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

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