As part of Cam's Neighbourhood Development Plan we want to put some protection in place for some of our precious

LOCAL GREEN SPACES

Please will you complete our questionnaire by clicking on the following link and tell us how much you value green spaces in Cam.

Cam Local Green Space Questionnaire

The Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group are assessing sites for suitability for a 'Local Green Space' designation in the Neighbourhood Plan and your views are essential.

We need you to do this in order to satisfy the rigorous legal process to formally designate areas you want to protect as what are termed 'Local Green Spaces' (LGS).

Local green space designation is a way to provide special protection for green areas of particular importance to local communities. For a space to be eligible it has to be particularly significant locally with regard to beauty, wildlife, tranquility, recreation or historic significance.

That significance is about whether a site is:

  • Beautiful (as local people see that);
  • Historically significant (which can be in terms of very local history);
  • Valuable for recreation (walking, use of public rights of way, used for picnics, walking, playing);
  • Tranquil (mostly quiet);
  • Rich in, or important to, wildlife (not necessarily living on the site, but also using it, eg. bats).

In 2016 residents were asked to complete a NDP Questionnaire and the Steering Group has used this information to develop the NDP further. Local people suggested areas of land that they think could benefit from being designated as LGS.

The LGS proposed so far include Holywell Orchard (adjoining Norman Hill Sports field), Mill Way Triangle (between Summerhayes and Norman Hill Estates), Littlecombe Meadow (off Ricardo Drive, Littlecombe), Cam Sports Ground (Everlands), land on Manor Avenue Edge (opposite Pevelands), Tilsdown Square (between Springfield and Tilsdown Close), and Street Farm Field adjoining Littlecombe Meadow. More sites could be added later.

According to national planning policy, 'The designation of land as Local Green Space through local and neighbourhood plans allows communities to identify and protect green areas of particular importance to them.' (National Planning Policy Framework, para. 100). This is why we need your views.

If you think a site meets any of the five criteria above please ensure you click the link to make your views known by completing the questionnaire.

Cam Local Green Space Questionnaire

If you and others value it highly, then we will contact the landowner, who has the right to object to the proposed designation. The results will then be assessed by the Independent Examiner who will eventually report on the NDP, so the strength of local evidence is crucial.

Many thanks for your assistance,
Terry Grocutt
Chair - Cam Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

The Steering Group is made up of local volunteers and members of Cam Parish Council whose aim is to provide a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Cam under powers provided by the Localism Act 2011.

Local volunteers and the Parish Council have put together a Steering Group to draft a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Cam, under powers provided by the Localism Act 2011. This will enable Cam to put in place planning policies for the future development and growth of our neighbourhoods.

If you are a Cam resident, please feel free to get involved.

More about 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
  • What new housing might look like
  • Whether there are other community needs e.g. car parking or community facilities

The plan can be as detailed or as general as local people want.

Neighbourhood Plans empower local people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plans must still meet the needs of the wider area and will have to take into account the Local Plan produced by Stroud District Council on the assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.

The influence a Neighbourhood Plan gives the community means it is worth getting involved!

The work of the Steering Group has been focused on a range of categories including:

  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Business & Employment
  • Services and Facilities
  • Transport

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

Updates from the Steering group

October 2018

Please do come and chat to us at the council office on 13th Oct! Cam needs you to tell us what you think!

August 2018

OPEN EVENTS at Cam Parish Office 11 am till 12
August 11 September 8 October 13 November 10 December 8 January 19

We look forward to seeing you and there is coffee, tea, and biscuits! Find out what's happening in Cam and tell us what you think!
Come and meet Terry, Mike, Christina, Janice, Marion, Moira and other councillors and volunteers from the Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group
Let's talk about housing, green spaces, the Future... ... let's talk about CAM!

May 2018

The steering group is now at the stage where it is working with and getting guidance from a group of expert consultants to ensure that our Neighbourhood Development Plan meets the professional standards required of it. As a result of this and an injection of 4 new and enthusiastic volunteers to the group, progress has really taken on a pace.

The Design Statement is completed and being reviewed. This involved a lot of hard work by our volunteers and Councillors who walked every inch of Cam area by area and submitted their findings towards this important document that will feed into the NDP.

Next on the Agenda is a Landscape Assessment that will be carried out by a consultant and which will also inform the NDP.

And the hope is that the Neighbourhood Plan will be complete by the end of the year!

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 2018

Please see our meetings calendar

Or email: admin@camparishcouncil.gov.uk

Or call 01453 548884.