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 @ gamlingay-pc.gov.uk,

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.

Chris
 

Public Meeting 17 May 17 – documents

We held our promised public meeting on 17 May 2017 and 20-25 people attended. They were mostly from Gamlingay, but about 4 were from Waresley and Hatley.

There were two formal presentations: Jake Posner, our data analyst presented some of the results of the paper/online survey (401 responses); and I presented some of the data that we had gleaned from the survey with respect to people's preferences for Transport, Housing and the Environment. These three subjects have overlapping issues, of course.

I have attached copies of those two presentations, with addition (not presented at the meeting) of the Economic issues from Bridget Smith, but not of Sarah's general summary of how we are progressing with the NP in the Steering Group.

Chris

Agenda

Overall Presentation

Economic Development

Environment

Public Meeting 17 May 2017

There will be a public meeting on Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 7:30pm to discuss the progress that the volunteers have made with preparing the draft Neighbourhood Plan. The meeting will present some of the findings from the Survey and will invite comments on the conclusions that we have drawn.

Chris

The Future for Gamlingay – Planning Ahead

This is the blog, or diary, for Gamlingay–Future.  It will chronicle the progress that the village makes towards a Neighbourhood Plan on which we can depend for future development in Gamlingay.

The process is likely to be a protracted one and it will need some perseverance on all our parts, but this blog should serve to keep everyone informed.

Chris

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