Planning Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. Meetings are cancelled when there are no applications or planning related business to discuss.  Agendas and Minutes are listed at the end of this page.  The next Planning Meeting will be at 8.30pm  Tuesday 12th February 2019 (note this is a change of date and time to the regular meeting date for February).

Major Developments


Development Proposals Plan July 2018

          Site_Layout – approved


  • Land south of Whitton Close/west of 130 Middlewatchup to 70 new dwellings
    APPEAL Allowed and Permission granted Ref: APP/W0530/W/16/3165562 Appeal decision .
    Currently awaiting submission of Reserved Matters (detailed) application.
    Developer is Bushmead Homes Ltd.  A public exhibition of the detailed proposals for the site will be held during February, date TBC
  • History:  
    • Permission refused by SCDC  The application can be viewed via the District Council’s planning search website at   Search for Planning application ref: S/1605/16/OL. Further information
    • South Cambs District Council’s Planning Committee 2nd Nov 2016:  Decision Notice  The published decision of the SCDC Planning Committee for this application is:  S/1605/16/OL – SWAVESEY (LAND TO THE R/O 130 MIDDLE WATCH) The Committee refused the application, contrary to the recommendation in the report from the Head of Development Management. Members agreed the reason for refusal as being that, notwithstanding the proposal in the emerging Local Plan to upgrade Swavesey to a Minor Rural Settlement, there were significant infrastructure capacity issues (such as educational, drainage, highway and medical) because of cumulative development within the village, giving rise to concerns about sustainability.Bushmead Swavesy Ex A5 Leaflet_Page_1
    • Consultation held on draft plans Thurs 14th July, Memorial Hall, High St, 5pm-7pm
    • Parish Council’s objections returned to SCDC 19th July 2016
  • Bushmead Homes Ltd – consultation on draft Reserved Matters submission:  Weds 13th February 2019, 5pm-8pm, Bethel Church, Middle Watch  A5 Leaflet


  • Land south of Fen Drayton Road/Gibraltar Lane up to 99 new dwellings.  Bloor Homes (Eastern) Ltd,
    APPEAL Allowed and Permission granted – Appeal DECISION – 3172405
    Reserved Matters application has now been approved (this is the detailed design for the development).  Ref: S/2315/18/RM  Bloor Homes (Eastern) Ltd & Mr A Johnson.  Further information

    • Permission REFUSED by SCDC.  The application can be viewed via the District Council’s planning search website at   Search for Planning Ref: S/1027/16/OL   Further information
    • South Cambs District Council’s Planning Committee 11th Jan 2017: Decision Notice   The published decision of the SCDC Planning Committee for this application is:  The proposed development is considered to represent unsustainable development by virtue of the cumulative impact of the additional population growth on the capacity of services and facilities in the village and due to the constrained width of the existing public highway the proposed means of pedestrian access would not provide a safe route to and from the Village College and access to the services and facilities within Swavesey village.
    • Exhib of plans – poster: Thurs 26th May, Memorial Hall, High St, 3.30pm-7pm
    • Parish Council’s objections returned to SCDC 31st May 2016.
    • Village College objections
    • Primary School objections
    • APPEAL Ref: APP/W0530/W/17/3172405  Bloor Homes (Eastern) Ltd have lodged an appeal against the refusal of this planning application by SCDC.  The appeal will be determined on the basis of a Hearing which was held at SCDC on Tues 19th September 2017.  The Inspector’s decision is expected in approx 6-8 weeks time (so approx mid-Nov 2017).
    • Land south of Fen Drayton Road/Gibraltar Lane – up to 99 new dwellings.  Bloor Homes Ltd.  A NEW application was been submitted to SCDC for consultation.  Ref: S/0862/17/OL. The application is essentially the same as the first (which was refused) however a new footpath is proposed along the south side of Fen Drayton Road, linking to the footpath in Gibraltar Lane.  This is in response to the objections raised by CCC Highways to the first application.  A raised junction table is also proposed at the Gibraltar Lane/School Lane junction.
    • Parish Council discussed this new application at its meeting on Mon 27th March and continued to object to the proposal and proposed new footpath.
    • This application was withdrawn from the SCDC Planning Committee in September.
    • The decision on the Appeal of the first application (details above) will override this application.

          Site Layout – approved


  • Land north of Fen Drayton Rd/West of Moat Way56 new dwellings.  Laragh Homes Ltd 56 new homes on land north of Home Close/west of Moat Way.
    Planning application Ref: S/0525/17/FL. Full details can be viewed via the South Cambs Planning website at

    • 23rd February 2018 – SCDC has REFUSED this application, under delegated powers.  Decision Notice
    • An exhibition of draft proposals was held on Tues 1st Nov 2016, 3.30pm-7.30pm, Memorial Hall, High St.  exhibition-leaflet
    • Parish Council discussed and raised objections to the application at its Planning Meeting on Thurs 9th March 2017, 7pm Memorial Hall (see Minutes below).
    • During August 2017 further consultation received on amended plans.  The Parish Council discussed these at its meeting on 10th August (see Minutes below) and submitted further objections.
    • Appeal submitted April 2018
    • Appeal consultation open for additional comments by 21st September 2018.  Comments can be made via the GOV.UK website at:  Appeal Ref: APP/W0530/W/18/3201324
    • This appeal has now been withdrawn (24/09/18)


  • Land east of Boxworth End (Dairy Farm) – up to 90 new dwellings.
    APPEAL DISMISSED    3180092 APPEAL DECISION  published 9th March 2018

    • REFUSED by SCDC – Gladman Developments application for up to 90 homes and open space land on the Dairy Farm site between Boxworth End and the Ramper Rd. Planning application Ref: S/3391/16/OL   Go to to search for the documents.  South Cambs District Council’s Planning Committee discussed this application at the Planning Meeting on Weds 10th May 2017.
    • The published decision of the SCDC Planning Committee for this application is: The Committee refused the application, contrary to the recommendation contained in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development. Members agreed the reasons for refusal as being the adverse impact on the rural character of the surrounding countryside, the density of development, and the impact on the capacity of surface water drainage infrastructure in Swavesey. Decision Notice
    • A leaflet delivered by Gladman Developments: consultation-leaflet-dairy-farm  More information can be found on their website at:
    • Parish Council objections returned to SCDC 13th Jan 2017
    • Village College objections
    • APPEAL An Appeal against the refusal decision was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, Ref: APP/W)530/W17/3180092  Additional comments could be made to the Appeal Inspectorate by 23rd October 2017. All representations MUST quote the appeal reference.
    • An Appeal Hearing was held at SCDC on 5th December 2017, the Parish Council attended to reiterate its objections.

An explanation of why these proposals are coming through and what the Local Plan situation is can be found here…

Cambridge News article from Chairman of Swavesey Parish Council

When responding in objection to a planning application, ‘Material Planning Considerations’ are taken into account in the decision.  Examples of material considerations can be found here…..

CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England)  Swavesey Parish Council is a member of the CPRE    ‘How To Respond To Planning Applications

District Council’s Planning Policy Monthly Update  February 2017

A Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council is very concerned over the number of major planning developments being proposed for Swavesey and as the District Council’s Local Plan is not yet in force, the village development boundary is not working to restrict future development of the village.  The Parish Council has now started the process of a Neighbourhood Plan for the village which will allow the community to draw up policies and plans to help control the future development of Swavesey.  Please see our dedicated Neighbourhood Plan webpage for further information and if you would like to be involved with this project please contact the Parish Council.

Swavesey Parish Plan

In 2008 a Parish Plan for Swavesey was published, following extensive consultation with residents.
Parish Plan 2008    In 2013 a further consultation took place and an update to the Plan was published.
Data Analysis Report 2013       Parish Plan Updated – Report to Parish Council Adopted 2013

Future Development of Swavesey – A Parish Council Statement
Approved by Full Council at meeting on 22nd February 2016

Overall the Council wishes to see no change to the village development framework boundary, to retain the current level of dwellings, help maintain the existing level of services and infrastructure  and to help prevent future risk to flooding as there is a high proportion of flood plain land surrounding the village.

Many village services are close to if not already at capacity: primary school, village college, doctors surgery.

However, the Parish Council would support small scale affordable housing development.  In particular development which can give priority to those who already have a connection to Swavesey, to enable them to either purchase or rent a home in the village.

The Parish Council agrees that in South Cambridgeshire, village framework boundaries should be retained as well as the current approach by South Cambs District Council to restrict development outside of framework boundaries as defined on the Proposals Map.


Minutes of Parish Council Planning Meetings


February                 Agenda 12 Feb 2019
January                   Agenda 10 Jan 2019       Minutes 10 Jan 2019


November                Agenda 8 Nov 2018       Minutes 8 Nov 2018
October                    Agenda 11 Oct 2018       Minutes 11 Oct 2018
September               Agenda 13 Sept 2018     Minutes 13 Sept 2018
August                      The meeting scheduled for 9th August has been CANCELLED  Planning matters will be discussed at Full Council on 20th August 2018
July                           Agenda 12 July 2018     Minutes 12 July 2018
June                          Agenda 14 June 2018    Minutes 14 Jun 2018
May                           Agenda 17 May 2018     Minutes 17 May 2018
April                          Agenda 12 Apr 2018     Minutes 12 Apr 2018
March                       Agenda 22 Mar 2018    Minutes 22 Mar 2018     Bloor Homes Development for 99 Homes south of Fen Drayton Rd – update
March                       Agenda 8 Mar 2018      Minutes 8 Mar 2018
February                  Agenda 8 Feb 2018       Minutes 8 Feb 2018
January                    Agenda      Minutes 11 Jan 2018


December                 No meeting
November                Agenda     Minutes
October                    Agenda      Minutes
September               Agenda      Minutes
August                      Agenda      Minutes
July                           Agenda      Minutes
June                          8th June meeting cancelled due to Polling Station use of meeting room
May                           Agenda      Minutes
Apr                            Agenda      Minutes
Mar                           Agenda      Minutes
Feb                            Agenda      Minutes
Jan                            Agenda      Minutes


Dec                            No meeting
Planning proposals for residential development    Public Meeting 23/11/16 Poster    public-meeting-23-11-16-notes
Nov                            Agenda      Minutes
Oct                             Agenda      Minutes
Sept                           Agenda      Minutes
August                       No meeting
July                            Agenda      Minutes
May                            Agenda      Minutes
April                           Agenda      Minutes
March                        No meeting
February                   No meeting
January                     Agenda      Minutes


December                  No meeting
November                  No Meeting
October                      No Meeting
August                        Agenda        Minutes
April                            Agenda         Minutes
March                         Agenda         Minutes       Agenda     Minutes
February                    Agenda         Minutes
January                      Agenda         Minutes


December                  No meeting
November                  Agenda       Minutes
October                      Agenda       Minutes
September                No meeting
August                        No meeting
July                              No meeting
June                            No meeting
May                              Agenda        Minutes
April                            Agenda         Minutes
March                         No meeting
February                    Agenda         Minutes
January                      Agenda         Minutes


Copies of documents prior to the above dates can be obtained from the Clerk to the Council contact