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Introduction to our Village

Henham remains a rural community although now perhaps better described as a 'community in a rural setting.' As with most other villages in the area, there are few whose income is dependant on the land and the majority of working residents travel away from the area to seek a living. However on the positive side we retain our own church, primary school, village shop with a post office, public house, village hall, church hall and community centre. Our population is approximately 1250 plus.

The history of Henham now has its own website at Click here.

Transport News
Road Closure Notices

Hall Road Closure: Abbotsford Bridge is on Hall Road about a quarter of a mile down from The Crown in Elsenham (going towards the Airport) and is in need of major structural repairs. ECC says the main works are to commence on 10th May and expect to take about six months to complete.

During this time ECC say that unfortunately a full closure of the road will be necessary.  
ECC has put up a webpage to provide details and updates here: 

For Trusty Bus updates impacted by the closure:

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Temporary Introduction of 20mph of Brick End Road, Henham & Brick End Road, Broxted and Church End Lane, Broxted due to commence on 6th June 2019 for 149 days. The speed limit is required due to safety concerns.

Intended closure of Dark Lane, due to commence on 26 September 2019 for 3 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes replacing warning sign works

Please check for the most up to date information

Visit the Essex Police website for their top five safety tips for a number of main crimes that are committed around this time of year:

For more information on Winter security click here

For more information on home security click here

For more information on vehicle security click here 

Village News

Fairfield - deadline for responses extended to 23rd September 2019 -
Parish Councils of Stansted, Elsenham, Henham and Ugley UTT/17/3573/OP 350 dwellings. Land to the North West of Henham Road, Elsenham

As residents may be aware Fairfield have applied to build 350 houses on land in the parishes of Henham and Elsenham with the main access route through Stansted Mountfitchet. The application is now out for consultation. Residents have until September 23rd to respond.
Fairfield’s attempts to build on land between Henham and Elsenham started in 2007 when they sought to build 3200 homes in the Local Plan. The JPCSG strongly opposed any development in this wholly unsuitable location and, over the next 10 years, fought off planning application after planning application, attending numerous UDC planning meetings, Government Inspectors’ hearings, Local Plan examinations and Secretary of State rulings. All these hearings were critical of the developments suggested, and they were all rejected.
In 2017, in a last effort, Fairfield submitted the present plan for 350 houses. It is this application that is now under consideration.
How did we win all these decisions? We employed consultants who gave us advice on the way to fight the developments. Residents donated money, over £250K, to a fighting fund, and then those same residents responded to the consultations and objected to Fairfield's plans to ruin the area.
So here we are again, asking you to respond to the current consultation by 23rd September. We need one last effort to get rid of this proposal for good. We list below the reasons we believe the development should be refused. Please use these and any reasons you may have to oppose the development. You can respond either online via UDC website quoting UTT/17/3573/OP at, send an email to or write to UDC Planning at Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4ER. Please ensure you put your name and address on any correspondence.

Points for residents to consider
• The new material resolves none of the original objections.
• Since the original submission of the application a new Emerging Local Plan (LP) has changed the policy context by allocating sites which will provide for housing needs without reliance on ad-hoc, speculative proposals such as those of the application.
• The LP strengthens objections concerning countryside protection, transportation inadequacies and harm caused by worsening air quality.
• The site is in an unsustainable location as concluded in the 2016 appeal decision by the Secretary of State.
• Traffic from the site will contribute to worsening congestion in Stansted Mountfitchet, and alternative unsuitable routes are used by some residents e.g. through Ugley Green.
• The harm to air quality in Stansted Mountfitchet has been shown to be even worse than when assessed in 2018, and UDC’s Environmental Health Officer has now recommended that planning permission be refused
Thank you in advance for your continued support to call on Uttlesford District Council to refuse this application..

Gigaclear Update: We have been informed by Gigaclear that they have received a permit to work down Old Mead Road earlier than they thought – Essex Highways have plans to carry out roadworks further south which would cause a confliction in road diversions, so they have given Gigaclear a permit to complete the work on this stretch of road before they start, preventing any delays to us bringing fibre to Henham.  

The Parish Council has received the following update about Gigaclear work in Henham:

Gigaclear is working with Superfast Essex to build a full fibre broadband network in certain parts of Essex. As part of this programme, a small number of properties will be enabled by Gigaclear in Henham. To see if your property is included, please check your property's status at . Not in the plans? You can register your demand at

Just like other utilities, building the network involves digging trenches in private land (with permission), highway, the carriageway, verges and paths. We are currently aiming to continue our network building through to June and this will include parts of Chickney Road being closed as part of these works. Our contractors will provide a letter drop to residents who live on the affected road closure informing them of the work which will be undertaken, and updates will also be provided to the Parish Council.

If you have any queries regarding the network build, please contact our Network Build Care team on 01865591137 or e mail

Nick Baker
Chair HPC

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Henham and Ugley Primary School Events:
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Ofsted Report following one day inspection on 26th March click here

Essex Police