Great Notley

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Great Notley
Great Notley is located in Essex
Great Notley
Great Notley
Location within Essex
Population6,496 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL740207
Civil parish
  • Great Notley [2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCM7, CM77
Dialling code01376
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°51′34″N 0°32′03″E / 51.8595°N 0.5341°E / 51.8595; 0.5341Coordinates: 51°51′34″N 0°32′03″E / 51.8595°N 0.5341°E / 51.8595; 0.5341

Great Notley is a village to the south-west of Braintree, Essex in England. It has an approximate population of 7,845 and became an independent civil parish on 1 April 2000 as a result of The Great Notley Parish Council Order 2000.


Excavations in Great Notley revealed the remains of Iron Age and Roman settlements with a series of enclosures overlaid with a Roman development on the site of the Skyline Business Park, where it is thought that there was a series of occupations on the site from the late Iron Age onwards, which included brewing, farming and the production of textiles.[3]


Great Notley was designed as a suburban development, a self-sustainable garden village composed of three distinct hamlets linked via a spine road:[4]

  • Notley Green hamlet, to the south
  • Oaklands Manor hamlet, centred on a new manor house
  • Panners Farm hamlet, to the north

It was built mostly by Countryside Properties, and is cited as an example of Countryside's design philosophy of 'instant maturity' and 'instant community'.[5]

The parish also includes the older estate of White Court, now in the centre of the village; a business park, 'Skyline120', and a 40 ha (100 acres) country park.


Bird Sculpture above Great Notley Country Park

Due to the size of Great Notley, there is little in the way of indoor entertainment facilities. Outdoor entertainment includes various playgrounds and the aforementioned country park (known as the 'Discovery Centre'), which includes outdoor play equipment, a café and water features.

There are various small businesses operating in Great Notley, including a veterinary centre, a public house (the Prince Louis), an estate agents and a tanning salon. There is also a Tesco supermarket located in the garden village, making it the third Tesco to be built within the Braintree district.


There are two schools in Great Notley; White Court Primary School and Notley Green Primary School, which was opened in 1999. The main secondary school for the area is Notley High School, which is located in the neighbouring village of Black Notley.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
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  3. ^ Jarvis, Joanne (January 2009). "Braintree is reborn". Essex Life. Archant.
  4. ^ Countryside Properties (9 February 2007). "Case Study - Great Notley Garden Village, Braintree". Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  5. ^ Daisy Froud, Countryside Properties and the Shape of Time, University of London, 2002. Reprinted in Home Cultures Journal, 2004. Illustrated academic review.