The Parish of Cam lies in the Vale of Gloucester, south of Gloucester, north of Bristol and close to the market town of Dursley.
The first written record of Cam is in the Doomsday book 1086-90. The original spelling was "Camma", Celtic and pre-Christian in origin, possibly meaning river in the valley. It is thought to have been the oldest village in the district.
Its history is closely associated with the woollen industry, with several old mills still in existence. There has been considerable residential development from the middle of the twentieth century and Cam is now a thriving community with a population of approximately 8,500 people, represented by a Parish Council with 16 members.
Cam Parish Council assists to provide your local services. Our website includes much information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.
Physical constraints include the floodplain that runs along the River Cam, together with the topography of the valley sides to the east, and the Cotswold escarpment to the southeast and southwest. There are a number of listed buildings, primarily within Upper and Lower Cam. Westfield and Bownace Woods and Cam Peak and Longdown More »
Key Wildlife Sites lie to the southwest and southeast of the town respectively. The Cotswolds AONB adjoins the southern edge of the settlement and lies to the southeast. There are protected open spaces within the settlement and to the northwest.
The village is identified in the Local Plan as a First Tier settlement and has settlement development limits. The preferred direction for housing growth in landscape terms is to the north/north east and east of the settlement. The preferred direction for employment growth in landscape terms is to the north/northeast.
Cam is identified as an Accessible Local Service Centre in the Local Plan. The settlement has a very strong local retail role. The main line rail station is the only strategic facility but there is very good accessibility to most key services and facilities, within the town and elsewhere. Access to services and facilities elsewhere is rated very good.
Cam accommodates a large number of jobs. Broad locations for future growth There may be the following broad locations for further growth around the settlement, should growth be required:
CAM A South west of Manor Close (for housing and/or community uses only)
CAM B West of Draycott
CAM C North of Box Road
CAM D South of Draycott Farm
CAM E East of River Cam (for housing and/or community uses only) Sites with future potential Sites identified through the 2017 SALA are shown on the map (right). Sites outlined in red may have future potential. Sites outlined in blue are considered unsuitable or not available.
Do you agree? We would love you to come and join us to have your say on the way Cam will grow in further years... Cam Parish Council will be holding an Open Day on 25th November 2017 from 10am onwards. It is the day of our Christmas Fair so drop in with your comments and ask Councillors any questions you may have, we will try to help you out with answers or certainly direct you to others who could help! » Less
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:55 by Jenny Walkley
Cam Christmas light switch on. Many different festive activities. Saturday 25th November 2017 2.00pm-5.00pm
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:02 by Peri-Celine
Cam Parish Council has recently paid for the clearance of the drainage ditch at Rackleaze Nature Reserve due to the illegal fly-tipping of green waste causing the blocking of the ditch¸ damaging the habitat¸ and attracting rats.
Rackleaze Nature Reserve is home to many protected species including water vole¸ otter¸ and bats. The protected species must be taken into consideration with the pest control of rats. This is an unexpected additional cost to the Parish Council. More »
Recently there have been several incidents of further illegal fly-tipping including scattered food in the cleared ditch. There is concern that this food waste may be poisoned which is of high risk¸ not only to wildlife but to pets visiting the site. The food waste is being removed and disposed of and these incidents have been reported to the Police.
The site is being closely monitored and it is hoped that further incidents will not occur and that the Rackleaze Nature Reserve will remain a haven to wildlife and residents alike. » Less
Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:37 by Jo