Local volunteers and the parish council have put together a Steering Group and we are drafting a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) for Cam under powers provided by the Localism Act 2011. This will enable local communities to put in place planning policies for the future development and growth of their neighbourhoods.
If you are a Cam resident, please get involved.
Neighbourhood development plans.
A Neighbourhood Plan establishes general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, like:
- Where new shops, homes and other developments should be built?
- Whether there are important local green spaces which should be designated for protection?
- Which sites could be developed for housing or employment?
- Whether there are other community needs e.g. car parking or community facilities?
The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want.
Neighbourhood Plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area. In most cases we expect this will mean that neighbourhood plans will have to take into account the local council's assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.
This power means it is worth getting involved in!
The work of the Steering Group has been focused on a range of categories including:
- Business & Employment
- Services and Facilities
Cam Neighbourhood Plan, when it is completed, will be subject to examination and referendum by the people of Cam. If approved and supported by a majority of residents the plan will be adopted by Stroud District Council and become a statutory document to aid when developers/residents are looking at your parish for future development.
To find out more please email or call 01453 548884.
Contact: NDP Steering Group
The Neighbourhood Development Plan update October 2017
This month the steering group is preparing to create a "Design Area Statement" (DAS) or put another way "A Character Assessment" of Cam, which is an essential requirement for a Neighbourhood Plan.
To arrive at our DAS our members are undertaking a survey of the whole of Cam area by area to identify the essential character of the those areas and of the village as a whole.
The DAS is important because it allows us to have influence on future development in the area and to ensure it is keeping with the character we have and want to have.
We want any new development (and we already know there is outline planning applications for north east Cam, Box Road, for 450 to 650 houses) to fit in with our village and to protect its essential character. If we do not have a comprehensive DAS, we could end up with styles of housing we would rather not have or that are out of character like houses in a line, no front lawn and the road used as the car park.
Cam's streets are lined with trees, shrubs and foliage and our village is surrounded by woods and open fields. We have a tree sky line classed as an Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty (ANOB). We want to preserve these special features.
In this report we will be aiming to protect the rural feel and essential character of Cam by first identifying what makes it this way in detail and then by stating what new development might look like in order to fit in with this without disrupting important views, for example, that are so distinctive of our village.
We can also identify features within applications that we would reject as not appropriate or in keeping.
Items covered in the report will be:
USE: What buildings and spaces are and could be used for.
AMOUNT: How much development could take place on sites
LAYOUT: How the buildings and public or private spaces are and could be arranged, the relationship between them and the buildings and spaces around them.
SCALE: How big new buildings could be (their height, width and length) to fit in
LANDSCAPING: How open spaces should be preserved or enhanced to protect the character of Cam
APPEARANCE: What new buildings and spaces will look like, for example, building materials and architectural details
We would also seek to support and identify land appropriate for those who want to build their own homes.
Should you want to get involved with the Steering group, please contact the Deputy Clerk at Cam Parish Council.
Meeting Dates 2017
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