Neighbourhood Plan


The Steering Group for the Neighbourhood Plan has now been set up and consists of:
Officers:   Chairman – Chas Barclay;  Vice-Chair – Vicki Bidwell;  Parish Council Liaison – Doug Hunt; PR – Jessica Adams and Stuart Websdale;  Finance – Lynsey Newbery
Clerk – Linda Miller
Steering Group Members:  Jonathan Adams, Jessica Adams, Marian Bentley, Simon Dawson, Peter Fuller, Glyn Jones, Martin Johnston, Matt Johnson, Malcolm Parker, Selwyn Richardson, Sue Rogers, Sandie Smith, Sharon Sumner, Jon Tracey, Peter Wilderspin, Will Wright
Residents who are unable to commit to regular Steering Group Meetings will be kept informed of meetings and focus groups via email and through this page and the Village Planning facebook page.  All meetings are open to anyone to attend to join and take part or just listen in.

Steering Group meetings will take place on the first Monday each month, 7pm (except for bank holidays when the meeting will be on the second Monday)

Focus Groups are not currently meeting.

Steering Group Terms of Reference

Agendas and Notes from the meetings will be posted in the list below.  The next Steering Group meeting will be on Mon 5th March 2018, 7pm, in the Conference room at Business Cloud Integration, Unit 1, Carisbrooke Court, Buckingway Business Park.

A grant for £2,600 has been applied for through the MyCommunity/Locality Neighbourhood Plan Support organisation.  The grant funding will be used to continue the support from Cambridgeshire ACRE on the next stages of our community consultation and provision of evidence to support the future policy writing for the Plan.

A Pre-consultation Survey was completed to help gain the most important issues and concerns relating to a Neighbourhood Plan and the future development of the village.  This data will help the group to work out which policies are to be written to include in the Plan and will feed into additional consultation during 2018.  The survey closed on 30th September 2017 and the results will be published here shortly.

Agendas                               Notes

NH Plan-Cambs ACRE Workshop 19-02-18
No Steering Group meeting in February 2018
Agenda 08-01-18
No Steering Group meeting held in December 2017
Agenda 06-11-17
               Notes – 06-11-17
Agenda 02-10-17
              Notes – 02-10-17
Agenda 04-09-17
              Notes – 04-09-17
Agenda 07-08-17
              Notes – 07-08-17
Agenda 03-07-17              Notes – 03-07-17
Agenda 05-06-17              Notes – 05-06-17
Agenda 08-05-17              Notes – 08-05-17
Agenda 03-04-17
              Notes – 03-04-17
Agenda 06-03-17              Notes – 06-03-17
Agenda 06-02-17              Notes – 06-02-17
Agenda 19-01-17               Notes – 19-01-17

Draft documents for your information:   Project Plan v0.2

If you would like to be involved with the working group please contact us.  We will be contacting all local businesses, community groups and services to be consultees during the drafting of the various policies.
Email:             Project Gantt v0.7

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Plans set out the vision for an area (either a whole parish or a part of one) and the planning policies needed to guide and manage development according to the wishes of the local community rather than stop it.  More detailed information about Neighbourhood Plans can be found at

Why are we doing it?

Developing a Neighbourhood Plan will help our community play a greater role in shaping the future of our area. It will bring together local residents, businesses, local groups, landowners and developers to share ideas and build consensus about how the local community can develop to benefit residents, local services and businesses. Areas with adopted Neighbourhood Plans will also be entitled to a larger share of any Community Infrastructure Levy to put towards infrastructure projects to benefit the community.

Plan Area Designation

In October 2016 the Parish Council approved the recommendation from the working group to designate the whole Parish as the Plan area.  An application was then submitted to South Cambs District Council for approval. Plan Area application form   South Cambs District Council approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Area for Swavesey on 23rd November 2016.  The area is defined by the Parish Boundary, shown in blue on the map.

What could our Neighbourhood Plan include?parish-boundary

  • Identifying possible sites for housing, including affordable housing
  • Restricting certain types of development
  • Flood protection measures
  • Provision for businesses to set up or expand in the parish
  • Provision of cycle ways and footpaths
  • Identifying sites for community use such as schools, village halls, health centre, leisure facilities
  • Protection and creation of open space, green amenity areas, nature reserves, allotments and play areas
  • Protection of important local buildings and other historical assets

Who is involved?

The whole Parish is involved. A Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been established to drive the Plan forward and to work with Consultees. This group will help to draft a detailed village questionnaire and write up policies to be included in the Plan.  With grant funding, a professional Planning Consultant will be appointed to assist. At the end of the process there will be a village referendum to vote on the Plan.

It is your Plan and we need your help to generate a Plan that ensures Swavesey will develop according to the wishes of residents.

How long does it take and how much will it cost?

There is no timescale for producing a Neighbourhood Plan however other parishes have taken from 2 to 3 years to produce a Plan. The costs are dependent on the timescales but are estimated at £12K with £9K of grants available.

What will it be used for?

Once such a Plan is made and adopted, it will become a statutory document carrying equal weight to the South Cambs Local Plan and will be part of the Local Development Framework. This will mean that it will be used when any planning application decision is made by both the Parish and South Cambs District Councils.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a Community not a Parish Council document therefore the Plan needs the input of everyone from the community.

If you would like to be involved with the working group please contact us.  We will be contacting all local businesses, community groups and services to be consultees during the drafting of the various policies.

Swavesey Parish Council        Email:       Tel: 01954 202982

Additional Information               Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide                Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Planning     

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?                  SCDC Information and Guidance