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
Other Group Members:  Amy Burden, Marian Bentley, Jonathan Adams, Jessica Adams, Simon Dawson, Wayne Dixon, Peter Fuller, Glyn Jones, Martin Johnston, Matt Johnson, Hélène Kenmere, Malcolm Parker, Selwyn Richardson, Sue Rogers, Nick Smart, Sandie Smith, Sharon Sumner, Tammy Taghavi, Jon Tracey, Michelle Tracey, David Waterfield, Peter Wilderspin, Will Wright

Steering Group Terms of Reference

Agendas and Notes from the meetings will be posted here.  The next Steering Group meeting will be on Mon 3rd April 2017, 7pm, Unit 1 Carisbrooke Court, Buckingway Business Park.

Open Meeting – White Horse Inn, Mon 13th March, 7.30pm to set up focus groups and consultation activities.  Everyone welcome to put in their ideas and comments.

Agendas                               Notes
Agenda 06-03-17              Notes – 06-03-17 Draft
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         Project Plan and Gantt Chart presentation 06-03-17        Project Gantt v0.4

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.

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