Stansted expansion plans

Further to our earlier news items, we have now written to Uttlesford District Council, calling for the expansion application to be reviewed at national level, against national planning and environmental targets and for us to be given time to consider the thousands of pages of documentation.

You can read our letter here.

We are calling for more time to allow due consideration of the thousands of pages of documents submitted in support of the application. UDC has currently allowed only 6 weeks to submit comments, which also includes the Easter Holiday period. We have argued that this is little more time than would be allowed to consider a loft extension, and cannot be right for a major infrastructure project, resulting in a 44% increase in air traffic when compared to today’s levels.

Comments can be submitted via UDC’s website here.  There are also drop in events organised by the airport, details are here.

These events are timed to give, in the case of the final event, only one working day between the event and the deadline for submission of comments.

We have again objected to this undue haste to process the application. Even Highways England have said that they cannot meet the required deadline, and will not respond before 25th May.

However, without confirmation of a reconsideration by UDC of the process, we must assume that comments will close on 3rd April and anyone wishing to make a comment should therefore do so before this date.

Felsted Parish Council will be  making a submission that Stansted airport’s expansion plans must receive national determination against national air traffic plans and  environmental targets. It is wrong for this to receive only District level review. Furthermore, we shall state that the airport must first resolve the noise nuisance problems caused by the flightpath changes made in 2016, and which have resulted in a 20 fold increase in noise complaints.

You can also read more here on the SSE website, also calling for national determination of the application.

Stansted expansion plans

Further to our previous news item here, Stansted airport has now formally applied to increase passenger numbers to 43million, from the current level of ~24million.

Felsted Parish Council will be  making a submission calling for the airport to resolve the noise nuisance problems caused by the flightpath changes made in 2016, before undergoing any further expansion. To date the airport has made not a single proposal to mitigate the noise nuisance, nor has it responded to the 20 fold increase in noise related complaints.

The current application is also designed to come in at just under a level requiring central central government scrutiny. We will argue that this decision is too important to reside at UDC level, and must be referred to the Secretary of State for Transport.

We would urge all those impacted by the noise problems to do similar, every voice makes a difference and silence will only lead to an assumption that everyone is happy.


Uttlesford District Council has released the following announcement:


Proposed development at: Stansted Airport

I give notice that Stansted Airport Limited is applying the Uttlesford District Council for planning permission for  “Airfield works comprising two new taxiway links to the existing runway (a Rapid Access Taxiway and a Rapid Exit Taxiway)six additional remote aircraft stands adjacent Yankee taxiway); and three additional aircraft stands (extension of the Echo Apron) to enable combined airfield operations of 274,000 aircraft movements and a throughput of 43 million terminal passengers, in a 12-month calendar period”

That application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement.

Members of the public may inspect copies of the application at the Council Offices London Road Saffron Walden CB11 4ER during office hours 8.30am – 5pm Monday – Thursday and 8.30 – 4.30pm on Fridays until 13 February 2018 and online and online at

Members of the public may obtain copies of the Environmental Statement from: Planning Department, Stansted Airport, Enterprise House, Bassingbourn Road, Essex, CM24 1QW at following charges:-  Electronic copy (USB) of full Environmental Statement £25.00, Hard Copy of Non-Technical Summary £10, Hard Copy of Environmental Statement £300.00

Anyone who wishes to make representations about this application should send them to Uttlesford District Council Council Offices London Road Saffron Walden CB11 4ER or make them online at or by email to  by  3rd April  2018 Quoting reference UTT/18/0460/FUL. All representations must include the name and address of the person or organisation making the representation.

Signed: Gordan Glenday On behalf of Uttlesford District Council 22nd February 2018

The Council is presently considering the above planning application. The plans and any other documents accompanying the application may be viewed via the Council’s web site: or inspected during normal office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday; 9am to 4.30pm Friday) at: – The Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4ER

Any comments you have about the application may be made on line using the above web site, emailed to  or may be sent to the above address by:-

3rd April 2018

Please note all comments made will be made public and will be posted on our website. Anonymous representations will not be accepted therefore please include your name and address including postcode.


Help fight plans for 13,000 houses on our doorstep

Felsted Parish Council continues to fight plans to build a New Town of up to 13,000 houses to the north of Felsted.

We believe the plans to be ill-conceived, poorly thought out and an inferior solution to delivering the housing needs for the district. They will drain resources from the area and add upwards of 30,000 cars to our existing congested road system, with the route south straight through Felsted.

We are working with a Planning Consultant alongside other Parish Councils and residents groups in the area, including from Great Saling, Bardfield Saling, Rayne,  Stebbing, Shalford, Great Bardfield and SERCLE to fight the proposals.

A representative from Felsted Parish Council will be speaking at the Inspector’s review into the plans on 25th January.

A flier has been produced to support the fundraising process, which can be downloaded  here.

New date for ‘New Town’ consultation event

Following on from our earlier news item regarding the Local Plan presentation events, specifically concerning the ‘West of Braintree’ New Town,  the event scheduled for Rayne was cancelled due to poor weather.

A new date has now been announced.

Rayne Scout HQ, Station Road, Rayne, CM77 6RX, 10th January 4pm–8pm

This is your last chance to learn more about the plans for the new town, of up to 13,000 houses, and to respond to the consultation. There are forms at the events, or you can submit comments online here. The consultation closes on 22nd January.

We, as the Parish Council, shall continue to object to the proposals for the West of Braintree New Town based on the impact it will have on the Parish from traffic and draw on resources. We have also asked to speak at the Inspector review of the overall plan. It does however remain important for residents to also make their views known.




Give your real Christmas tree a new lease of life

Did you know that you can recycle your real Christmas tree after the holidays by taking it to one of the local recycling points provided by Uttlesford District Council?

Refuse vehicles will be made available at a number of locations around the district – simply take along your Christmas tree for disposal. Other green waste can also be disposed of at the same time.

The recycled Christmas trees and garden waste can be turned into good quality compost or soil conditioner, or into chippings.

The refuse vehicle service will be available at Bannister Green from 11.30am-12.30pm on Sunday 7th January.

With our best wishes for a Happy New Year from all of us at Felsted Parish Council.

Important consultation events in the coming days

There are 2 important consultations and presentation events over the coming days.

Local Plan

There are plans to build a new town just north of Felsted. Read the full news item here.

There is a consultation running now, with presentations being held to explain the plans. The closest events to Felsted are:

Monday 27th November 16.00-20.00Old Friend’s Meeting House, Rosemary Lane, Stebbing, CM6 3RR.

Wednesday 6th December 16.00-20.00Braintree Town Hall, Market Square, Braintree, CM7 3YG

Tuesday 12th December 10.00-14.00Rayne Village Hall, 3 Gore Road, Rayne, CM77 6TX

Stansted expansion

Stansted airport is planning to double passenger numbers. Read our full news item here.

The airport is holding a final event to explain its plans and take local feedback:

Friday 1 December 2017 16:00 – 20:00: Talberd Room, Foakes Hall, Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DG


It is important for residents to have their say about these plans. Please don’t leave it to someone else or just assume nothing will change. You can read more about Felsted Parish Council’s concerns and reasons for opposition with the original news items, linked above.


You can receive email alerts to new news items by adding your email address to the box on the left of the news page here.


Stansted airport drop in sessions to explain their plans to double passenger numbers

Following on from the scoping document issued by Stansted airport and detailed here, the airport is now holding 3 events to explain their expansion plans.

The airport has announced that it now plans to increase passenger numbers to 43 million, rather than 44.5 million, which means that it can achieve its expansion plans within currently approved flight and environmental planning limits and so seek a more local level of approval.

In statements, the airport is claiming to have responded to concerns raised in response to its scoping document.

Brian Ross, deputy chairman of Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) commented as follows: “The airport claims it has listened to the local community but it has done no such thing. Its new proposal is just a cynical ploy to try to reduce the level of objection to its planning application and allow the application to be dealt with locally rather than nationally. This is not a retreat from its original plans. All the airport has done is to remove the 44.5mppa projection for 2029 and only project to 2028, which is 43mppa. If the airport genuinely wanted to give the local community long term certainty, it would give us all an assurance that 43mppa would be the limit of its expansion ambitions for Stansted.”

Stansted airport has also completely ignored the fact that, in 2017, noise complaints have increased by 20 times when compared to those recorded in 2015. This increase in complaints is due to the changes in flight path usage introduced in 2016, which moved flights onto Clacton routes over Felsted Parish. We are still awaiting the results from a CAA review, which was due in May of 2017.

Stansted airport has made no proposals to mitigate the problems caused by these flightpath changes, despite receiving submissions from Parishes calling for the reversal of the changes and asking for the spread of flights across the Noise Preferrential Routes (NPRs), rather than focussing them down on the unlucky.

There are however, some signs that the CAA are taking some notice of the massive increase in noise complaints, so it remains important that we continue to complain about noisy planes using the SSE form here.

Stansted must work with Parishes to reduce the impact of the flightpath changes, before planning for further expansion.

We must make our voices heard at these events.

Event dates

Tuesday 21 November 2017
4pm until 8pm

Radisson Blu Hotel, Waltham Close, Stansted Airport, CM24 1PP
Free parking for this session is available at the hotel, on registering at the event.

Thursday 23 November 2017
4pm until 8pm

St Michael’s Church, 1 Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND

Friday 1 December 2017
4pm until 8pm

Talberd Room, Foakes Hall, Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DG



New consultation events for ‘West of Braintree’ New Town

Within the Local Plan processes there are proposals for three new garden communities across North Essex, one of which is known as West of Braintree and potentially straddles the Braintree and Uttlesford district borders, just north of Felsted.

Felsted Parish Council has consistently objected to the principle of this new town. We are concerned about the impact from traffic passing through our Parish from the eventual 50,000+ residents living in the potential 13,000 new homes. We are also highly concerned about the impact on resources and facilities in the area. Water is already at a critically low pressure and our doctors are full.

We also believe that this new consultation is premature, since it is being held before the Local Plans outlining proposals for the new town have been approved.

The ‘Issues and Options Consultation’ starts on Monday 13th November 2017 and runs until Monday 8th January 2018.  If you would like to find out more about the proposals for the West of Braintree Garden Community, exhibition events have been organised as follows:

  • Exhibitions to support the consultation are being held at the following locations:
    Location Time and Date 
    Great Tey Village Hall, Chappel Road, Great Tey, CO6 1JQ Tuesday 21st November 16.00-20.00
    Colchester Market, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PJ Friday 24th November 10.00-14.00
    The Salings Millennium Village Hall, Piccotts Lane, Great Saling, CM7 5DW Saturday 25th November 10.00-14.00
    Old Friend’s Meeting House, Rosemary Lane, Stebbing, CM6 3RR Monday 27th November 16.00-20.00
    Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, CO6 1UH Thursday 30th November 15.00-19.00
    Greenstead Community Centre, Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, CO4 3QE Saturday 2nd December 10.00-14.00
    Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB Tuesday 5th December 16.00-20.00
    Braintree Town Hall, Market Square, Braintree, CM7 3YG Wednesday 6th December 16.00-20.00
    Easthorpe Church Hall, Easthorpe Road, Colchester, CO5 9HD Thursday 7th December 16.00-20.00
    Rayne Village Hall, 3 Gore Road, Rayne, CM77 6TX Tuesday 12th December 10.00-14.00
    Market Field School, School Road, Elmstead Market, CO7 7ET Thursday 14th December 16.00-20.00


Comments on the proposals can be made using forms available at the events, or online here.

It does feel like these consultations are never-ending. However, it is important that we do not give up and let these consultations and proposals pass us by, even if we just repeat concerns already submitted, as we have little confidence that concerns submitted as part of previous consultations will be taken forward and considered.

The impact on Felsted from this new town will be massive and we must all make our opinions known.



New Local History Book

John Drury has written a new book ‘Felsted snippets, the best bits of Felsted’s history’ .

It is a wonderful addition to John’s series of books looking at the history of Felsted and would make a great stocking filler for Christmas.

It is available for just £5 plus postage, direct from John on 01371 820444, or email .

John’s previous book ‘Bygone Felsted’ is also still available for £8 plus £2 p&p, with a discount if you buy both books.