Elsenham & Henham – Uttlesford Local Plan

In recent years, Elsenham village in Essex has seen significant growth. The village of Henham is next to Elsenham. Under the 2014 rejected Local Plan a ‘village extension’ to Elsenham would have in effect joined the two villages.

From 2007 to 2012, Uttlesford District Council promoted Elsenham and Henham as their preferred site for a village extension/new settlement for the majority of new housing in the district. In December 2014 the Local Plan Inspector rejected UDC’s draft Local Plan with a significant factor being the unsound and unsustainable location of this new settlement.

2015 new Local Plan Context

After their draft Local Plan was rejected, Uttlesford District Council started a new Local Plan process in 2015. The start of the process included a ‘call for sites’. This asked all landowners and developers to come forward with land that they’d like to develop within the Local Plan period. In effect this means between now and 2033. There are a surplus of potential development sites across the district, so the council will consult and consider which ones it wishes to include as part of its Local Plan.

Development Sites Being Considered

Below are the possible new (2015) Local Plan sites in Elsenham and Henham.

Elsenham & Henham Possible Local Plan Sites

Download maps, details and housing numbers for each site (source UDC, 2015):

Download UDC’s assessment of the suitability of each site (SLLA, 22 Feb 2016):

More Information

Key Planning Applications

See the Planning Applications section for all major planning applications.

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