Gamlingay's Neighbourhood Plan – Feedback on the 2020 Consultation and the SG's Reponses

Thank you to everyone who provided the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NP SG) with feedback, whether you were a resident, a business in Gamlingay or a statutory consultee.  Most of the comments and suggestions were extremely useful and many have been used to improve the plan, make it clearer or extend the scope to cover areas that we hadn't considered.

The Neighbourhood Plan is a huge undertaking, but the SG has worked to make it as useful as possible for both residents and prospective developers.

All who commented, and who provided a contact email, should have received an acknowledgement of their comments.

Please see the Consultation Page (in the sidebar of that page) for the tables of feedback and the SG's responses.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Gamlingay's Neighbourhood Plan – the Reg. 14 Pre-submission Consultation

Consultation during September – October 2020 on Gamlingay’s draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group hopes to launch a formal consultation on the draft plan from 7th September for six weeks. All residents and businesses will be able to view the complete draft Neighbourhood Plan and provide feedback. This is a formal and important stage within the neighbourhood planning regulations and is known as 'Regulation 14 Pre-submission Consultation'. Essentially, everyone in the parish will have the opportunity to comment on the Plan before it is submitted to South Cambridgeshire District Council for examination. 

A booklet summarising the Plan will be sent to every household in September and there will be a series of consultation events at the Eco Hub where you can come and ask any questions you may have about it. All information, including the plan in full, will be made available on the website,, with paper copies of the plan available at the Eco Hub. The Steering Group plans to attend the Gamlingay Village Show on 19th September. The latest Government guidance on social distancing will be taken into account in our plans for this consultation. Dates when you can talk members of the Steering Group about the Plan are listed below:

[changes from the printed booklet are in bold]




Wednesday 9th September


Eco Hub, main reception

Friday 18th September


Eco Hub, main reception

Saturday 19th September


Eco Hub, main reception

Saturday 26th September


Eco Hub, main reception

Saturday 3rd October


Eco Hub, main reception

Thursday 15th October


Eco Hub, main reception

Wednesday 21st October


Eco Hub, main reception

Wednesday 28th October


Eco Hub, main reception


After the Consultation, the Steering Group will consider all comments received, and make any changes necessary.

At this point the Plan will enter its final stage, which will result in a referendum. All Gamlingay residents will be asked to vote, Yes or No, for the Plan to be adopted. We anticipate that this vote will take place in late 2021.

Please keep an eye out for further information in September including the Summary booklets coming through your letterbox! Do take a look at the website,, in the meantime and if you have any questions, please contact Kirstin Rayner, Neighbourhood Plan Secretary, (01767) 650310,


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Strategic Environmental Assessment, the Final Version

As we noted last year, the NP has to be compatible with certain European Union obligations regarding its effect on the environment.  That meant that the NP had to be supported by a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).  This has been completed and will be available to view on the Documents page.
All the supporting documents will be available to view by the start of the Reg. 14 pre-submission Consultation period on 7 September 2020.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Draft Neighbourhood Plan – pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has kept working during the lockdown, but there can be no real progress until the lockdown is eased somewhat.  However, we had one online meeting in May and another is scheduled for June.
The website is now ready for more documents, including the draft Plan which will be for public perusal and comment as part of the Regulation 14 pre-submission process.
These documents will be on the website when the pre-submission draft is ready, along with guidance for making comment.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Draft Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

The NP has to be compatible with certain European Union obligations regarding its effect on the environment.  For a better idea of these obligations and how the NP will meet them please see the Executive Summary as drawn up by the Senior Planning Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council:
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Gamlingay's Draft Neighbourhood Plan – October 2019 Consultation

All households in the Parish will receive a booklet (available online here) summarising progress to date on the plan, including vision, objectives and draft policies. We need feedback from residents and local businesses to make sure we have correctly captured the priorities for future development in Gamlingay.
See below for details of informal drop in consultation sessions where you can come and hear all about it and ask any questions. The evening sessions on 3rd and 15th October will also include a short presentation at the start introducing the draft plan, and will finish by 9pm at the latest.
Thurs 3rd October7.30pmEco Hub, Kier SuiteAll themes
Weds 9th October3-5pmEco Hub, Kier SuiteAll themes
Thurs 10th October3-5pmEco Hub, Kier SuiteAll themes
Fri 11th October10am-1pmEco Hub, main receptionAll themes
Sat 12th October10am-12pmEco Hub, main receptionAll themes
Tues 15th OctoberAll day & 7.30pm as part of RSPB visitEco Hub-main receptionEnvironment

The draft plan is based on all the survey feedback and evidence gathered over the last couple of years and has objectives and policies which focus on:
  • Supporting new housing that’s appropriate size, affordable and adaptable
  • Protecting the open countryside and Gamlingay’s distinct landscape setting as a radial village with satellite hamlets and smallholdings
  • Nurturing and growing local businesses in the Parish
  • Ensuring local facilities meet the needs of our community
  • Developing a network of footpaths to promote walking, cycling and riding
  • Enhancing the natural environment and biodiversity of the Parish
It’s really important for everyone to tell us their views on the draft plan, themes and policies. You can do this via the form provided in the booklet, online at [link to Google form version of feedback form] or in person at the events.
Once all feedback has been collated, the steering group will draw up a final version of the plan so that we can proceed to final consultation, examination and Referendum later this year.
For further information, please contact the steering group via our website or on (01767) 650310.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Article in the June 2019 Gamlingay Gazette

The following article appeared in the June 2019 edition of the Gamlingay Gazette:

Gamlingay Village Design Guide and Gamlingay’s Neighbourhood Plan

 You may have heard or seen the consultation regarding Gamlingay’s Village Design Guide during April & May? This was run by South Cambridgeshire District Council and Gamlingay is one of eight communities selected to have this guide produced, as part of a pilot funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The consultation on the draft guide will run until the end of May and then the final guide will be taken to South Cambs District Council for approval in the next few months.

 So what is a Village Design Guide?

 It is a ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ or SPD which provides further detail to the planning policies in the Local Plan for an area. In other words, it adds specific, local detail that can’t be in the Local Plan for South Cambs. It gives us, as a local community, more of a say on what new development (be it housing, facilities or business) looks like. In this case, Gamlingay’s Village Design Guide describes the distinctive character of the village and sets out guidelines for how this should be enhanced by new developments. A group of residents, alongside the Parish Council, has been involved with The Citizens Design Bureau to produce the guide, which means that it is focused on the priorities for our whole parish.

 Community priorities identified in the guide include: preserving the landscape setting of Gamlingay with its distinctive pattern of satellite hamlets; ensuring new development complements existing village character & types of buildings; and, creating safe pedestrian & cycle routes & connections. The draft guide and more info on the consultation by South Cambs District Council, can be viewed here:

 The Village Design Guide will also be a key supporting document for Gamlingay’s Neighbourhood Plan. Our Neighbourhood Plan will be incorporating all the priorities identified in the Guide and will add further ‘weight’ in planning terms as the Plan will have planning policies that all new developments will have to adhere to. We’re aiming for Gamlingay’s Neighbourhood Plan to be out for consultation over the summer this year (2019) so please keep an out for it as a summary will be sent to every residential and business property. Do take a look at our website too: and for more details, you can contact or 01767 650310.

 Gamlingay Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

The Neighbourhood Plan – what is happening?

Here is an update on the Neighbourhood Plan for Gamlingay as we’ll soon be sharing the draft plan with you for final consultation.

[this text formed an article in the Gamlingay Gazette]

A Neighbourhood Plan is a way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work – it means we can influence where new developments should be built, what they should look like, as well as ensuring we can protect important local green spaces.

It seems a while ago – but the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been beavering away looking at the results of the village-wide survey, which was sent to all residents in late 2016. We have gathered some more background information from the Housing Needs survey, sent out to all villagers in late 2017 and have been waiting for the Local Plan for South Cambridgeshire to be finally adopted (Sept 2018). A lot of work has been undertaken, including consulting the village business community about how they see their role and what they would like to improve business opportunities within the village.

We have also met with landowners who are keen to bring forward their land for development. In addition, we have reviewed South Cambs District Council’s formal assessment of sites, which is known as the SHLAA assessment (2012). We have undertaken hamlet surveys in 2017 and 2018 and gathered detailed environmental data of the parish. We have more recently begun work on a Village Design Statement in partnership with the District Council. This project is being run as a separate group, by Community Champion Harriet Gould. Finally, we have also commissioned a Cycleway Improvement Plan with SUSTRANS (funded by the Parish Council).

We have collated all the facts and figures, taking your comments on board, and have created a shared vision for Gamlingay, along with a set of draft policies which we hope capture the needs of Gamlingay community for the next 20 years. The positive benefits our Neighbourhood Plan should bring are:
• More resources allocated from the Community Infrastructure Levy to be spent improving services and facilities within Gamlingay Parish. The added weight the policies will have in influencing planning decisions will enable a more local voice to be heard with regards to strategic decision-making.
• Better design of properties and business premises to meet the needs of Gamlingay residents.
• Improvements in local transport infrastructure, such as pathways, footpaths, bridleways and cycleways.
• Protection of our natural environment, and its special characteristics, views and vistas and valued open spaces.

The next step is to share this document with you and get your feedback to check whether we have got this right. The draft plan will ask you specific questions about each of the policy areas – to understand your views.

The draft plan will then go through some formal checking processes with the Local Planning Authority (South Cambs District Council) and will therefore be subject to further minor changes. All residents will then be able to vote on the final Neighbourhood Plan – called the Referendum Stage – which should happen in late 2019.

We’ll be asking for your opinion soon, so please look out for the draft plan through your letterbox

Interested in more information?

Please contact Kirstin Rayner, Neighbourhood Plan secretary: (01767) 650310 or clerk @,

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan – adopted

The SCAMBS website has the news that the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan has now been adopted.


Steering Group Meeting 3 July 2018 – Housing Needs Survey

The meeting on 3 July 2018 of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) had the results of the Housing Needs Survey presented.

The Agenda for the NPSG meeting and the HNS in pdf are below.


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