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, Peter Fuller, Glyn Jones, Martin Johnston, Malcolm Parker, Selwyn Richardson, Sue Rogers, Sandie Smith, Sharon Sumner, 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)

APM 2018

An update on the work of the Neighbourhood Plan will be given at the Annual Parish Meeting on Weds 11th April, 7pm, The Memorial Hall, High Street

Agenda APM – 11 April 2018




Character Assessment Working Group

Your help is needed please to form a small working group to put together a Character Assessment document on Swavesey Parish to provide supporting evidence for the Neighbourhood Plan.

A Character Assessment describes the distinct appearance and feel of a settlement. It communicates the key physical features and characteristics that combine to give an area its distinctiveness and unique identity. By preparing a character assessment to describe the settlement, this can be used by developers to understand the local area. This in turn will help to progress sensitively designed proposals, in keeping with the feel and appearance of the local area. More information can be found in the attached guide.

Please email  if you would like to be a part of this working group to put together the Character Assessment.         Character Assessment – How_to_prepare


NH Plan Workshop – 19th Feb 2018, 7pm, Swavesey Memorial Hall       Notes from Scoping Workshop

Led by the NH Planning Officer at Cambridgeshire ACRE, together with two Planning Consultants and funded by a MyCommunity Grant, this workshop was held to help the Group move forward on more detailed consultation with stakeholders in the village and identify the main headings in order to start drafting policies to be included in the Plan.

Documents as a background to the workshop:   Swavesey_Demographic Socio Economic Review          Swavesey Neighbourhood Plan – Policy Context version 2.0


Pre-consultation Survey

During 2017 a Pre-consultation Survey was completed to help find out the most important issues and concerns relating to a Neighbourhood Plan from residents in the village and their thoughts on future development of the village.  This data is to be used to help the steering group to work out which policies need to be written to include in the Plan and will feed into additional consultation during 2018.  The survey closed on 30th September 2017.  The survey was only intended to gain comments from a representative sample of residents and the survey results are now published here:  Analysis of the 2017 Swavesey survey FINAL


Agendas and Notes from the meetings will be posted in the list below.  The next Steering Group meeting will be on Mon 9th April 2018, 7pm, in the Conference room at Business Cloud Integration, Unit 1, Carisbrooke Court, Buckingway Business Park (TBC).  Steering Group Terms of Reference

Apologies but due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight’s (9th April) Steering Group meeting cannot be held at Cloud Integration.  The meeting will now take place at The White Horse Inn, Market Street, still at 7pm.

Agendas                               Notes

Agenda 09-04-18
Agenda 05-03-18
              Notes – 05-03-18 DRAFT
Agenda NHP Workshop 19-02-18
No Steering Group meeting in February 2018
Agenda 08-01-18             Notes – 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