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Essex Planning Officers Association (EPOA)

The EPOA represents 12 Local Planning Authorities in Essex, as well as two unitary authorities (Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea). Heads of planning departments from the authorities meet several times a year to discuss planning issues affecting the whole of Essex, and produce planning guidance documents, some of which are available to download from this website.

For further information about the EPOA please contact the Chairman:

Graham Thomas
Head of Planning
Essex County Council
County Hall,
Market Road,
Chelmsford, Essex,
CM1 1QH

Tel: 03330 130453
Email: graham.thomas@essex.gov.uk

Minutes from EPOA meetings can be downloaded from this website (please click on the EPOA minutes link in the menu at the top of the page). Information and minutes from the various sub-groups of the EPOA is available via links in the menu on the left.

EPOA guidance documents are also available to download from the EPOA guidance documents link in the menu at the top of the page, and information about the Essex Design Guide (an EPOA document) can be accessed from the Essex Design Guide page of the EDI website, from where the document can either be purchased or downloaded as a PDF.
 

Response to MHCLG on proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework - May 2018

The EPOA has made the following strategic response to the MHCLG consultation on proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that was initially introduced in 2012.

Response to the DCLG Changes to Statutory Consultee consultation - January 2015

The EPOA has made the following response to the recent DCLG consultation on further changes to the statutory consultee arrangements for the planning application process.

Response to the recent Defra consultation on 'Delivering Sustainable Drainage Systems' - October 2014

The EPOA has made the following response to the recent Defra consultation on 'Delivering Sustainable Drainage Systems'. This Defra consultation document set out an alternative approach to the one envisaged in Flood and Water Management Act 2010 to deliver effective sustainable drainage systems that will be maintained for the lifetime of the developments they serve. The Government now wished to consult on delivering sustainable drainage systems through changes to the current planning regime.

                                          Essex Planning Officers Association (EPOA)
Essex Planning Officers Association (EPOA)