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Government Consultations

Consultation on defining and managing Starter Homes


25 pages with 17 questions.  Downloadable PDF at

Rural Planning Consultation


Produced by DCLG and DEFRA seeking views on more changes to planning regime re housing pressures on rural areas.  17 pages.  Residents’ questions at Annex C.  Downloadable PDF at then complete form at or email responses to

TBAG Fundraising Evening – a resounding success!

Our fundraising evening in the Theydon Bois Balti House on Monday 27th April was a complete ‘sell out’ and a resounding success thanks to all of those who came along to show their support for TBAG and appreciation of our lovely village and precious Green Belt surroundings.

Our special thanks go to Atique and all of his staff in the Balti House for hosting the event and for providing such delicious food at two full sittings. It gave residents and supporters a chance to enjoy a first class meal in very pleasant surroundings, chat with friends and join in a real community event. There were many compliments about the food and suggestions that this should become a regular TBAG event. We shall bear it in mind!

During the evening, a very successful raffle was held and we would like to give our special thanks to all of those local businesses and individuals who donated such generous prizes. There were some unique and interesting works of art, theatre tickets, vouchers for local businesses, several consumable luxuries and various other unusual but useful gifts.

All in all it was a very enjoyable evening and, thanks to the efforts of all involved, TBAG managed to raise over £2,000 towards their fighting fund. A heartfelt Thank You to everyone for your ongoing support of our voluntary work on behalf of all of the village.



As you will be aware, the most imminent threat to the village from development is the proposed car park on Green Belt land by Transport for London (TfL).  Why is this a threat?  Not only is the site squarely within the London Metropolitan Green Belt and a car park would not normally be considered ‘exceptional circumstances’ for development here, but more importantly it would represent the first significant breach of the ‘Urban Edge’ (a planning term) of the village which is delineated by the railway lines.  If the Green Belt to the east of the railway lines is allowed to be developed, Theydon Bois can expect more than a few planning applications from our old friends on Old Foresters and Blunts Farm to name just two.

As ever, the situation is not so clear cut.  This is not just another full planning application that TBAG are resisting as we would normally.  TfL is attempting to develop the car park using Permitted Development rights conferred on them by Victorian Railway Acts, the detail of which has expired.  TBAG has already taken legal advice which indicates that TfL do not have those Permitted Development rights as they had not previously allocated or developed the land in question for railway operations use.  The TBAG Committee is therefore taking legal advice with a view to considering an action for Judicial Review of the decision taken by Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) to consider the application for prior approval (of permitted development) to be a valid one.

While TBAG has some fighting funds available, legal assistance is expensive.  To date, we have already spent £2,700 to get to our present position.  In addition, we also have to consider our financial position in the event of a lost review and the consequential costs that would arise from the defending party.

And for anyone who might feel that we need more parking space for the station, consider this: TfL have already put forward the existing Car Park and the Balti House Restaurant site, both brown field sites, under EFDC’s Call for Sites exercise as being suitable for housing development.  So the development will likely not amount to additional parking but replacement parking which will also greatly affect the rural environment on the east of the railway.  As ever, keep an eye on our website for more detail and up to date information.

TBAG NEEDS YOU! Please consider making a donation to our current fighting fund.  All proceeds will go towards our legal expenses.  The TBAG Committee are Theydon resident volunteers and do not charge for their time in administering this or any of the work that they do.  We do it, as our logo says, to protect the village of Theydon Bois.  Donations can be made as follows:  Cheques (made payable to Theydon Bois Action Group) or cash may be dropped in to the village Post Office and left with the staff. Please put it in an envelope marked TBAG. Or email us via the website or reply to this mailing to arrange for your donation to be collected. We also hope to be holding fundraising curry nights in the Balti House very soon and will be in touch again with the details.

Huge thanks go to our village Post Office for agreeing to help with this fundraiser and thanks to you too reader for your continued support.

Blunts Farm Development – Appeal Dismissed

TBAG are delighted to announce the decision of the Government Planning Inspectorate Inspector, Mr William Fieldhouse, to dismiss the application for the demolition of agricultural buildings and erection of four ‘executive’ dwelling houses on this Metropolitan Green Belt farm site. The Inspector confirmed that the lawful use of the site is agricultural and commented that “it seems clear that the appellant has no intention of using his land for that purpose.” TBAG has been of the same mind for several years now. Read the full Decision here.