Gransden 2020 Vision: Great Gransden's Neighbourhood Plan

Your input is important for the success of the Neighbourhood Plan. It will help to define a shared vision of our village’s character and sustainable development for the future.
The Plan will sit alongside the local planning authority’s Local Plan and both will be used in deciding planning applications. This survey is different from the recent housing needs survey, relevant points of which will be included in the Plan. This Plan is not just about buildings, your views are needed on: the most valuable natural/wild spaces, the most unique/defining/neglected or disappointing features, your favourite walks, the things you would most like to preserve/improve/increase etc.

Neighbourhood Plans are a Government initiative. Ours is supported by Huntingdon District Council and Great Gransden Parish Council. Work to collect and collate information and views is being undertaken by a steering group of volunteer residents, including some Parish Councillors, who will be available to hear your views at village events. Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning helps local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community, where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

If you are also willing to be involved and take on a role to move the project forward, please contact us! Email

Agenda for the February 2021 meeting

posted 20 Feb 2021, 07:05 by N Day

the next steering group meeting is on Wednesday, February 24; the agenda is is on the PC website, along with joining instructions for the Zoom meeting.

Two sections of the plan online (but still in draft!)

posted 3 Feb 2021, 03:06 by N Day   [ updated 3 Feb 2021, 03:07 ]

Good progress is being made with drafting the Neighbourhood Plan. We would like to share sections with you so that you can see how it is developing and most importantly to get any comments and feedback. The first sections are the Introduction and the Neighbourhood Plan Area. These set the scene for the Plan, giving an overview of Great Gransden today.  Do you think that these describe Great Gransden well? Is there anything missing that should be included?

All comments are welcome, please email

The GG NDP on Facebook!

posted 13 Jan 2021, 11:18 by N Day   [ updated 13 Jan 2021, 11:19 ]

The steering group has now (with EB's help) set up a FaceBook page. Visit, like it and follow it!

Presentation to the Parish Council, September 2020

posted 13 Jan 2021, 10:36 by N Day   [ updated 13 Jan 2021, 10:37 ]

David Prest, the chairman of the Steering Group working on the NDP for Great Gransden, gave a presentation to the Parish Council last September. A copy of the slides is now available on this website, in PDF format.

SuperFast Broadband in Great Gransden?

posted 24 Feb 2020, 01:20 by N Day

Feedback to the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) consultation indicates that low and unreliable broadband speed is a common problem in Great Gransden. Significant improvements could be achieved with the implementation of full fibre broadband and so the Steering Group for the Great Gransden NDP is examining the setting up of a Community Fibre Partnership with the aim to offer everyone in the village the opportunity to access to SuperFast Fibre broadband in their home or business.

What is a Community Fibre Partnership?

Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018, they announced a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Additionally, from May this year, premises in harder-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for extra funding under the Rural Communities scheme.

Community Fibre Partnerships are when two or more residents and/or Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) get together to combine Broadband Vouchers towards the shared cost of installation. Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 30Mbps can access vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each SME and up to £1,500 per residential premise; for those with 30Mbs already, the figures reduce to £1,500 for a business, and £500 for a home.

Great Gransden NDP Steering Group has registered for a Community Fibre Partnership to extend the potential benefit across all residents in the village. The more homes and business we involve in the Partnership, the more can be contributed to the installation cost to each premise from the Voucher Scheme.

The first step is for us to provide Openreach with a list of addresses that would like to be included in the scheme. If you would like to be involved, the information we need from you to register your interest is: Name, Postcode, Address, Landline Number, and whether you are an SME or residential property.

There is no financial obligation or commitment at this stage.

How are Openreach involved?

Openreach work with local communities to build a customised fibre solution to bring fibre broadband to homes and businesses, and this would determine the expected achievable download speeds. They put a joint funding arrangement in place, which means they contribute some of the costs and our Community Fibre Partnership funds the rest.

They will build the most affordable solution to meet our need and will advise on other grants we might be able to access from local authorities or the Government.

There is no requirement for residents to switch broadband provider.

What would be the costs?

Once we have registered the interest of everyone who would like to be involved, Openreach will calculate the costs involved in getting better broadband to these premises, and assist with the application for vouchers. The cost to each resident and business can only be confirmed after this stage is completed and it would be split across all participants.

Next steps

If you would like to join the Partnership, or have any questions, please email your details (see above) to and state whether you would like to be kept informed on progress. Please reply before March 31st. Your details will be kept only in relation to this initiative.

Draft Vision statement

posted 8 May 2019, 10:30 by N Day

The vision statement encapsulates the views of the NDP steering group as to the principles that should be encapsulated in the NDP. It is still being refined, but he draft as of April 2019 can be downloaded by clicking this link.

Public Consultation on the NDP

posted 20 Dec 2018, 03:27 by N Day   [ updated 20 Dec 2018, 03:27 ]

The steering group for the Great Gransden Neighbourhood Development Plan are holding a public consultation on Friday 18th January 2019. It will be held in the School Hall, from 5pm – 8pm.

The purpose is to let you find out what has been happening so far, and to give us your views!
All are welcome.

Community Engagement Strategy

posted 16 Oct 2018, 06:07 by N Day   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 06:11 ]

A document describing our Community Engagement Strategy is now available for download, in PDF format.

Designation of a neighbourhood area

posted 15 Oct 2018, 04:39 by N Day   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 06:31 ]

Great Gransden Parish Council's application for the designation of a neighbourhood area relating to the whole of the parish was approved on 30 July 2018. The text of the designation is as follows:

An application for designation of a neighbourhood area was received from Great Gransden Parish Council by Huntingdonshire District Council on 7 July 2018.
In accordance with regulation 5 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended Huntingdonshire District Council is satisfied that the application includes: a. a map which identifies the area to which the area application  relates; b. a statement explaining why this area is considered appropriate to be designated as a neighbourhood area; and c. a statement that the organisation or body making the area application is a relevant body for the purposes of section 61G of the 1990 Act.
In accordance with regulation 5A of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended this application is: a. from a parish  council; b. the area specified in the application consists of the whole of the parish council’s area; and c. no part of the specified area is part of a pre-existing neighbourhood area.
Therefore, as set out in regulation 5A(3), regulations 6 (Publicising an area application) and 6A (Prescribed date for determination of an area application) do not apply.  As such, in accordance with regulation 5A(2) of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended, Great Gransden Parish is hereby designated as a neighbourhood area.

... and the area designated (the whole parish of Great Gransden) is indicated by the map at the end of the PDF file in HDC's website.

Download the survey

posted 12 Jul 2018, 07:32 by N Day   [ updated 12 Jul 2018, 08:29 ]

A survey form has been widely distributed through the village, and we are very grateful to those who have used it to give information about your views. However, it's not too late if you have not yet sent yours in!

You can download a copy (in PDF format) here. Remember, anyone who lives or works in Great Gransden is welcome to provide feedback in this way: it's not just one per household. You can return the form via the village shop or school, or scan your completed form and email it to

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