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Greens call for social housing before more retirement homes in Waltham Abbey

A proposed plan for new retirement homes to be built on part of the Waltham Abbey Tesco car park has been criticised by the local Green Party.

Dave Plummer, the Green Party’s Waltham Abbey Town Coordinator, said,

‘With over 1,500 applications on the District Council’s housing register, over 700 applicants waiting five years for a one bedroom flat and only 300 new council homes proposed over the next ten years it’s clear that we need more social housing before retirement homes.’

‘We also have concerns over Waltham Abbey’s infrastructure, with our overstretched GP surgeries and lamentable public transport provision being two major issues which affect older people locally.’

The preliminary proposals from McCarthy & Stone are currently at the start of a public consultation process.

This is the full email sent to McCarthy and Stone:

Dear McCarthy and Stone,

I’m writing on behalf of Epping Forest Green Party with reference to your preliminary proposal to build retirement homes on part of the Tesco car park in Waltham Abbey.

Unfortunately, I’ll be unable to attend your sessions on Friday 12th January 2018 as they are being held during working hours.

Regarding the preliminary proposal itself, we don’t feel that this would be an appropriate development, partly as it wouldn’t address Epping Forest’s most pressing housing needs and partly as Waltham Abbey doesn’t have the infrastructure to support the residents.

Housing need

  • As of 2017 Q2 there were 1518 applicants on Epping Forest District Council’s housing register
  • As of 16/10/2017 there were 776 applicants on the register waiting for a one bedroom property.
  • The average waiting time for an applicant in Band C for a one bedroom property is currently 5 years.
  • Epping Forest District Council has committed to building just 300 new council homes over the next ten years. It’s clear that we need more social housing. Epping Forest Green Party believes that any new housing developments should prioritise addressing this need, particularly socially rented one bedroom flats, ahead of other housing provision.


  • Waltham Abbeys health services, particularly GP surgeries, are over-capacity. Frequently there are no appointments available for over a week.
  • The nearest hospitals are in Harlow and Epping, both poorly served by public transport
  • Public transport provision is generally poor in Waltham Abbey

There is a real need for more housing in Waltham Abbey, and provision of such will be mandated by the Local Plan, but we don’t believe that retirement homes address that need.

Should a planning application be submitted our elected councillors will consider the application on its own merits and without prejudice.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Plummer

Waltham Abbey Greens video update – October 2017

A bit longer than intended but there was a lot to fit in.

Topics include:

  • Buses – the 13/13A and 250/251
  • Litter
  • Planning power grab on the District Council
  • Waltham Abbey Town Centre
  • Local Green Party events

Waltham Abbey Town Council rejects Crown Hill Garden Centre development

Epping Forest Green Party has welcomed Waltham Abbey Town Council’s Planning Committee decision to reject a proposal for a 21 home development on the Crown Hill Garden Centre. Continue reading Waltham Abbey Town Council rejects Crown Hill Garden Centre development

Hillhouse Masterplan published

Epping Forest District Council has published the Hillhouse Masterplan, which details the proposed development on the Ninefields estate.

Many local residents have raised concerns about the proposed development when visiting our Sun Street stall.

We’ll review the plans and comment more fully in due course.

You can download the masterplan here (.pdf, 2.9mb): Hillhouse Masterplan
The Epping Forest District Council press statement is here: