Annual Parish Meeting

This was held on Friday 28 April ,when reports were received from the chairman, clerk and NDP team, with reports from the absdent District and County Councillors read out.  Publications Page.

Commercial Opportunity

The Parish Council is seeking a tenant for the Parish Field, one of its main sources of income.


Somerford Keynes Parish Council being the owner of a small parcel of land in the Parish is currently seeking a new tenant for the land which is located at the south-west corner of Keynes Country Park and is approximately 1.5 acres.  A five year lease will initially be granted to the successful applicant. The land is to be used for community activities, which may be on a commercial basis, but is not available for development. Please send your expressions of interest to The Clerk, Somerford Parish Council at together with your contact  details in order that the Invitation to Tender document may be forwarded to you. 7 April 2017 

Spring Clean

The Parish Council sponsors the Annual village spring clean, which this year was on Saturday morning April 1. A large amount of rubbish was found in verges. The volunteers later demolished excellent hotdogs. A map of the Parish appears on the “About” page Election Notice for County councillor. The candidates are listed here. I

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Owing to the recent death of John Brailey, a vacancy exists on the Parish Council. The date for calling an election having passed, the Parish Council may now co- opt a new councillor. If you are interested in helping your community, contact any Parish Councillor or the clerk. The final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation on June 10th, 2016. It is being revised in the light of comments and then will be passed to CDC to start its procedures towards adoption.

Parish Council Meetings

There is normally a meeting on the first non-Bank Holiday Monday of each month, unless the Clerk declares there is no business to transact. Meetings are always open to the public, and there is always the opportunity to raise questions. The Agenda for each meeting is usually published on the  noticeboard by the phone box and on this site on the Publications page, where Minutes of previous meetings can be found, together with other information


Planning matters are not quite straightforward. The planning authority for most matters is Cotswold District Council. However the planning authority for Mineral extraction, waste matters, schools, and any other land or structure owned by the County Council is the County Council, so they can give themselves permission, which seems odd. In many cases telecoms and other utility companies do not need permission, but have to advise of their intentions. In this internet age, paper documents rarely exist. The Parish Council receives alerts from the District Council about all applications in the parish. It also alerts us about applications by the county and by Wiltshire Council about neighbouring land. (There has been a recent application by the Thameswey Canoe club, which adjoins our boundary in the country Park, for example). You too can sign up for these alerts on the planning page of CDC website (link above). The Parish Council will consider all these applications and may choose to comment or object from time to time. Such comments are made on the webform provided on the planning pages, and are thus not readily seen by others. You can demand from Cotswold District Council to see all comments and objections, but you may have to make an appointment to visit their office. The relevant parish council minute will say if we comment or object, but may not give the reasons. If you are proposing to make an application, you are welcome to inform the Parish council, to see what response is likely.

Conservation Area

The Parish has a Conservation Area covering much of Somerford Keynes village from Croft House northwards, missing out some but not all of the modern housing. If you want to do building alterations or tree work in this area, you may well need permission from Cotswold District Council. The planning department will advise if permission is needed. A map showing the area was published in the Parish Newsletter of December 2004

Settlement Protection Boundaries

The last version of the CDC local plan included Policy UT2 : Settlement Protection Boundaries. These boundaries and their meaning are described on the attached document. The County Minerals Local Plan, also superceded by planning law changes brought about by the Localism Act 2011, had similar policies that minerals extraction should not take place within these boundaries, which is why Mr Cullimore’s application does not quite reach the housing of Shorncote. Note that neither plan specified where development might or might not take place, however there was a presumption on sustainability grounds that there should not be extensive development in villages without schools and shops. Just remember how this village developed in the 1970s! The draft County Minerals plan seeks to remove such boundaries in  its current consultation.

Fast Broadband

The Parish is in the area of the Fastershire Project. The village cabinet is complete and orders can now be taken if you are connected to cabinet 5. You can check your ISP for cost.  You might check if a bundle or a change of supplier will reduce costs. Two people have achieved speeds of 80 Mbs (near the cabinet) and 37Mbs (on the edge of the village). Many houses are now connected. If you live more than 1.1 km from the box, you are unlikely to see much improvement in speed. If you are not currently able to purchase fibre broadband and would like to, see this link for phase 2 by Gigaclear. They intend to provide fibre to the property, so speed will be very much higher than BT. This will however not be available if you are connected to the BT cabinet in Water Lane.
Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park
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Your Parish Council

Parish Councillors Michael McKeown Karen Mogridge Ron Munroe Michele Rigby Sarah Powell (Chairman) Roger Sleeman Parish Clerk: Wendy Cartwright 01285 861517 District Councillor Tony Berry 770220 County Councillor Shaun Parsons County councillors serve until May 2017 Parish and district councillors retire after the election in May 2019. From May 2015 we are in a new District ward called Kemble, including SK, Poole Keynes, Kemble, Coates, Tarlton & Rodmarton.
Minutes Publications Parish Plan 2012 Neighbourhood Plan Emergency Plan Planning Conservation Area Map Settlement Protection Fast Broadband

Next Meeting

The next meeting of Somerford Keynes Parish Council will be held on Monday 7th May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The Agenda will normally be shown here a few days beforehand. All meetings are open to the public. Agenda APM 28 April
County Council Planning Register Back to Top Parish Documents Parish Plan Village Lake The Lake was officially opened on May 22nd 2016, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a picnic. Pictures and words on the News page  The Parish Council now owns Lake 99 at the bottom of Mill Lane. It was gifted by Hansonís the gravel extractor. It is now a nature reserve with a footpath round it.   Note that the plot at the end of Mill Lane does not belong to the Council and is private property, for which planning consent for a dwelling has now been granted.
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Parish Expands

The District Council made an order dated February 2014 that added Neigh Bridge Country Park and Lake 63 (across the Spine Road from the park) to Somerford Keynes Parish from 1st April 2015 . Poole Keynes Parish Meeting were consulted and raised no objection. It seems most of Poole Keynes inhabitants were not aware this area was in their parish. This was not our first crack at expansion. From 1979-86 the Boundary Commission reviewed County Boundaries in England. The Parish Council proposed that the whole of lake 32 in the Country Park be taken into SK from Ashton Keynes. A map in the files shows there was consideration of adding the Cotswold Water Ski lake too, though this was never proposed. CDC put the proposal forward but without support, so it was never implemented. Some fifty years ago the Parish included Purlieu’s Farm on the edge of Ewen. This was transferred to Kemble and Ewen Parish. There are still two dwellings on the edge of Ewen, at Shooters Hill, that are within our parish.
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