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 www.henhamhistory.org. Click here.
Stop Press: 7th July 2018:
The draft Local Plan is now out for consultation. Residents will be aware that we have been fighting the Local Plan since 3rd September 2007 and were instrumental in getting the last plan , which included 2100 houses on Henham/Elsenham borders , rejected. This latest draft plan does not include any new housing in Henham but takes into account the 78 houses already built in this plan period. We now have to respond to this consultation.....each and every resident in every household. We have made it very very simple.
How to respond:
Simply send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and say
' I consider the spatial strategy outlined in policy SP2 of the draft Local Plan to be sound. I therefore support it'
That's it, nothing else. please please take just 5 minutes to respond. We have fought this for 11 years , we need your support. If you are not on e mail a letter to UDC Planning Policy Team achieves the same result. DEADLINE IS 11th AUGUST 2018
Chairman. Henham Parish Council
Stop Press: 24th May 2018: HPC are pleased to announce that we have purchased 2.2 acres of land in Mill Road opposite Hill Top Yard. The Parish Council are well aware that land in and around Henham is regarded as potential development land and could become developments that would not support our aim to make Henham the village it is. This particular plot of land was sold with 'developmental potential' and had, without doubt, been identified as a potential Travellers Site. The Parish Council spent £50K fighting the planning application to turn Hill Top Yard into a Travellers site. The Parish Council does not want development in this area, as it is outside the development area and has unsatisfactory roads, with no pavements.
Spending Parish reserves is always a difficult decision.Your Parish Council pursues a policy of careful development which retains our village way of life. We are determined to make our village the most attractive in Uttlesford and feel that this land purchase protects us from promiscuous development.
Once settled, the Parish Council will invite villagers to contribute to how we can make this area a village asset with woodland, adventure areas, childrens areas, picnic areas and anything else.
Stop press: 26th April 2018 - HTY airport parking successful prosecution click here for more information
Stop press: 14 March 2018 - HPC would like to thank everyone showing their support against the proposed School Lane development. This application was turned down by UDC today. HPC will keep residents up to date via this website. Click here for HPC letter of complaint
Stop press: 22 February 2018: Stansted Airport planning application - the airport has applied to increase passengers to 43 million and 274,000 flights - click here for further information. Please
also go to SSE website
Click here for list of Airport consultation dates
Click here for HPC's letter of objection
Stop Press: 2nd January 2018 - Further application from Fairfield.
We regret to have to inform residents that Fairfield have applied for 350 houses on the site on Henham Parish Land near Elsenham. Residents with long memories will recall that Fairfield have lost planning applications ranging from 800 houses to 5200 houses on the same site over the past 10 years. The site is not in the emerging Local Plan for Uttlesford and this smacks of a desperate last minute effort to get under the wire before the door closes. Although the deadline for responses has now closed, the Parish Council will continue to keep residents up to date via this website and the SOV website.