Services Calendar

Two services are held each month:

  • 1st Sunday – Morning Service at 10:00am.
    This is a short informal service with coffee being served afterwards.
  • 3rd Sunday – Holy Communion at 11:00am

For further details of services, study groups and other events please visit the St Peter’s website
A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to join the congregation at either of these services.


Babraham was called Badburgham in Anglo Saxon times. Although Anglo-Saxon society was patriarchal this village was named after a woman – she must have been quite a forceful character. The manor belonged to Algar, Earl of Mercia. Worsted, or Wool Street, is to the north of the parish and to the east is the Icknield Way so the village was well placed to prosper from the wool trade.

The population of Babraham was about 200 at the time of Domesday (1086), was reduced to about 100 by the Black Death in 1348-1349, and was about 300 by the census of 1971.

Babraham had its own martyr. On April 16, Maundy Thursday, John Hullier was burned at the stake on Jesus Green for refusing to renounce the Protestant faith. He had served the parish of Babraham for about six years, becoming vicar in 1549.


Robert Taylor, a teller of the Exchequer, bought the estate and manor of Bruisyards at Babraham, completing a great mansion, Babraham Place, around 1580. He lost his fortune in 1588, following embezzlement by one of his servants.


Sir Horatio Palavicino acquired the estate. He was a shrewd Genoese who collected the pope’s taxes in England during the reign of Mary, converted them to his own use and became protestant on the accession of Elizabeth 1. He became a favourite of the queen, one of her negotiators in Germany and was crucial in financing her navy. But they fell out, he was banished from court and died in Babraham in 1600. His widow went on to marry to Sir Oliver Cromwell, uncle of the Protector. His son, Henry, inherited the estate but died without issue in 1615 at which time it passed to his younger brother Tobias.


Two brothers, Richard and Thomas Bennet, married to two sisters, bought the manor and estate of Babraham (with their mother-in-law’s help) from Tobias Palvacino, son of Sir Horatio Palavicino. He had squandered everything he inherited.


Parliament took over Babraham estate, possibly because of Thomas Bennet’s support for the King during the Civil War. But in 1660 Thomas Bennet’s loyalty to the crown was rewarded by Charles II – he became Sir Thomas and the estate was returned to him.


A school and almshouses were built following the death of Judith Bennet, grandaughter of Sir Thomas Bennet, in 1724.


The estate remained in the hands of the Bennet family until it was sold to William Mitchell who proceeded to demolish Babraham Place in1767. Some of the materials from the mansioin were used to repair the sluice at Chesterton. So much for conservation.


Robert Jones, a Director of the East India Company, bought the estate and built a ‘neat small seat’ on the empty site. Anne, his only child, married Colonel James Whorwood Adeane, who died in 1823.


The ‘neat small seat’ was demolished to make way for Babraham Hall rebuilt in Jacobean style between 1833 and 1837 by Henry John Adeane. It was considerably enlarged and remodelled in 1864.


Babraham Hall and 400 acres sold to the Agricultural Research Council.


Babraham Primary School opened.

With grateful thanks and acknowledgement to Babraham Chronicle compiled by Mary Symonds.

Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 14 January 2021

Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 14 January 2021

The Parish Council will meet on Thursday 14 January 2021 at 7:30 pm via Zoom. The Agenda and supporting documents are linked below. The draft Minutes for approval by Council will be posted after review by the Chair.



Collected documents

The Agenda is also available in PDF format

Our Boundary with Sawston

The housing development on north side of the road to Sawston lies within Babraham Parish. Our Local Plan includes a larger development to the south side; a significant part of that location also lies within our Parish.

Babraham and Sawston Parish Councils have met to discuss the boundary and where it should lie.

A review is now open and we encourage you to take part in the discussion and make your views known.

If you have any questions, please email the Parish Clerk, Don Powell, at

You can find more detail in the Report to SCDC Civic Affairs Commttee on Sawston and Babraham Parish Boundary: Community Governance Review

Have your say: Community Governance Review of the Civil Parishes of Babraham and Sawston

Stage One: 6 January to 3 March 2021.

Stage One of the Babraham and Sawston Community Governance Review has now commenced and submissions are invited between 6 January 2021 and 3 March 2021


At the request of Sawston Parish Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review of the parish boundary between the parishes of  Babraham and Sawston. The Review will consider whether the parish boundary should change following two new developments:

  1. The development north of Babraham Road (called H/1:b) consists of 3.64 hectares and is entirely within the parish of Babraham, abutting existing Sawston properties. Planning permission was granted on 28 August 2019 for 158 homes.
  2. The development H/1:c – South of Babraham Road consists of 11.64 ha and spans the parish boundary of Sawston and Babraham. The Council is anticipating an application for around 260 homes. The site is allocated within the South Cambridgeshire District Plan, 2018.

Sawston Parish Council has proposed an alteration to the Babraham/Sawston parish boundary to incorporate both of these new developments into the parish of Sawston

Have your say

You can find further details and have your say online:

Hard copy documents (submission forms and Terms of Reference) are available on request from:

Hard copy documents (submission forms and Terms of Reference) can also be collected from:

    • Sawston Post Office 50 High St, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3BG


Co-option of Councillor for Babraham Parish Council

Babraham Parish Council: Co-option of Councillor

Babraham Parish Council has a vacancy for a Councillor following the resignation of Councillor Gareth Walker.

The Council informed Electoral Services and advertised the vacancy and a call for an election was not made. Consequently, the Council will fill the vacancy at its meeting on 14 January 2021, should candidate(s) present themselves.

Please contact the Parish Council Clerk, Don Powell, at, if you wish to be considered for this role.

Applications must be submitted to the Parish Clerk by 23:29 on Wednesday 13 January 2021.

Candidates are asked to provide responses to the following questions in their application:

  • reasons for wishing to be a Councillor;
  • previous Community or Council work; and
  • other skills they can bring to the Council

There are certain legal requirements that candidates must satisfy (including but not limited to those listed below).

The Council will consider applications at its meeting on 14 January 2021, which starts at 19.30 on Zoom. Candidates should be prepared to answer questions on their application.

The Agenda can be viewed here.

Please note that Councillors might wish to ask candidates about their application at the meeting.

Please note that a means of contact by telephone and Council email should be public information for each Councillor.

After election

After election of any new Councillor, the Parish Clerk is responsible for ensuring that certain procedures are followed, including:

  • An elected Councillor should sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office;
  • An elected Councillor should complete a Notification of Interests form; and
  • An elected Councillor should be given a copy of the Parish Council’s Code of Conduct (available also on the Parish website at

The Parish Clerk will forward a copy of the Declaration and Notification to the South Cambridgeshire Monitoring Officer.

Guidance on a Councillor’s role

Local Government Association offers guidance:

Guidance for new councillors:

Conditions required of a Councillor (extracted from the National Association of Local Councils website)

Note that use of pronoun ‘he’ in this NALC document is copied from the original and is used to refer to any person whose gender is unknown.

Please note that Applicants must declare or certify in writing that they meet the criteria for eligibility set out in s.79 of the 1972 Act and are not disqualified under s.80 of the1972Act.

Qualifications for election and holding office as a councillor

  1. Section 79(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act”) provides, unless disqualified (see paragraph 7 below) a person is qualified to be elected and to be a councillor if he is a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or an EU citizen and on the day on which he is nominated and, if there is a poll, the day of the election he is 18 years of age or over and:
    1. on that day he is and thereafter he continues to be a local government elector for the area of the authority; or
    2. he has during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in that area; or
    3. his principal or only place of work during that 12 months has been in that area; or
    4. he has during the whole of those 12 months resided in that area; or
    5. in the case of a member of a parish or community council he has during the whole of those 12 months resided either in the parish or community or within three miles of it. [The Electoral Commission’s interpretation of this provision (namely section 79(1)(e) of the 1972 Act) is that all persons qualify to be elected and to be a member of a parish or community council if they have resided for the relevant 12 months in the parish or community or within three miles of it.]
  1. A person is a qualifying Commonwealth citizen if he is a Commonwealth citizen who either:
    1. is not a person who requires leave under the Immigration Act 1971 (“the 1971 Act”) to enter or remain in the United Kingdom, or
    2. is such a person but for the time being has (or is, by virtue of any enactment, to be treated as having) indefinite leave to remain within the meaning of the 1971 Act.
  1. A person is not a qualifying Commonwealth citizen if he does not require leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom by virtue only of section 8 of the 1971 Act (exceptions to requirement for leave in special cases).
  1. A person is qualified for re-election under paragraph 3(c) if he is already a councillor. The Court of Appeal held in Parker v Yeo (1992) that being a councillor was “work” and that the work was carried on in the area where the councillor was an elected member.

Disqualifications for election and holding office as a councillor

  1. In accordance with section 80 of the 1972 Act, a person is disqualified from being elected or being a councillor if he:
    1. holds any paid office or employment (other than the office of chairman, vice chairman or deputy chairman) to which he has been appointed by the council or any committee or sub-committee of the council, or by a paid officer of the council, or by any joint committee on which the council is represented; or
    2. is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order, an interim bankruptcy restrictions order, a debt relief restrictions order or an interim debt relief restrictions order under Schedule 4ZB of the Insolvency Act 1986;
    3. has within five years before the day of election or since his election been convicted of any offence and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least three months (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine; or
    4. has been found guilty of corrupt or illegal practices, or was responsible for incurring unlawful expenditure and the court orders his disqualification.
  1. In relation to paragraph 7(A) above, when dealing with an office of profit, it is irrelevant that no profit was actually received.

Legislation on local elections

Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006:


Babraham Parish Council: Agenda 14 January 2021

To members of the Council

You are hereby summoned to attend the meeting of Babraham Parish Council to be held remotely on 14 January 2021 at 19:30 for the purpose of considering and resolving the business as set out below.

Please could Councillors ensure they read the agenda notes and supporting documents circulated via email prior to the meeting.

Members of the public and press are invited to address the Council at this meeting during the Public Participation Time.

Members: 5        Quorum: 3

The meeting will be conducted remotely using Zoom conferencing using the following details

Topic: Babraham Parish Council Meeting 14 January 2021

Time: Jan 14, 2021 07:30 PM London

Meeting ID: 860 0236 7645

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                        Part I: Non-confidential information

2101/01           To receive and approve apologies for absence

2101/02           To receive members’ declaration of interest for items on this agenda

2101/03           To sign and approve Minutes of Meeting dated 12 November 2020

2101/04           Exclusion of the public

To determine which items, if any, from Part 1 of the Agenda should be taken with the public excluded.

2101/05           Co-option for Vacancy

Cllrs to consider application by members of the public to serve as Councillor by co-option as a result of the resignation of Cllr Walker (18 November 2020). Vacancy was posted on 19 November and no request for election was received by 10 December 2020.

2101/06           Public participation time: 15 minutes are allocated

2101/07           Report from South Cambridgeshire District Councillor P McDonald

2101/08           Report from Cambridgeshire County Councillor K Cuffley and R Hickford

2101/09           Report from Babraham Research Campus (BRC) representative

2101/10           Clerk’s report

2101/11           Coronavirus

To note or review communications from local and national authorities, views and actions from Parishioners and other publics. To resolve on actions for Parish Council.

2101/12           Budget

To review options for draft 2021—22 Budget and, if agreed, resolve to adopt.

2101/13           Boundary review

To review documents and actions relating to Boundary review and to resolve on any actions.

2101/14           Precept

To consider SCDC notification of Precept calculation and approve Precept application for return.

2101/15           Zero Carbon opportunities

To consider any response to proposal and resolve on any actions.

2101/16           Local Plan and local developments

To review and to resolve on recent developments on Call for Sites and SCDC Local Plan:

2101/17           Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP): A1307

To consider works on A1307, response to Council comments and to resolve on any actions.

2101/18           Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP): Transport and Parking Proposals

To consider routing of novel transport solutions and P&R, to note consultation, engagement with Parishioners and other stakeholders, response to GCP from Council and to resolve on any actions.

2101/19            Traffic calming

To note Council’s approval by email of Local Highways Initiative grant and to resolve on any actions.

2101/20            Independent transport report

To consider review proposed by Stapleford and Great Shelford Parishes and resolve on actions.

2101/21           Traffic and transport

To review traffic and transport issues affecting the Parish and resolve on any actions.

2101/22            Street Lighting

To review replacement lighting and correspondence and to resolve on actions on street lighting.

2101/23           Cambridge Great Park

To consider and resolve on any actions on proposals for a Cambridge Great Park.

2101/24           Defibrillator

To review activities and resolve on actions on to ensure correct operation of defibrillator.

2101/25           Neighbourhood Plan

Cllrs to consider report from Cllr Attwood and to resolve on any actions.

2101/26           Communications

To review proposals for improved communications with Parishioners and resolve on actions and to review proposals for Noticeboard renewal or repair.


2101/27           Receipts (as of 7 January 2021)

There were no receipts in this period.

2101/28           Payments (as of 7 January 2021)

Don Powell    Salary November                      £267.28

Don Powell    Travel November                           £8.55

Don Powell    Salary December                      £334.20

Don Powell   Costs                                       £610.03             £610.03

HMRC              Income tax, November                                         £66.80

HMRC              Income tax, December                                         £83.40

Ionos: 3 DD    Mail and web services (Inv. 3 Nov)                         £30.00

Haven: 3 DD  Electricity for lighting, all periods (Inv. 16 Nov)       £40.73

Ionos: 3 DD    Mail and web services (Inv. 3 Dec)                         £30.00

Haven: 3 DD  Electricity for lighting, all periods (Inv. 15 Dec)        £39.45

Service Charge (31 December)                                                    £18.00

Brookfield Bins, Grass, November                                               £324.00

Film for Neighbourhood Plan (Kall Kwik, Cllr Attwood)                   £22.80

Strimmer repairs (Gog Magog Mower Services, Cllr Attwood)        £36.01

Total (as of 7 January)                                                            £1,301.22

A full list of payments will be circulated and reviewed at the meeting.

2101/29                Purchases (as of 7 January 2021)

No requests had been received as of this date.

2101/30           Balances and Bank Reconciliation

Balances held at 30 November 2020

Unity Current A/C balance                    £15,847.48

Unity Savings A/C balance                    £61,242.84

                           Total                          £77,090.32

Balances held at 31 December 2020

Unity Current A/C balance                    £15,760.03

Unity Savings A/C balance                   £61,242.84

                           Total                          £77,002.87

2101/31           Unity Bank

To note Clerk report on Bank signatories.

2101/32           Bookkeeping software

To review software options and, if agreed, approve payment.

2101/33           VAT reclaim

To review and, if agreed, proposed reclaim of VAT presented by Clerk.


2101/34           Planning Applications (as of 7 January 2021)

For information: tree works in preservation area. Hornbeam – in ornamental row along path in back garden – the one nearest the house (on the right in the photo) – Fell – the tree is casting too much shade and is much bigger than the other trees in the row. Madeline House High Street Babraham
Reference: 20/2323/TTCA

Consultation (closed 29 December 2020): Listed building consent for an Acoustic fence to front of dwelling. Church Farm House Sawston Road Babraham; 20/04508/LBC,

Consultation (closed 29 December 2020): Acoustic fence to front of dwelling. Church Farm House Sawston Road Babraham; 20/04507/HFUL,

For information: application received. Submission of details required by conditions 4 (Materials Sample) and 5 (Roof Sample) of planning permission 20/01932/HFUL. Yorke House High Street Babraham: 20/01932/CONDA,

For information: application received. Two storey side extension, first floor side extension, conversion of existing attached garage to habitable use to include a single storey front extension, and erection of a single storey detached garage; Yorke House High Street Babraham; 20/01932/HFUL,

2101/35           Planning decisions (as of 7 January 2021)

For information: approved. Outline planning permission with all matters reserved for a phased mixed use development comprised of up to 150000 square metres of Gross External Area (GEA) of flexible employment uses including research and development [Extensive description removed] Wellcome Genome Campus Hinxton Saffron Walden Cambridgeshire CB10 1RQ; S/4329/18/OL,

2101/36          Planning Department performance

To note email letters from Stephen Kelly and to consider response to Greater Cambridge Planning on lack of consultation with Council and Parishioner on development in the Parish.

2101/37          Correspondence

2101/38          Items to report and inclusion in the next meeting

                       Date of next meeting: Thursday 11 February 2021 at 7:30pm

2101/39           Part II: Confidential Information

Exclusion of the Press and the Public:  To resolve that in accordance with Section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 and by reason of the confidential nature of the remainder of the business, the Press and the Public be excluded from the meeting.

Signature: [Signed by]Don Powell, 7 January 2021

Don Powell, 68 Woodland Road, Sawston, CB22 3DU

Training: Statement of Intent – Babraham Parish Council

Babraham Parish Council

Training Statement of Intent

Please note the authorised, approved version is the PDF document approved at Council.


Signed (Chair) Signed (Clerk) Minute Reference
Adopted November 2017
Review Annually      
Reviewed November 2018 Not reviewed
Review June 2020 Reviewed Reviewed 2006/11
Review November 2020 Deferred

Babraham Parish Council recognises the value of learning.

Babraham Parish Council employs one part-time staff member and has five councillors.

Councillors and staff will be supported to undertake the training and development they need to help them achieve and maintain a high standard of performance and all will be given encouragement and support to achieve their full potential.

The activities specified in this Statement will allow Councillors and staff to provide a proper level of service to the residents of Babraham.

To support development, funds are allocated to a training budget each year to enable staff and councillors to attend training and conferences relevant to their office. The budget for training and books is £800 at November 2019.

Members and staff can expect the following approved training to be sponsored:

  • The course fee
  • Examination fees
  • Associated membership fees
  • Travel costs

Staff can expect the following support:

  • Clear and measurable objectives for their performance at work
  • An annual review of their performance, role and training needs
  • A Chairman and Council who are committed to staff development
  • Paid release from work commitments in order to undertake training and study
  • Training and certification in accordance with all legal and statutory requirements according to their role.

Councillors can expect the following support:

  • New Councillors will be encouraged to undertake the three part ‘Councillor training’ provided by CAPALC
  • A new Chairman will be encouraged to undertake the three part ‘Chairman training’ provided by CAPALC
  • Specialist training according to need and role in the Council will be reviewed annually
  • If the whole Council requires training on a particular subject the Clerk will source the appropriate provision.

New councillors will be provided with an information pack containing the electronic documents set out below:

  • The Good Councillors’ Guide
  • The Good Councillors’ Guide to Finance and Transparency
  • Being a Good Employer
  • Members’ contact details
  • Training Statement of Intent
  • Meetings Timetable link to website
  • Members’ Code of Conduct
  • Standing Orders
  • Financial Regulations
  • Previous Minutes of the Parish Council.

Main Providers of training and support are:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils (CAPALC)
  • Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC)
  • National Association of Local Councils (NALC)
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC)
  • Cambridgeshire Action with Communities in Rural England (Cambridgeshire ACRE)

Keeping the Council Up-to-Date

The Council is supported by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils (CAPALC). Specific training on legislative changes is provided by South Cambridgeshire District Council. The Clerk is a member of the Society of Local Council Clerks to enable staff and councillors to take advantage of training courses and conferences.

At June 2020, the Clerk is assessing training to achieve the Certificate in Local Council Administration. The websites of the CAPALC, SLCC and NALC are used for advice and information.

Parish Council Complaints Procedure Policy

Babraham Parish Council

Complaints Procedure Policy

Please note the authorised, approved version is the PDF document approved at Council.


Signed (Chair) Signed (Clerk) Minute
Adopted July 2005
Reviewed Annually
Reviewed March 2018
Review March 2019 Not reviewed  
Review November 2019 Reviewed Reviewed 1911/14
Review September 2020 Reviewed Reviewed 2009/21

Complaints against an employee of the Council

Complaints against an employee of the council, that is, the Clerk, will be dealt with as an employment matter. The matter will be dealt with internally and appropriate action taken as required.

Complaints against a Councillor

Complaints against a councillor are subject to the jurisdiction of the Standards Board. Complainants will be advised to contact the Board directly or the Monitoring Officer for the further information.

Contact details may be given to the complainant by the Council.

Complaints against the administration of the council or its procedures

In the first instance an attempt will be made to satisfy complaints by less formal measures or explanations provided to the complainant by the Clerk or Chairman of the council.

In investigating a complaint all parties will be treated fairly and the process will reasonably, accessibly and transparent.

The Clerk may represent the position of the council. If the Clerk puts forward the justification for action or procedure complained of, he or she should not advise the council or committee

Code of Practice

Before the meeting:
  1. The complainant shall be asked to put the complaint about the council’s procedures or administration in writing to the Clerk
  2. If the complainant does not wish to put the complaint to the Clerk, they shall be advised to put it to the Chairman of the council
  3. The Clerk shall acknowledge the receipt of the complaint
  4. The complainant shall be invited to attend the relevant meeting and bring with them such representative as they wish
  5. Seven clear working days prior to the meeting, the complainant shall provide the council with copies of any documentation or other evidence that they wish to refer to at the meeting. The council shall similarly provide the complainant with copies of all documentation upon which they wish to reply at the meeting.
At the meeting:
  1. The council shall consider whether the circumstances of the meeting warrant the exclusion of the public and press. Any decision on a complaint shall be announced at the council meeting in public.
  2. Chairman to introduce everyone
  3. Chairman to explain procedure
  4. Complainant (or representative) to outline grounds for complaint
  5. Members to ask any question of the complainant
  6. If relevant, Clerk to explain the council’s position
  7. Members to ask any question of the Clerk
  8. Clerk and complainant to be offered opportunity of last word (in this order)
  9. Clerk and complainant to be asked to leave room while Members decide whether or not the grounds for the complaint have been made. (If a point of clarification is necessary, both parties to be invited back).
  10. Clerk and complainant return to hear decision, or to be advised when decision will be made.

After the meeting

  1. Decision confirmed in writing within seven working days together with details of any action to be taken
  2. If complainants are not satisfied, they should take their complaint to the Standards Board.

South Cambridgeshire District Council procedures and contact information can be found at:

Code of Conduct for Babraham Parish Council

Babraham Parish Council

Code of Conduct for Members

Please note the authorised, approved version is the PDF document approved at Council.


Signed (Chair) Signed (Clerk) Minute Ref
Adopted July 2017
Reviewed 8 August 2019 Reviewed Reviewed 1908/33
Review September 2020 Reviewed Reviewed 2009/21
Review July 2021

Babraham Parish Council: Code of Conduct

  1. Introduction

Babraham Parish Council (the Authority) has adopted this Code of Conduct pursuant to Section 27 of the Localism Act 2011 to promote and maintain high standards of behaviour by its members and co-opted members whenever they are acting in their capacity as a member of the Authority or when they claim to act or give the impression of acting as a representative of the Authority.

This Code is based on the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership (“the Nolan Principles”).

  1. Application

This Code of Conduct applies to you whenever you are acting, claim to act or give the impression you are acting in your capacity as a Member of the Authority, including:

  • at formal Meetings of the Authority;
  • when acting as a representative of the Authority;
  • when corresponding with the authority other than in a private capacity.
  1. Meeting

In this Code “Meeting” means any meeting organised by or on behalf of the Authority, including:

  • any meeting of the Council, or a Committee or Sub-Committee of Council;
  • at any site visit to do with the business of the Authority.
  1. General Conduct

You must:

  • provide leadership to the authority and the community within its area, by personal example; and
  • respect others and not bully or threaten or attempt to bully or threaten any person;
  • respect the confidentiality of information which you receive as a Member by:
    • not disclosing confidential information to third parties unless required by law to do so or where there is a clear and over-riding public interest in doing so; and
    • not obstructing third parties’ legal rights of access to information;
  • not conduct yourself in a manner which is likely to bring the Authority into disrepute;
  • use your position as a Member in the public interest and not for personal advantage;
  • comply with the Authority’s reasonable rules on the use of public resources for private and political purpose;
  • exercise your own independent judgement, taking decisions for good and substantial reasons by:
    • attaching appropriate weight to all relevant considerations including, where appropriate, public opinion and the views of political groups;
    • paying due regard to the advice of Officers;
    • stating the reasons for your decisions where those reasons are not otherwise apparent;
  • do nothing that causes the Authority to act unlawfully.
  1. Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
    • You have a disclosable pecuniary interest if it is of a description specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State (as set out in the Appendix) and either:
    • it is an interest of yours, or
    • it is an interest of:
      • your spouse or civil partner; or
      • a person with whom you are living as husband and wife; or
      • a person with whom you are living as if you were civil partners;
      • and you are aware that other person has the interest.
  • You must:
    • comply with the statutory requirements to register, disclose and withdraw from participating in respect of any matter in which you have a disclosable pecuniary interest
    • ensure that your register of interests is kept up to date and notify the Monitoring Officer in writing within 28 days of becoming aware of any change in respect of your disclosable pecuniary interests
    • make a verbal declaration of the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interest at any meeting at which you are present at which an item of business which affects or relates to the subject matter of that interest is under consideration, at or before the consideration of the item of business or as soon as the interest becomes apparent
    • Where you have a disclosable pecuniary interest, whether the interest is registered or not, you must not (unless you have obtained a dispensation from the Authority’s Monitoring Officer):
      • participate, or participate further, in any discussion of the matter at the meeting; or
      • remain in the meeting room whilst the matter is being debated or participate in any vote taken on the matter at the meeting.
  1. Other Interests
    • In addition to the requirements of Paragraph 4, if you attend a meeting at which any item of business is to be considered and you are aware that you have a “non-disclosable pecuniary interest or non-pecuniary interest” in that item, you must make verbal declaration of the existence and nature of that interest at or before the consideration of the item of business or as soon as the interest becomes apparent
    • You have a “non-disclosable pecuniary interest or non-pecuniary interest” in an item of business of your authority where:
      • a decision in relation to that business might reasonably be regarded as affecting the well-being or financial standing of you or a member of your family or a person with whom you have a close association to a greater extent than it would affect the majority of the Council Tax payers, ratepayers or inhabitants of the parish area for which you have been elected or otherwise of the authority’s administrative area, or
      • it relates to or is likely to affect any of the interests listed in the Table in the Appendix to this Code, but in respect of a member of your family (other than a “relevant person”) or a person with whom you have a close association and that interest is not a disclosable pecuniary interest.
  1. Gifts and Hospitality
    • You must, within 28 days of receipt, notify the Parish Clerk in writing of any gift, benefit or hospitality with a value in excess of £50 which you have accepted as a Member from any person or body other than the authority.
    • The Parish Clerk will place your notification on a public register of gifts and hospitality.


Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate in respect of any matter in which a member has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.

Disclosable pecuniary interests are defined in the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 as follows.

Interest Prescribed description
Employment, office, trade, profession or vacation Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.
Sponsorship Any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the relevant authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by M in carrying out duties as a member, or towards the election expenses of M.

This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992).

Contracts Any contract which is made between the relevant person (or a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest) and the relevant authority—

(a)  under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and

(b)  which has not been fully discharged.

Land Any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the relevant authority.
Licences Any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the relevant authority for a month or longer.
Corporate tenancies Any tenancy where (to M’s knowledge)—

(a)  the landlord is the relevant authority; and

(b) the tenant is a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest.

Securities Any beneficial interest in securities of a body where—

(a)  that body (to M’s knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the relevant authority; and

(b)  either—

(i)  the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

(ii)  if the share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

For this purpose:

“the Act” means the Localism Act 2011;

“body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest” means a firm in which the relevant person is a partner or a body corporate of which the relevant person is a director, or in the securities of which the relevant person has a beneficial interest;

“director” includes a member of the committee of management of an industrial and provident society;

“land” excludes an easement, servitude, interest or right in or over land which does not carry with it a right for the relevant person (alone or jointly with another) to occupy the land or to receive income;

“M” means a member of a relevant authority;

“member” includes a co-opted member;

“relevant authority” means the authority of which M is a member;

“relevant period” means the period of 12 months ending with the day on which M gives a notification for the purposes of section 30(1) or 31(7), as the case may be, of the Act;

“relevant person” means M or any other person referred to in section 30(3)(b) of the Act;

“securities” means shares, debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, units of a collective investment scheme within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and other securities of any description, other than money deposited with a building society.

Have your say: Combined Authority Draft Budget 2020/21

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s Draft Budget for 2021/22  was approved for consultation at the Combined Authority Board meeting on 25th November 2020.

The opinions of local people, businesses and organisations are vital to how we conduct our business, and we’re keen to know what you think. Your feedback plays a key part in the budget-setting process so please do get in touch with your comments.

Do you have any comments to make on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority draft budget for 2021/22?

You can read the draft budget and see more information about the consultation process here.

The consultation will close on 31st December 2020 and the Combined Authority Board will be provided with the results of the feedback at their meeting on 27th January 2021. 

Please send your comments before 31st December 2020 to:

Parish Council Minutes: 12 November 2020

Minutes of the Babraham Parish Counci Meeting held 12 November 2020

For approval 14 January 2021

PDF version of Minutes (to be signed if approved)

Topic: Babraham Parish Council Meeting 12 November 2020

Meeting ID: 870 2580 1125

The meeting started at 19:30.

Present remotely

Chair: Stuart Laurie

Councillors: Robert Attwood, Jane Goody, Charlotte Rogers, Gareth Walker

Cllr Peter McDonald (left at 20:34), Mr Chris Chapman

One member of the public.

                           Part I: Non-confidential information

2011/01         To receive and approve apologies for absence

No apologies were received.

2011/02         To receive members’ declaration of interest for items on this agenda

None was made.

2011/03         To sign and approve minutes of meeting dated 8 October 2020

The Minutes of 8 October 2020 were reviewed by Cllrs and approved unanimously.

2011/04         Exclusion of the public

None was required.

2011/05         Public participation time: 15 minutes are allocated

Cllr Laurie proposed deferring for discussion under 2011/11; Cllrs agreed unanimously.

2011/06           Report from South Cambridgeshire District Councillor P McDonald

Cllr McDonald had sent his report. He noted that pre-application Planning charges could be a cost-effective choice. He also noted purchase of the first electric bin lorry. He encouraged all to apply for small COVID grants and for the Council to share the information. Business grants of up to £3000 are available. He noted a second fund in development for business as well as the Self-employed Support Scheme with funding of 80% of trading profits.

He highlighted the Call for Sites evidence to be published on which decisions will be based.

2011/07           Report from Cambridgeshire County Councillor K Cuffley and R Hickford

Cllr Cuffley had sent a written report.

2011/08           Report from Babraham Research Campus (BRC) representative

Mr Chapman commented on the Local Plan and plans for the Campus (available on SCDC interactive map). Campus ambitions include development of R&D and associated activities and, especially, housing and infrastructure. Campus uses its own facilities management and so need to increase, for example, energy and waste provision. Mr Chapman clarified an error by SCDC in classifying all development as residential. Campus is committed to biodiversity and carbon sequestration on lands SW of the river.

In answer to Cllr Laurie, Mr Chapman the Campus has the ambition to develop additional R and D space on campus within the site (replacement of aging buildings) and to the north of the most recent two buildings at the north of the developed area. Mr Chapman, in response to a question from Cllr Laurie, said Campus has in previous development planted trees to limit visual impact including  infill in existing tree bands and extending hedgerows.

Cllr Laurie asked when works might begin: Mr Chapman said the plans were on the same timescale as all the Local Plan proposals.

Cllr Laurie asked if the Campus developments would affect The Close: Mr Chapman explained The Close was Institute (not Campus) property. There is ambition to improve the Close and include supporting amenities, but it is essential to get stakeholders together.

Cllr Attwood asked if the development might include a shop, but Mr Chapman said the discussions were too early. Cllr Attwood said a significant development and retail would fit well with the NP.

Cllr Laurie mentioned the member of the public leading work on zero-carbon application: Mr Chapman said the Campus supported the efforst in the area from the village to the Church.

Mr Chapman said the Campus aimed to offset as much carbon as possible through new woodland and seeks to use the land south of the river to increase the woodland planting across that area.

Mr Chapman updated Council on the new public art: trees were planted in February and March. Fabricated units of the artwork were stored on Campus; lockdown had compounded plans to install and workarounds had to be found because the artist could not oversee all works. Bowie Construction led the foundation work and the artist, Tania Kovats, was able to oversee the installation. In the past weeks, wild flowers, bulbs and shrubs were planted and the orchard extended. Mr Chapman will produce a report in the coming weeks. The formal opening will be after the planting is established, next year. Cllr Rogers on the Steering Group will be involved. will be part of the Steering GP info.

Cllr Laurie asked if the plants grown would obscure the artwork: Mr Chapman said it would, explaining that the intention is that the artwork is insinuated in the landscape and belongs in its environment, sympathetic to its setting.

Mr Chapman expanded on plans for planting and biodiversity, explaining that he was not aware of consultation with the Campus led by Cambridge Great Park members. The Park encapsulates all 180 Ha of the Campus and Mr Chapman was disappointed that one of their early actions had not been to engage. He has tried to contact, but received no response. Mr Chapman said the Campus has a need to redevelop but alongside that is working towards the goal of creating a green zone for people to enjoy.

2011/09           Clerk’s report

Comments from the Clerk are covered in Agenda items.

2011/10           Coronavirus

Cllr Laurie noted that completion of self-isolation by the first person in the village to report infection with coronavirus. He reminded Council that he asks those infected with coronavirus to inform the Chair, who acts for South Cambridgeshire District Council. Cllr Laurie continues to liaise with SCDC and reiterated that the Council coordinates a group of volunteers willing to help.

2011/11           Zero Carbon opportunities

Cllr Laurie asked the member of the public for an update on the application for funding for the Forest Garden. No response has yet been received. All applicants should be informed by the end of November and the member of the public will explore other sources, as previously reported.

2011/12                Cambridge Great Park

Cllr Laurie noted that Council must explore the proposal and its objectives and consequences for the Parish: this will be considered at the January meeting.

2011/13           Local Plan and local developments

Cllr Laurie reported that Cheveley Park Farm had offered the entire farm estate for development. Planners and developers had outlined two sites; one east of the A1307 near Chalk Pit and one north of Sawston Road, Babraham contiguous with H/1:b.

Cllr Attwood asked if compulsory purchase could be used to obtain farm property.

Cllr McDonald reiterated that evidence will be published for Council members in the next week and for the public in the next few weeks. This will give an impression of how many sites will be required.

Cllr Laurie had received communication from SCDC Development Officer Louise Lord on the day of the meeting about the boundary review between Sawston and Babraham and consideration by SCDC Civic Affairs Committee. Cllr Laurie noted the Memorandum of Understanding, which reinforced the distribution of S.106 contributions deriving from H/1:b presented by the S.106 officer and sets in place arrangements for S.106 distribution from H/1:c or equivalent development.

Cllr Laurie proposed that he reply to Ms Lord stating the MoU is in place and Babraham Parish Council has agreed the boundary change: Cllr Laurie proposed, Cllr Rogers seconded; carried unanimously.

2011/14                Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP): A1307

Cllrs noted that some cars would make a right turn (southbound) at the A1307-High Street junction, despite kerbing to prevent: suggested Clerk write to GCP to ask if the central island can be extended about 1.5 m northward to inhibit this dangerous manoeuvre.

Cllr Rogers reported dangerous flooding on the southbound A1307 at the dip between the High Street junction and Fourwentways roundabout. Cllr Rogers said it was particularly bad in the car lane and caused drivers to slow dramatically or to use the bus lane. Drainage is inadequate: Clerk to contact GCP.

Cllr Rogers noted the dual carriageway signs had not been removed and the bin-liner coverings were no longer hiding the sign: Clerk to contact GCP.

2011/15           Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP): Transport and Parking Proposals

Cllr Attwood attended the recent consultation: it is essential that the Parish and Cllrs make comment. Would hope the route would follow or lie alongside the former railway route. Noted that the new, unapproved route passes over a water meadow, which forms part of the Neighbourhood Plan (NP). This will affect the route of the busway.

Cllr Laurie met with a Cheveley Park Farms representative who explained that the Farm has never favoured the new, unapproved route over the approved brown route. Without a strong view, the Farm favoured the green route.

Cllr McDonald asked about the water meadow: Cllr Attwood explained that, historically, it extended to Abington and was thought to extend on both sides of the river. Cllr Attwood asked a member of the public to comment: the member reported it appears to be one of the earliest water meadows, but the Parish simply doesn’t know enough about this most likely valuable environment.

It is not known if it might be internationally important (Ramsar site, Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation) of national importance (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) or valued locally for its landscape, history, geology or ecology (Local Site).

The member of the public working on the NP reported a lot of confusion among parishioners and asked if there were a forum for this to be discussed and where that might be. The member also asked if there is a need for a working group.

Cllrs discussed routing to limit damage to environment. Cllr Attwood argued the need for expert analysis of the environment and heritage; from local experience, this might cost around £3000.

Cllrs discussed this action. Cllr Rogers mentioned efforts by Shelford and Stapleford to raise money: perhaps Babraham might join this effort. Cllr Attwood had contacted Stapleford, who favour the old railway line route.

Cllrs discussed obtaining an environmental report on the water meadow. A Parishioner is exploring commissioning a heritage and environment report on the impact on the houses at the west of the village area and the tree avenue west of Babraham Hall. Cllr Attwood suggested an expert assessment of the village environment would be extremely valuable for the NP.

Cllr Attwood suggested Council should examine costs for an ecological survey of the meadows near Mill Hole and the associated areas, with a cost of up to £3000. After discussion, Cllr Laurie proposed Council approves the expenditure, Cllr Rogers seconded; carried unanimously.

Cllrs noted that the deadline for consultation is 8 December and that Council should advertise through the website and other communication channels.

2011/16                Traffic calming

Council had received no information on the Local Highways Initiative application.

2011/17                Independent transport report

Cllr Attwood reported on recent action by Shelford and Stapleford, where the impetus is for a light rail solution. Cllrs Laurie and Attwood will meet with Abington, Shelford and Stapleford Parish Council representatives to explore coordinated work.

2011/18           Traffic and transport

No other communication had been received.

2011/19           Street Lighting

Cllr Laurie will speak to a Parishioner about clearing Parish Street lights.

2011/20           Budget

Clerk reported that an updated draft budget would be circulated before the January meeting: as under item 2011/21, the assessment of Band D equivalent dwellings had changed on 6 November 2020. precept o review draft 2020-21 Budget and, if agreed, resolve to adopt.

2011/21           Precept

Cllrs noted the communication from SCDC informing Council that the tax base of the number of Band D equivalent dwellings had increased to 167.3 from a calculated (November 2019) tax base of 126 and actual base (September 2020) of 135.3. Cllrs noted the current Band D Council tax of £96.50 (yield £12,255.00) and noted that rate would yield £16,144.45 at increased tax base. Cllrs agreed to review at January meeting.

2011/22           Policies

Clerk requested deferral to January meeting; approved.

2011/23           Defibrillator

Cllrs noted Cllr rogers to meet Parishioner to discuss records and to contact Sawston PC.

2011/24           Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

Cllrs Attwood noted strong progress on the NP and the additional measures and discussions from the current meeting.

2011/25           Communications

Cllrs noted the need to improve communications and asked for a note from the Clerk on options to discuss at the January meeting.


2011/26           Receipts

No receipts were received in the period.

2011/27           Payments

Don Powell    Salary Sept, incl. backpay                                   £267.28

Don Powell    Western Digital 1TB backup drive, Amazon         £49.99

Don Powell    Remembrance wreath, British Legion                   £21.98

Don Powell    2 x 500 sht paper, Sainsbury’s                               £7.00

Don Powell    Travel October                                                       £7.47

Don Powell   Costs                                                               £353.72        £353.72

HMRC              Tax                                                                                         £66.80

Information Commissioner’s Office, GDPR registration (DD)                          £35.00

Poppies for street display               British Legion                                           £50.00

Bin emptying                                       Brookfield                                           £135.00

Ionos: 3 DD (3 Sep)                            Mail and web services                           £30.00

Haven Power: 3 DD (15 Sep)         All periods                                                  £40.73

Total                                                                                                               £711.25

Payments were considered and approved.

2011/28                Purchases

None was requested.

2011/29           Balances and Bank Reconciliation at 30 October 22020

Balances held

Unity Current A/C balance                    £ 16530.73

Unity Savings A/C balance                    £ 61242.84

                           Total                          £ 77773.57

2011/30           Unity Bank

There was no progress on Bank signatories.

2011/31           Bookkeeping software

Clerk had obtained quotes for bookkeeping software: Clerk to work with Chair to explore discounts and to prepare report for review by Cllrs.

2011/32           VAT reclaim

Clerk noted preparation of VAT return limited to 20 items pcm using paper Form 126.


2011/33           Planning Applications

Cllrs noted:

For information only, no action required: soft landscaping and boundary works conditions on H/1:b. S/3729/18/COND4, S/3729/18/COND7.

For information only, consultation closed: seeking approval of reserved matters for site adjacent to 6 Blacksmiths Close. 20/01475/REM.

Cllrs noted Applications going to planning committee on 11/11/2020 listed in email from Greater Cambridge Planning, 02 November 2020 09:57.

2011/34           Planning decisions

20/01932/HFUL: Yorke House High Street Babraham CB22 3AG; Two storey side extension and other works; Nick Silk. Approved.

Application withdrawn; erection of fence, Church Farm House Sawston Road. 20/03423/HFUL.

2011/35                Planning Department performance

Cllrs to consider in January.

2011/36           Correspondence

Cllrs noted:

  • Correspondence from Mr Chapman (BRC: email, 20 October)
  • Chief Constable briefing (email, 21 October)
  • COVID updates from Cllr Cuffley (emails)
  • Rough sleeping survey 2020 (email, 4 November)

2011/38           [Note misnumbering of Agenda] Items to report and inclusion in the next meeting

                        Date of next meeting: Thursday 14 January 2021 at 7:30pm

2011/39           Part II: Confidential Information

Exclusion of the Press and the Public:  To resolve that in accordance with Section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 and by reason of the confidential nature of the remainder of the business, the Press and the Public be excluded from the meeting.

Signature: Don Powell 1 December 2020

Don Powell, 68 Woodland Road, Sawston, CB22 3DU

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor


V A C A N C Y   F O R   A


  1. There is a vacancy on the above Council caused by the resignation of Councillor Gareth Walker.
  2. A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days (computed in accordance with the Regulations) from the date below ten electors for the parish give notice in writing requesting that an election be held.
  3. Such notice must be delivered to the Returning Officer at: South Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA
  4. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Dated:      19 November 2020      Signed:[SIGNED BY DON POWELL]


Address:    68 Woodland Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3DU

The official, signed version of the Vacancy Notice is here as a PDF document