deadline for submitting comments to the application has passed but you can still send them in by post or email – we’ve been told that comments submitted after the deadline will still be considered. 

One of the things that puts people off submitting comments to planning applications is that the process appears complicated. Fortunately it’s not as difficult as it seems, it’s just that the information you need tends to be in different places which aren’t always obvious.

We’ve brought some of that information together. We hope you find it useful.

Where to send your objection

Objections should be submitted in writing by email or on paper to:

The Director of Planning and Economic Development,
Epping Forest District Council,
Civic Offices,
323 High Street,
Essex CM16 4BZ



(The online form expired 27/07/2018)

How to write your objection

Your correspondence should start with this text:

Planning Application: EPF/1413/18 – Dowding Way Waltham Abbey

Description of proposed development

Hybrid: Full planning application for erection of 1 no. warehouse with ancillary accommodation (Class B8), including access and servicing arrangements, car parking and landscaping, roof-mounted photovoltaic array and associated works including new vehicular access to A121 (phase 1), gatehouse and sprinkler tanks; outline planning application for up to 22,733 square metres (GIA) of employment floorspace (Classes B1(c), B2 and B8) with all matters reserved (phase 2)

Things to include

You’ll have your own reasons for objection to the Next.PLC development and should always try to keep your comments as relevant to your own circumstances as possible.

However, there are some common themes, including:

  • Loss of Green Belt land and wildlife habitat
  • Increased pressure on our roads, including up to 700 additional vehicle journeys per day
  • Impact on our town’s aspect to visitors, particularly those approaching via Sewardstone Road, the M25 and Dowding Way itself.

This guidance is from the Epping Forest District Council website. It’s mainly aimed at residential planning applications but many of the points are valid for commercial applications, such as the Next.PLC proposal, too:

By law, we can only take your objections into account if they address relevant planning considerations. Relevant considerations include:

  • Is the new building or proposed use appropriate to the area?
  • Is the appearance of the new building satisfactory?
  • Will the development cause pollution, noise, flooding or other environmental problems?
  • Will there be loss of light to important rooms?
  • Will the development overlook and create loss of privacy?
  • Will the building appear bulky, overbearing or out of scale with neighbouring properties?
  • Is road safety or public footpaths adversely affected?

In other words, will the development make the area a less pleasant place in which to live or work. Loss of value to your property, motives or circumstances of the applicant, or any impact upon private rights, covenants or matters covered by other legislation are not relevant planning considerations. Generally, we are not able to enter into correspondence about the issues you raise.

Please take the time to submit comments to the District Council, no matter how brief. Every objection will help.