HJA has been commissioned by Epping Forest District Council to develop the employment and economic aspects of its Local Plan. This has involved taking an evidence-based approach to the development of employment aspirations and plans for the District. We have drawn on background technical work, undertaken extensive stakeholder consultations, and developed economic modelling for future growth in the local area. We have made extensive use of the East of England Forecasting Model (EEFM), which is used as a common economic growth forecasting resource by all of the local authorities in the East of England. Future growth in Epping Forest District is driven by both urban and rural factors, including its position on the edge of the London conurbation and consequential commuting, its established rural economy, and the aspirational growth plans of adjacent places such as the new town of Harlow. Environmental constraints and development opportunities need to be balanced in the rural parts of the District. Our work will inform the future allocation of employment land in the District.
Our work is leading to well evidenced and robust economic and employment policies in the Local Plan. These will be tested through the Local Plan Examination process.