An historic legacy

Threatened by commercial interests

A wildlife haven

With woodland and watercourses


The proposed changes and how they will affect Waltham Abbey.

Visitor Attraction

Award winning visitor attraction and education facility in danger of closing.

History and heritage

An historic legacy under threat with public access denied.

Woodlands & wildlife

A SSSI and SAM site with woodland and wildlife that needs protection.

Latest News

  • An open statement from the RGM Operating Company Board

    A meeting was held 23 May 2017 between trustees of WARGM Company Limited (‘Company’) and WARGM Charitable Foundation Limited (‘Foundation’)
    at which the Company learned the following:.* The Foundation will not now proceed with the planning appeal.* PGL have decided not to […]

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  • Decision made to appeal

    The Foundation Trust / PGL have decided to appeal the Planning refusal by Epping Forest District Council, and some details can be found here:
    https://acp. ViewCase.aspx?Caseid=3164818& CoID=0
    There are also two new documents at the top of the EFDC Planning Documents list:
    00532503: […]

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  • EFDC rejects PGL plans

    A great result! At the meeting of the full Epping Forest District Council on Monday the 6th of June, the planning application was comprehensively rejected by a majority of 26 against versus 18 for.
    Our grateful thanks again to all those councillors who have […]

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  • Extraordinary Meeting – Epping Forest District Council

    Following the District Development Management Committee’s meeting on 20th April, the planning application – although approved by just one vote – will go forward to an Extraordinary Meeting of the full Epping Forest District Council on 6th June. The meeting starts at 7.30pm, […]

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  • Epping Forest District Council discuss PGL plans

    The Planning Application relating to the Royal Gunpowder Mills is to be considered (among other items) on Wednesday 20th April, starting at 7.30pm by the District Development Management Committee of Epping Forest District Council, at the Council Chamber in the Civic Offices, High St., […]

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  • Extended deadline

    Epping Forest Planning Dept. has advised that the absolute latest date for submitting comments on the Planning Application is 13th March. The comments link on the planning application web site is no longer there so if you want to send your comment […]

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  • Reminder: Comments/objections deadline

    Please note that the deadline for comments or objections on the PGL Planning Application has been changed to 6 February 2016.
    Epping Forest District Council may accept submissions after this date, but to ensure your comments are looked at and taken into consideration […]

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  • The plans are in

    The proposed plans for the PGL development at The Royal Gunpowder Mills site in Waltham Abbey are now available online. The plans can be viewed on the Epping Forest District Council’s website.  Note that the consultation expires on 1 February.
    Click here […]

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  • Petition calls for consultation on RGM plans

    A petition signed by over 800 people has been handed in to Epping Forest District Council’s planning department calling on RGM to stop the proposed development with PGL.  Read more in The Epping Forest Guardian.
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  • In the news…

    The following article appeared in the Epping Forest Guardian this week.

    The article highlights the importance of the public meeting that is due to take place at the Town Hall on 1 December from 7.30pm.  This meeting has been organised by […]

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Have your say!

How do you feel the redevelopment of The Mills and the arrival of PGL?

I'm unhappy to hear about this. If the Mills go it will rip the heart out of Waltham Abbey and the historic legacy of the town. This development needs to be stopped right now.

John, Waltham Abbey resident

As a volunteer at the Mills I think this development spells the end of the visitor attraction. As the town's greatest asset it will be devastating to see it go. There are other ways to keep the site open but the powers that be are not interested.

Gunpowder Mills volunteer of 8 years

I visit the place every year with my family and we love it for the nature and wildlife. Where will all the deer go? Will they be culled? What about the other animals that live there?

Season Ticket Holder.