About Uttlesford

A quick guide to where Uttlesford is and who we are.

Uttlesford is a thriving, predominantly rural district in north-west Essex encompassing Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Thaxted and about 100 villages and hamlets in between. It is home to London Stansted Airport and major road and rail networks with links to London to the south and historic city of Cambridge to the north.


With both new development and an historic and rural environment existing in harmony, Uttlesford is often cited as offering some of the best quality of life in the UK. The council offices are based in the beautiful market town of Saffron Walden, with its array of independent and unique boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries, surrounded on all sides by fields and picturesque villages full of character. 


Uttlesford District Council has about 300 staff and delivers a huge range of services for residents and businesses such as bin collections, providing council housing, deciding on planning, collecting Council Tax, restaurant inspections and running Saffron Walden Museum.


We are a district council, in the  top 70 local authorities in the UK in terms of area. We have an elected leader, an appointed chairman,   cabinet structure, and a small but dedicated workforce.


Our directors, assistant directors and service heads

Our councillors

► Icon for pdf A map of the Uttlesford district [6.41MB]