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.
DateTimeLocationTheme
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 gamlingay-future.uk [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 gamlingay-future.uk or on (01767) 650310.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Progress with the survey

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group met on Tuesday 1 November in the Eco Hub to discuss progress with the survey. By then we had 104 online submissions of the survey and 169 paper forms completed. There were 1,500 paper forms distributed with the Gazette so we are on just over 10% completion rate for the paper forms.

Every Saturday during October there were advisers at the Eco Hub to help people complete their forms – if they needed it. If anyone still has any questions please use the
Contact form to get in touch and someone will answer any queries promptly.

Chris

Results from the Village Show

At the Village Show volunteers in orange sashes questioned 65 hardy show-goers about their views on the future of the Parish. We covered a range key issues, such as village facilities, housing mix and location, transport, employment and the environment. Now you can see those results in full.

Here are a few highlights!


“82% of people rated the village’s facilities as good or excellent. 60% of residents think that we will need more if new housing is built.”

“56% say traffic is poor in the village”

“82% of people agree or strongly agree that the Neighbourhood Plan should set aside land for employment”

“91% say it’s essential or very important to protect the open countryside around the village”

Don’t worry if you missed your chance to have your say at the Village Show - you still have until 12 November to fill in our survey online or you can download it.

Rachel

Survey – making progress

We have 75 (online) responses in now, well done everyone who has taken the time to complete the online survey.

The paper survey will be out with the Gazette shortly; this is for those people who don't want to (or can't) complete the survey online. See the front page of the website for the drop-off points for completed surveys.

Chris

The Village Show

Today is the Village Show in Gamlingay, weather permitting, and there will be plenty going on. But in addition to the shows, the fun and the games, there will be a few of us on the Steering Group touring the site to ask questions of residents of this fine village.

The questions will relate to how we wish to see the development of the village. Development will come, so to make sure that we like the future shape of Gamlingay we must express our opinions and put them in the Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan is being developed by the Steering Group and we need the help of Gamlingay to shape it the way those who live in Gamlingay want it.

There will be only a few questions; the questioners will have bright sashes and will approach you with a smile to pose the questions.

Chris

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