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The current picture shows Epsom High Street with poppies on the lampposts to commemorate the start of the Great War 100 years ago.
In 2017 the Epsom Local Plan is being reviewed, and the outcome will decide the planning and development policies to be applied to all planning applications in the Borough over the next fifteen to twenty years or more – so it really matters.
Epsom Civic Society has the opportunity to influence the review and put forward our views as to what should and should not happen in our town in planning terms – what we want to encourage as well as discourage. To help your committee in this task we are seeking the views of members and residents who care about their town and want it to remain a nice place to live and work.
To this end, we are holding an Open Meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd March at Christ Church Hall, Epsom Common, to which all members and interested residents are invited to hear the story so far and give their responses to the various issues raised.
Please join us at the meeting if you can – bring your friends. The meeting is open to all, not just ECS members, since both the Society and the Borough want as much feedback from the public as possible during the consultation phase which is planned for later in 2017.
The meeting will be led by those on the Committee with planning experience, and our aims are to help you to understand the review process & timetable, the significance of the finished Local Plan, the issues which are being considered in the review and the documents that form part of the review.
We hope this will enable those who attend to respond directly to the Borough Council during the Consultation, and we shall be asking attendees for their initial views on those topics that the Society’s Committee view as most significant and/or contentious.
In addition, as a result of attending the meeting you will also be better informed as to how to express your views most effectively regarding any current or future planning applications which affect you locally.
Should you not know where Christ Church Hall is, click here for its location.
A brief history of the Society follows.
The Society was founded in 1959 as the Epsom Protection Society, at a time when many historic and architecturally valuable buildings and houses in Epsom and Ewell were being threatened by developers. Then, our primary role was to halt the destruction of Epsom’s heritage and to ensure that new development was compatible with the traditional character of the town.
In 2011, our name was changed to Epsom Civic Society. Our purpose continues to be to protect the heritage of Epsom and to encourage high standards of new planning and building; but the change of name reflects the wider concerns of the Society to promote civic pride and to inspire progressive improvement in the quality of urban life for everyone.
The Society is a founder member of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement in England, and shares common aims with other civic societies.
- care about the surroundings – the places where people live and work and enjoy leisure
- want to find solutions to environmental problems
- wish to improve the fabric of the town for present and future generations
- help to safeguard the heritage and character of Epsom
- listen to the local community and campaign for their interests
- encourage high standards of planning, design and architecture in the built environment and the retention of open spaces
- aim to promote a sense of civic pride