COMMENT: A decision to build hundreds of homes in Fairfield, Elsenham spells trouble for Stansted Mountfitchet, says Councillor Geoffrey Sell. 

The Parish Council is extremely disappointed that despite its representations together with Elsenham and Henham Parish Councils, the Planning Inspector has allowed plans for 350 new homes and a primary school on land close to Henham Road.

We agree with the comments of Nick Baker, chairman of Henham Parish Council, who stated that: 

The developer plans to put all the traffic from the development through Stansted Mountfitchet via Grove Hill, Lower Street and Chapel Hill. This route is absolutely notorious as a bottleneck locally.”


Sadly sights like these are likely to become more common in the village.

The decision by the inspector ends an 18-year fight which has seen two previous appeals rejected by the Planning Inspectorate. 

Further bad news has come with the decision by a planning inspector to allow the development of up to 99 houses off Isabel Drive and Stansted Road, Elsenham. Worryingly, in his judgement the inspector stated: “Elsenham has seen a significant expansion of committed sites in recent years however past delivery should not be taken as a cap on any future development.” 

He also stated: It is not the responsibility of the developer to resolve existing problems with highway capacity or remedy poor driver judgement.” 

Clearly Elsenham is a village under siege from speculative development. What happens there – only two miles from Stansted – has significant implications for our community. 

Until Uttlesford has an agreed local plan and can demonstrate a fiveyear housing supply we are all extremely vulnerable.