Hearings into a document that will irreversibly transform the face of the district have begun.

At 10am this morning Cllr John Philip, Epping Forest District Council's planning portfolio holder, addressed a crowded hall at the Civic Offices in Epping.

His introductory speech marked the beginning of a heavy schedule of hearings in which planning Inspector Louise Phillips will examine the soundness of the Local Plan.

She will hear from residents, property developers and other stakeholders and determine whether the 11,400 home proposals are sound.

The hearings can be followed online through the council's webcast.

To watch live click here.