Retirement Village - Register to Attend / Join
17 January 2022

Register to Attend

Dear Residents

The appeal hearing for the proposed retirement village, on the land at the rear of 163 to 187 High Street Bottisham, will take place from Tuesday 25th January - Thursday 3rd February inclusive.

Take Part In Meeting - Register in Advance

  • If you wish to take an active part in the inquiry, you will need to pre-register by e-mailing: .
  • There is no deadline to register but clearly before Tuesday 25th January.
  • You will need to provide the following information to allow East Cambs D C to send the meeting information and joining instructions:
  • Your name (as it will be shown when you login to the Zoom meeting - If they are unable to match your name you may not be allowed into the meeting)
  • The appeal you are interested in (21/00033/REFAPP)
  • The email address you wish to have the meeting information sent to

Observe Meeting On YouTube - 25th January AM

  • If you wish to observe the event you can watch on East Cambridgeshire District Council’s YouTube channel.
  • A link will be published on the council’s website at: .
  • Along with access to the core documents library and any other relevant information via this link.
  • The link to the youtube channel will be published on the morning of 25 January when the inquiry starts.

Planning Background

Development of retirement care village in class C2 comprising housing with care, communal health, wellbeing and leisure facilities; and C3 affordable dwellings (compromising up to 30% on-site provision), public open space, play provision, landscaping, car parking, access and associated development.

As you are aware the original planning application was refused by East Cambs District Council (ECDC), and was again refused on a subsequent appeal. Both ECDC and Bottisham Parish Council and the Bottisham Medical Practice maintained their position in strongly opposing this development on the Green Belt and have submitted documentation to support this opposition. Many residents have supported this with adding their reasons for objecting and we, along with the Medical Practice, would like to thank you for your support and commitment to helping maintaining our village with Green Belt land.

Details of the Application / Appeal

  • Land Rear Of 163 To 187 High Street, Bottisham
  • (Planning Ref: 20/00296/OUM, Appeal Ref: 21/00033/REFAPP)
  • Planning Inspectorate Ref: APP/V0510/W/21/3282241
  • Appellant: Axis LP On Behalf Of Bottisham Farming Ltd
  • Starting 25 January 2022 - 10:00am.
  • Other planned dates include 26, 27, 28 January 2022 & 1, 2, 3 February 2022.

Documentation, along with the appeal dates, can be found on the ECDC website:

The core documents are available now on the council’s website:

Reference Number

  • 21/00033/REFAPP
Police Survey
12 January 2022

Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is asking Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents to give their views on his proposed increase to the policing part of council tax in a short survey.

The survey will be open until 5pm on 20th January 2022.

For the 2022/23 financial year, as with others, it is important to clarify that police funding comes from two main sources: 56% from central government (excluding specific grants) and the remainder from the policing part of council tax.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston is keen to understand your views on crime and policing through the below short, online survey which I urge you to complete.

From the many conversations had with people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that many of you value the policing service you receive.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Prestonalso states, however, that household costs are rising across the board. Unfortunately. it is no different for policing. Inflation pressures and national insurance increases mean that there are considerable increasing costs for policing which must be met to enable the Constabulary to continue to provide a good service.

Whilst the additional 82 officers recruited through the government’s national ‘Uplift’ programme will bring officer numbers in the county to record levels – 1,714 by March 2023, these officers (and those who have recently joined) need support, supervision and training before they are fully up to speed and working within our communities.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston proposal is to increase it by £10 per year (based on a Band D property) will enable the Chief Constable to invest in a number of areas which are detailedhere.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey – your views will help inform my final decision on how much to raise the policing part of council tax.

The survey closes at 17:00 on Thursday 20th January, 2022.

Free Housing & Community Advice Service - Bus Visits
11 January 2022

The Housing and Community Advice Service Bus will be travelling to areas across our area to provide support and advice on topics ranging from debt and benefits to homelessness and COVID-19 recovery. The Community Hub bus is a one stop shop providing information, advice, and support to improve the wellbeing of our community. It will be in Bottisham every third Wednesday in the month


Next Stop in Bottisham - 19th January 2022

At Bottisham Community Sports and Social Club just off Downing Close.

The hubs provide FREE support and advice for individuals and their families covering drink or drug challenges, housing or homelessness issues, benefit questions, mental health advice, domestic abuse, money worries, they are also there if you just need someone to talk to.If you have any paperwork relating to your questions, try and bring it with you.

You do not need to make an appointment, just drop in and someone will see you as soon as they are available

You can attend any of the drop-ins. Have a look on the bus timetable for where the bus is next.

For more details visit:

East Cambridgeshire Community Fund
31 December 2021
Bottisham Medical Practice - Interview with Dr Keith
16 October 2021

Dr Tamara Keith talks about the GP Crisis on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Our surgery is working tirelessly to support our residents but we need to support them too. How? We ask that you consider what is urgent before you call so to ensure not overburdened any more. Look after yourselves, look after each other. Be kind and considerate to our GPs and recognise they are always working in our best interests.  Listen to the You Tube Interview with Dr Keith  Dr Keith shares the stresses and the strains that not only a doctor endures but also the statistics for the patients coming through our surgery.  

Parish Councillor Vacancy x 3
12 October 2021


Are you interested in Bottisham village community matters and your local environment?

Would you like to make a difference in your village?

Local issues need local people to speak up for them!

We are looking to co-op 3 new Parish Councillors could you fit the bill?

You could get actively involved in projects to deliver benefits to the community.

For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Giles, Clerk and Proper Officer

Tel: 07789 012761  Email:

Bottisham Medical Practice
29 September 2021

Bottisham Medical Practice Patients’ Participation Group

Masks: The guidance is for both staff and patients to continue to wear masks in healthcare setting. We would ask that all patients please continue to wear a mask when they attend to the surgery in order to protect them, other patients and our staff.

Blood Samples: Due to a shortage of equipment your GP may discuss with you postponing routine / non urgent blood tests.

Blood Tests: It may be the case that you are requested to have your blood test at the Newmarket Road, Cambridge Park and Ride location. The drop-in service will be available between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Fridays to anyone over the age of 16 and who has medical paperwork or a request for blood tests placed on the hospital computer system confirming they need a blood test.

With best wishes to you all during these difficult times. Stay safe.

National Highways A14 Maintenance
22 September 2021

A14 Junction 37 / A142 bridge: essential maintenance

A14 junctions 33 to 38 in both directions: essential maintenance

National Highways have sent letters to all residents in Bottisham to notify of next phase of work for mainline safety barrier and drainage renewals between junctions 33 to 38. Also continuing maintenance work to junctions 37 / A142 bridge. Notification is enclosed around closure dates and diversion routes. To find out more about roadworks across the East of England visit to register for latest alerts.  Any enquiries contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or email

Mental Health Resources
19 May 2021


What is a mental health crisis?

You, or someone you know, might be in crisis if:

  • You are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide seems the only option
  • Someone you know has made threats to hurt you or someone else.
  • You are experiencing extreme distress that seems overwhelming.

Who can help in a mental health crisis?

Call 111 and press option 2 for theFirst Response Service- a 24-hour service for people in a mental health crisis. This service is for anyone, of any age, living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Specially-trained mental health staff will speak to you and discuss with you your mental health care needs – instead of you having to go to accident and emergency departments of local acute hospitals.

If you are over the age of 16 you can access the Sanctuary in Cambridge or Peterborough - People in crisis across the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be able to access Sanctuary support. Staffed by mental health charity Mind in Cambridgeshire, the Sanctuary offers people practical and emotional support between 6pm and 1am and is accessible by referral from the First Response Service.

Call your local GP if you are concerned about your mental health and you feel unable to cope.

Some websites and apps which may be helpful to cope with isolation, anxiety and stress are on the following pages.

General mental health support:


Mindfulness for your everyday life

Currently free

Just 10 days of Headspace can increase happiness by 16%

Explore guided exercises, videos, and more to help you get healthier and happier.

Meditation, mindfulness, stress and anxiety management

Keep Your Head brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

Recourses for child and adult mental health

Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Free Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The clinically proven online mindfulness course for better mental wellbeing

Specifically for children and young people:

Information and resources for children, young people and families who suffer with mental health problems. Helpline. Signposting for support. Educational materials.

Online counselling and support for children and young people.

Information and resources for children, young people and families who suffer with mental health problems. Helpline. Signposting for support. Educational materials

A charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them through education, resilience strategies and early intervention. Provided digitally through education programmes, apps, website and mental health conferences.

Free, confidential helpline for young people. Volunteers available 24/7 to offer support on a range of issues eg self-harm, bullying, drugs etc.

A website with helpful relaxation exercises for children with anxiety

A safe space for children aged 12+ years to have their questions answered accurately, and can access online counselling.

Apps to help with mental health: A website to find apps recommended by the NHS

Be Mindful is an online course for reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It guides you through the elements of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

Headspace: Mindfulness and meditation. There is a kids section.

Calm: Mindfulness and meditation. There are different age-specific sessions.

CalmHarm: An app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Private and password protected

Safespot: A helpful app (and website) designed to help young people cope and manage stressful situations. Personalised coping plan.

HappiMe: HappiMe is a free app that helps to raise self-esteem, self-confidence and happiness levels in children and young people by teaching them about the power of thinking positively and how to choose a more helpful way of thinking.

Big White Wall is an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or one-to-one therapy with therapists.

Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life.

Document prepared by Dr T Keith

Bottisham Medical Practice

Parish Council response to Planning Authority on proposed application for retirement village
18 May 2021

Bottisham Parish Council

Response to Planning Application 20/00296/OUM

Bottisham Parish Council does not support this planning application for the reasons outlined within this report


This application falls within land currently designated as green belt, which provides for general exclusion of development apart from exceptional circumstances.

Policy numbers 145 and 146 are well documented in the NPPF. We have previously supported in the 2015 Local Plan provision of affordable housing for local people on a limited area of green belt.

Part of the application also falls within the conservation area and the building envelope is also involved. During the review of the East Cambs Local Plan, we were explicitly assured by ECDC planning officers that it was not necessary to apply for Local Green Space designation, which would give a high level of protection for special green areas. We were informed that it already had a high level of protection, due to the Green Belt, Conservation Area and the village envelope, plus the Structure Plan statements. Any contemplation of a reversal of this position we feel goes against the previous statement.

Any development such as this would very significantly increase the number of houses, relative to the current size of the village, and we believe the infrastructure would not be able to cope.

There may or may not be demand more widely within East Cambs for retirement homes of this kind. However, we would argue that it should be located where there are large areas of brown and greenfield land without Green Belt status.

We are aware of the policies to provide protection to the Green belt and the applicable exceptions. The policy is there to protect Urban Sprawl, the environs of existing properties, biodiversity and especially to protect the character and needs of the community. It is well documented in the Green Belt, Structure plans and also recent planning appeals.

The need to protect the Green Belt was recognised by East Cambs, and then by the Inspector, during the recent appeal for planning permission on a very small area of Green Belt belonging to First Copy.

Any development in this area would be deemed as an encroachment and undermining of the rural character of the landscape and have an adverse effect on the neighbours and residents in other areas within the village and surrounding areas.


The Bottisham Surgery provides health care for two care homes in the village, plus a high dependency unit, placing significant demand on local GP resources. It was keenly noted at the parish council’s consultation that residents were concerned by the creation of a top heavy resident demographic. This would place a significant extra strain on medical resources and like facilities in the village.

It should be noted that Planning Permission has already been granted for 50 homes inBell Road adding to the strain on local services.

At this stage there is no information on how the retirement village will be managed and this could seriously impinge on the care and health of the residents who come to live there. This should be clarified at an early stage, as the residents are not going to be the usual mix of ages. They will be in one particular group which would bring added requirements of support.

I am sure the Surgery will require further reassurances and information on how the care for emergencies and other care issues are managed.


These will apply not only for residents but staff, visitors and delivery vehicles. The public transport to other towns is considered inadequate and there is no bus service on Sundays or evenings. This will undoubtedly encourage car use by residents and be inadequate for staff who will be involved in shift work. This will bring extra traffic into the village

Staffing for such a venture will not come from the village, as the Care Homes within the village already have a high percentage of staff (including cooks, gardeners as well as carers and nursing staff) drawn from outside of the village. This will again cause an increase in traffic due to the poor public transport. This, at a time when East Cambs District Council is encouraging a reduction in the carbon footprint.


We have always questioned the statement from Anglian Water that there is adequate capacity. Residents in the area repeatedly comment on the early morning traffic of tankers removing effluent several times a week. If more houses are built, as well as the 50 already granted permission off of Bell Road, then it could be estimated an extra one or two tankers a week will be required - as well as increasing the strain on a sewage farm built for much lower volume. .


We have previously commented on the Landscape and Visual Impact during several submissions on reviews in this area.

Green Belt policies and review in public, Local Plan, in particular the recent one, the review of the Structure Plan 1995. This concluded the area between the bridleway (now a public footpath) and The Grange (HiltonPark) is appropriately described as being high of landscape value and forms a clear cut, permanent and easily recognisable boundary for the Green Belt in the neighbourhood.

There is also a vista from the Nine Mile Hill to the Swaffham Road. This was referred to during the Consultation and opposition to the Nine Mile Hill application in 1991.

Any applicants will go to considerable lengths to reduce the impact of the proposal both in terms of layout, landscaping and usage. But, this will not overcome the detrimental impact on the area.


This area already has traffic issues and we have installed traffic calming speed indicating displays within the area to ease some of them.

The traffic survey is misleading, as it was done during school holidays and at times when the village was quieter.

The area near to the Scout Hut on the High Street, close to the proposed access to the site, is a potential danger due to parking during school picking up times and when events are being held there. Visibility will be especially impaired for residents and visitors entering and leaving the site.

This area in the High Street and Beechwood Avenue have significant parking problems as it stands. The increased traffic flow coming from this new development will significantly increase the possibility of accidents. This will be particularly the case at pick up and drop off times at the primary school. Parking for visitors to the site could be an issue, leading to an increase of cars parked in the High Street and Beechwood Ave close to the primary school. These are already a dangerous place for children arriving and leaving.

Approaching the site along the High Street from the village centre, there are concerns that the visibility on entering the site is impaired due to a neighbouring property’s high wall.

The entrance to the play area has yet to be defined and there may be issues with ownership at the end of Rowan Close. However, if access is via Rowan Close, there will be issues with parking there – likely to be worse during school pick up time.


We received this application shortly before the Covid-19 restrictions, but managed to have a well attended meeting in order for the Village to see the plans. We were not however able to have a subsequent public meeting to discuss the feedback. However, the Parish Council has held an online meeting to discuss this. We have done our best to represent local views given the circumstances.


We oppose this application for the following reasons:

1. This proposal is not within the Policies of any of the exceptions to allow a departure from the Green Belt as allowed in the NPPF Para 145 and 146 and is also contrary to Policies: Growths 5, Env 1, Env 2 and Env 10 of the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2015 and also Chapter 13 of the NPPF.

2. Bottisham have always opposed any development in the Green Belt, unless in special circumstances. As a village we do not feel that these special circumstances have been demonstrated or that the land is suitable for development in the first place.

3. The need for this type of development for Bottisham has not been proven anywhere within the village. Any more large scale development in this village is not acceptable.

4. There are far too many imponderables in this application, even though it is outline. If this application is referred to Planning Committee we will further address them.

5. If this application is referred to Planning Committee, then we will inform the Village and also use our right to attend the meeting to speak.

6. We strongly urge this application be refused – most especially as it is in an area long recognised as deserving of protection. There is no demonstration of a local need for this facility in Bottisham.

Hilda Buchanan

Parish Councillor Representing Bottisham Parish Council 

Minor Highways Bids
18 May 2021

The County Council have asked for applications for the above scheme. Last year we were unsuccessful in our application for lay-bys to be installed outside of the shops. There is only a small pot of money for this scheme and the criteria isvery strict focussing very much on safety. If you have any ideas for an area of the highway in the village that could be improved for safety reasons please let us know.