New Kneesworth Community Group

July 4, 2011

The Kneewsworth Community group fornmed to represent the Kneesworth ansd wider villages in the A1198 proposal has been formed and details can be found on


Update: 20TH January 2011

January 24, 2011

Following the successful campaign to remove the proposed gypsy and traveller site in Spring Lane from the list of site options, attention has now turned to the situation regarding the “old market” site on the A1198.

The owner of that piece of land has indicated to South Cambridgeshire District Council that it might be made available for a gypsy and traveller site. The district council has decided to undertake an assessment of the site after which it will be decided whether to take the opportunity further, including a public consultation. It is by no means certain that the site will proceed but it is nevertheless essential to take action now.

The current leaders of the Action Group called a meeting last week in the United Reform Church in South End Bassingbourn with the purpose of updating residents and identifying what actions were needed. Residents living in the vicinity of the site were informed about the meeting and invited to attend. Mike Hallett, Chairman of the Parish Council, chaired the meeting which was attended by around 80 residents and supported by our elected district councillors.

As was expected, it was a lively meeting. There was a clear demonstration from those attending that if the proposal to establish pitches on the “old market “ site were to go ahead it would have a detrimental effect on the residents not only of Kneesworth but the wider village of Bassingbourn. It was clear that an action group was needed to head up a campaign and that the best people to do this are those living near the site. Nine people came forward to form the nucleus of a group and they are getting together to determine the way forward.

Mike, Jill and John who led the Action Group in the Spring Lane campaign are standing down to allow the new group complete freedom to tackle this latest development. They will continue to give support and advice where called for.

This website will remain in existence and updates will be posted by the new group.

As we sign off we wish to express our thanks to everyone in Bassingbourn-cum Kneesworth for the amazing support and commitment given throughout the campaign. We are, of course delighted, that it resulted in a successful outcome.


Development of Gypsy and Traveller sites in or around Bassingbourn

December 9, 2010

You may be aware that the Officers at South Cambridge District Council have recommended that the proposed Gypsy and Traveller site in Spring Lane Bassingbourn should drop out of consideration at this stage. This means that, if the recommendations are accepted by the New Communities Portfolio Holder at his meeting on 14th December 2010, land at Spring Lane would no longer be considered to be a suitable option.

Whilst this is very good news, it must be tempered by a recommendation, also to be considered at the meeting on 14th December, that new sites put forward in the consultation process in 2009 should be given further consideration. This includes a potential site, the market/car boot land on the A1198 which was suggested in representations, possibly by the land owner.

The current position with this is that the site has been subjected to initial testing by officers who recommend that it is worthy of further exploration to identify whether suitable deliverable options could be delivered. It is stated that this exploration will include discussions with the landowner(s), local Parish Council and other key stakeholders, and if it is found to be a possible new option, will be subject to sustainability appraisal and public consultation at the next stage of the plan making process.

It is unlikely that any action will be taken by the District Council until after the Government Localism Bill is passed into legislation because this will potentially set the direction for local planning decisions and establish additional powers for local communities in planning matters. However, this should not be taken as a signal to do nothing, should residents wish to oppose this site. If this is the case proper preparations must be made to lobby against the adoption of the “market site” on the A 1198 at every step of the process. The Parish Council would have a vital role to play in this from the outset.

With this in mind members of the Bassingbourn Action Group would be interested to know your reactions to this news.

The group will endeavour to give up to date information as it becomes available and co-ordinate meetings and actions.

Please make contact on any of the following:

  • Write: Bassingbourn Action Group c/o 31 Brook Road, Bassingbourn SG8 5NR


December 8, 2010


The report to the New Communities Portfolio Holders Meeting scheduled for 14thDecember recommends that the proposed site in Spring Lane, Bassingbourn, is no longer a site option.

In effect this means that the proposal to develop a gypsy and traveller site in Spring Lane is now scrapped.

The process by which South Cambridgeshire District Council is required to provide sites for gypsies and travellers will now be deferred until the Government issues new directives on the role of district councils and communities in this process.

Our thanks go to everyone who has helped with the campaign. This result is due reward for the efforts made by the whole of the village.

We will contact you again as soon as we have further news.