NEPP have considered it appropriate to publish further information for the benefit of residents and businesses concerning the recent introduction of the permit scheme in Forest Road, High Beech Road and Smarts Lane, Loughton. This forms the permit scheme 'Zone L3'. We have provided a background to the scheme and why it has been introduced, as well as clarifying details on the reasoning behind a trial being carried out which will look at the possible long-term impact of businesses being offered a permit.
Due to the amount of information we are providing, we have split this into sections which can be found below, including answers to questions that we have been asked. If you have any further questions once the information below has been considered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, entitling the email "Loughton Parking Scheme L3" and we will endeavour to answer your queries further.
***UPDATE - 30th AUGUST 2018***
NEPP are advertising proposed changes to the Traffic Regulation Order following the business permit trial that has been carried out since December 2017.
In summary, these changes seek to increase the size of the current zone to incorporate further areas of parking that previously were not available to residents. The trial to issue a maximum of 20 business permits has been largely successful as sufficient parking availability remains on a daily basis. Therefore, we are proposing to issue a maximum of 20 business permits within this scheme. The additional parking spaces made available at the High Road end of Forest Road and at the top end of Smarts Lane should mean that the impact on residents of permanent business permits being issued is therefore negated.
All the related documents concerning this proposal are provided below - including the Notice of Intention which details fully the proposed changes - and maps to show this visually.
We encourage both objections and comments in favour of the proposals be submitted to us. How to submit these are contained at the bottom of the Notice of Intention, however if you would like any guidance on this, please call us on 01206 282316 and we will be happy to advise you further.
The original reasons for the scheme were to reduce parking “assumed by non-residents associated with the nearby tube station and town”.
The history of the scheme is that it was advertised to include residents and their visitors, local business permits and their visitors’ parking. However the business-related parking was removed when the consultation was considered with some objections received. This was so that the scheme could have the Order Made and implemented..
The Manager’s recommendation, on passing the scheme to the Chair of the Committee to consider under delegations, therefore took into consideration the needs of local residents via the local Councillor, but also held that that business permits may be reconsidered at some stage in the future.
29/10/2015 - 60061 Smarts Lane/Forest Road/High Beech Road – Loughton Resident Parking Deferred
'Deferred' means that the scheme would be considered further at a later date.
Following a request for parking restrictions, a scheme presented to the Joint Committee on 17 March 2016.
Survey work carried out at the time of the application indicated up to 29 spaces were available for use by non-residents.
17/03/2016 - 60061 Smarts Lane/Forest Road/High Beech Road – Loughton Resident Permit Approved
A scheme was then designed for advertising.
The Joint Committee Report recognising the advertising of the scheme is here.
Amendment Order 9 received Objections and as a result was split into two parts. Part 1 relating to other roads was implemented, and Part 2 was deferred awaiting the resolution of Objections.
The Notice of Intention allowed business permits to be issued, however after consideration of the objections the Order was altered to exclude businesses, in line with the delegated decision – which was to not allow Business Permits at the start of the scheme (in order to assess again the amount of space available).
Redacted objector notes have been provided in the 'Relevant Documents' section at the bottom of this page.
The Objections were considered under delegated powers – the 'Chairman’s Action' under delegated powers, to progress Part 2, is given here.
The Joint Committee Report recognising the whole operational scheme is here.
Information concerning the changes was described on the 'Has Made Notice', although there is some argument as to whether the reduction of business permits was a substantive change to what was proposed.
The L3 permit zone became operational on 25/09/2017, with business permits being excluded at that time due to objections and other comments that were received during the advertising process concerning space limitations and that change from the advertised scheme was made under delegated powers.
All business permit applications were initially refused in order that the take up of resident permits could be monitored to see if parking spaces within the permit area were remaining available during the day.
Following the sealing of the Order, both businesses and residents made representations against the decision not to allow business permits from the start of the scheme. Redacted correspondence from both businesses and residents have been provided in the 'Relevant Documents' section at the bottom of this page.
The current document archive is available at http://www1.parkingpartnership.org/north/policies-troproposals-archive under the drop-down link called “Archived Epping Forest Proposals Amendment Number 9”.
It does appear that a limited number of non-residential permits will be needed if the scheme is to be a long-term success. If the take-up of available on-street parking spaces remains below capacity, NEPP may investigate a trial during where businesses are offered some type of dispensation at a premium cost. At the end of any trial NEPP will be in a better position to make recommendations on how, or if, the scheme should progress.
As a result of petitioning, businesses have been offered applications for a 6 month trial where a number of dispensations (at a premium cost, already set out in the Order) would be made available, whilst the scheme is monitored. NEPP may offer Traders Permits, as set out in the terms already allowed within the Regulations. One trial dispensation has been offered to each business and this will be enforced strictly. The cost of these dispensations will mirror the price of Trader Permits as allowed within the current Traffic Regulation Order.
To date there has been a fairly limited demand - and only 14 applications have been received from businesses: -
**UPDATE**: 15 Business Dispensations have now been issued and this is now capped in order for us to assess the impact of those already issued. Further applications are no longer being invited.
High Beech Road
Following the conclusion of the trial, if it were decided that additional permits could be introduced, or if other significant changes are required, these will need to be formally advertised with residents being able to object or make other comments if they consider them appropriate.
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NEPP has a duty to manage the network to the benefit of all road users. NEPP is investigating the number and the availability of spaces in the streets, locally and at all times.
The way that most parking schemes work is to introduce regulations which restrict all parking and then allow certain types or classes of vehicle the ability to park, by exempting them from the regulations in various ways.
The addition of new regulations, or changing or adding substantial wording where or if different wording is needed in the Order, constitutes a Variation. There is a process for that which the council always follows.
There is no precedent to provide parking for residents; instead the management of the highway and kerbside flows from the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Traffic Management Act 2004.