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Elsenham and Henham homes plan turned down again

Campaigners have been celebrating after a scheme for 800 new homes was turned down by councillors for a second time.

The homes are among more than 2,000 planned near the villages of Elsenham and Henham in the Uttlesford district, the fastest-growing district in Essex, where the population is forecast to grow by 27% over the next 20 years.

Opponents claim the extra homes would join the villages and turn them into "urban sprawl", with an extra 5,000 people in an area where the total population is about 1,800.

Uttlesford District Council planning committee reconsidered its decision to turn down the plan on 2 October and voted a second time for refusal.

Developers Fairfield Partnership are expected to appeal.

  • 21 Nov 2013