2 March 2013
[posted 4th March] Judging is on 19th July. Information and Entry Form Deadline Expires for "Helsenham" Opposition [posted 10 June
Preliminary Planning Application at Walpole Farm
17 February 2013
UTT/13/0101/SCO: Mixed development of up to 200 homes, up to 2,500 sqm of B1 floor space with areas of public open space, landscaping, parking , footpath links and new access. Search in
Parish to Determine Response to Bentfield Green Houses
10 February 2013
At the Full Council Meeting on Wednesday 13th Feb. the parish's response to Taylor Wimpey's plan for 170 homes, on 13 Hectares West of Bentfield Green, will be discussed. The building plan will be submitted for planning approval in the spring, at which point UDC will seek the Parish Council's views.
25 July 2014
Next Full Council Meeting: 30 July 2014 in the Day Centre.
Stop Stansted Expansion offers guidance on NATS aircraft route changes:
Submission of Local Plan by UDC to the Secretary of State
On the 4th July 2014 the District Council submitted its Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for examination, via the Planning Inspectorate. The Notice of Submission link below explains how you can view the submitted documents and what the next steps are.
The submission includes 2,200 houses between Elsenham and Henham. The previous application for 800 houses on the same site, recommended for approval by officers but rejected by the Planning Committee, is the subject of an appeal by the developer which will be heard in September.
Summer Fayre - 5th July, Station Road.
Barclays to Open Weekly Pop-Up Bank in the Day Centre from 27th June.
Following closure of the branch on 20th June, Barclays is offering a 4-hour Fridays trial scheme lasting six week to assist customers with the variety of services offered by the bank read more...
Parish Chair Geoffrey Sell Stands Down after 8 Years
[posted 23 May] Long Standing Parish Council Chairman, Geoffrey Sell announced his decision to stand down at the Annual Parish Meeting on 8th May after eight years of valuable service to the community. The new chair of the PC is Maureen Caton. His comments on the occasion can be read in the Bishops Stortford Observer Article of 15th May. read more.
Geoffrey Sell with the incoming Chair, Maureen Caton
Farnham School Staying Put
[June 16] The governors of Farnham Primary School have decided not to expand into the former St. Mary's School in Stansted. This will leave Essex C.C. with the task of refurbishing the building for exclusive use by Stansted Village & environs to accommodate the rapidly rising number of entrants. The work required includes renewal of central heating and electrics to latest standards, but there is no intention to change the basic room layout or increase the floor area. At a public meeting earlier in the year, ECC officers said the costs could reach about £450k for Health and Safety Issues and £750k for Infrastructure in order to accommodate 120 children.
Primary Care Centre Inching Closer
Update 1 June: Some final issues between the WECCG and the current Stansted PCT, are close to resolution and the site in Lower Street will shortly be transferred to the building contractor.
[posted 12 Mar] Dr Christopher Leeman and Dr Sue Humphrey, GPs at the existing Stansted Surgery, West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG), NHS England and NHS Property Services have now reached agreement on the final business case. The project will move to demolition of existing buildings in April and construction starting early summer 2014. read more
Winter Fayre: 5-6th December 2014
This event will be held in Crafton Green Car Park this year.
West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group Seeks Volunteers
[posted 11 May] Would you like to help shape your NHS in west Essex? Have you experienced health and care services in West Essex? If not yourself, perhaps there’s a loved one, someone you care for, or a community you can speak on behalf of? Read more...
Mass Village Action Call Over Barclays' Stansted Bank Closure.
[posted 24 April] The Parish Council has been doing its best to exert pressure on Barclay’s Bank to reconsider its decision to close their branch in the village but unfortunately we have had no indication they are prepared to compromise in any way on their plan.
To have any chance of getting Barclay’s to compromise we feel that they need evidence that the Parish Council’s line is supported by the local community. We have seen in other campaigns that concerted opposition to a proposal in the form of a mass letter writing to senior staff can pay dividends.
Download the full message (Word Doc) containing suggested items for inclusion: Statement from the Parish Clerk
West Essex Children's Support Service to Close
[posted 22 April] The Local Authority carried out a formal consultation in the Autumn Term 2013 on proposals to close the West Essex Children’s Support Service with effect from 31st August 2014. Following the completion of the consultation process and the decision by Cabinet to proceed with the proposal to close the LA sought the agreement of the Secretary of State for Education in line with the required process for a pupil referral unit in special measures. The Secretary of State has given his permission to close with effect from 31st August and the closure process is now in effect. Officers are making arrangements for all pupils affected by the closure and will meet with their parents to discuss the transition to new provision in September 2014
Uttlesford Approves Local Plan, Tues. 8th April.
[posted 8 April] The draft local plan was approved by 23 votes to 14 at the UDC Council meeting on 8th April, against much barracking from members of the public, who were threatened with removal from the chamber. The plan will now go to a pre-submission consultation for six weeks in April-June and will be submitted to the government inspector in July for approval by the Autumn. If approved the plan will be adopted in Spring 2015. Comments submitted during the consultation period will all be taken into account by the inspector. A link to an audio record of the meeting can be found at
3.4 Ha of land around Foresthall School is earmarked for education, Crafton Green earmarked for commercial redevelopment, small scale commercial development around Sworders. read more...
Foresthall Sch. Crafton Green
A North-East Bypass for Stansted ?
The aim is to limit congestion on Grove Hill, Lower Street and Chapel Hill in the event of significant housing expansion in Elsenham and shift it to Cambridge Road. See Appendix D, circa p 128, of the Uttlesford Draft Local Plan Highways Impact
Exit Barclays, Enter Sainsburys Local.
Information obtained by District Councilor Alan Dean is that the building was sold by Barclays to Mr Hagon 8 years ago and leased back for a 25 year period. Mr Hagon was apparently unaware of the transfer of the lease to Sainsbury.
and Barclays Strategy:
Stop Stansted Expansion Calls for Independent Noise Watchdog
ECC Consultation on Moving Farnham Primary School to St. John's Road, Stansted.
[posted 26 Feb] Essex County Council and the Governing Body of the Farnham & Rickling Federation of Church of England Schools have commenced a public consultation on linked proposals to relocate Farnham CE Primary to St John’s Road, Stansted and enlarge the school from 56 to 210 places on a phased basis, with effect from 1 September 2015. Comments will be received up to 4th May.
Make Comments on the E. Herts District Plan
[posted 7 March] The consultation runs from 27th Feb for 12 weeks; the housebuilding near Tesco will impact Stansted Parish from the south on the A120 due to increased road traffic. Links to the consultation can be found at www.eastherts.gov.uk/districtplan
Work starts on Demolition & Rebuild of Mead Court