Councillors have approved plans for 45 new solar-powered homes in Henham, ready for spring 2025.

Members of Uttlesford District Council's planning committee unanimously approved the sustainable housing development, by property developer Bellway, with work set to begin later this year.

The development, named Hare's Leap, will comprise a mix of two to five-bedroom houses, 27 of which will be for sale on the open market and 18 designed as "affordable homes".

Greg Allsop, sales director for Bellway North London, said the homes will "form a seamless extension to the existing community in Henham", adding: "The small scale and picturesque setting of Hare’s Leap means it will enjoy a prestigious and secluded feel, and the homes here have been designed to reflect their rural surroundings."