Bidwells’ Urban Design Studio carried out a Townscape Assessment and GLVIA3 compliant Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for a proposed residential development of 29 new homes in the village of Gamlingay in South Cambridgeshire. UDS also developed the master plan, undertook LPA, stakeholder and public consultation, and produced a Design and Access Statement for the planning application.

The site layout draws inspiration from the configuration of the adjacent Conservation Area built form through the creation of a series of narrow streets and courtyards. We have undertaken extensive LPA, stakeholder and public consultation over an 18-month period and an outline planning application was submitted in May 2015.


What we did

  • Submission of an outline planning application for residential development in July 2016.
  • Master Planning and LVIA services provided, including Expert Witness services at Planning Inquiry in April 2017.
  • We developed master plan proposals for the site, including a scheme for 127 residential dwellings and major public realm works to the Listed Maltings building.




  • The assessments were carried out as an iterative process alongside design development, driving a design that responds to the historic character of the village and particular landscape and visual sensitivities of the site, creating an attractive new edge to the village.
  • This was key to the approval of the scheme by the Planning Inspector, received in May 2017



1.4 hectares

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