Epping, Essex

Haynes New Homes



Prepare an Outline Planning Application for 62 new homes and associated infrastructure


The Site is situated in a village of Thornwood north of Epping  with good connections to the M11, M25 and London  (by road, rail and underground). Working closely with Epping Forest District Council and their Quality Review Panel (QRP), the initial concept of ‘ Village grouped around a green’ (top image) was revisited over eight iterations to reach the final design (centre image) which has a much more compact  and dense urban form than the original scheme.


The challenge was to balance the requirements of the Essex Design Guide, specifically how analysis of the surrounding settlement  influences the layout, with the requirements of the Council and its QRP.

Part of the site is allocated for development but the number of homes and the associated open space, surface water drainage, access and retention of trees was not achievable within the boundary of the allocation. Part of the proposed layout sits outside that boundary.


The site will deliver 62 new homes, of which 40% will be affordable. The gross area of the site is 4.2 hectares. The open space, including detention basin is 1.9 hectares.


The application was submitted in February 2022

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