CPRE charter fights to save countryside

Call to arms as CPRE unveil charter to stop destruction of the English countryside

Bullying tactics by developers – Too often at present, controversy over local planning is typified by large, powerful developers railroading unpopular proposals through the planning process. This can often involve using the threat of their right of appeal against refusal of planning permission to wear down local opposition. Undeveloped land can always be subject to a planning application for development, and applicants can keep on submitting variants of the same proposal at intervals indefinitely. As soon as any one application succeeds, there is no provision for development to be stopped provided it complies with relevant conditions. In other words, developers can keep on playing the system, and only have to get lucky once to achieve their goal. In stark contrast, local communities and other ‘third parties’ to planning applications have no right of appeal against planning approval, even if a development would go against a locally-agreed plan.

‘Precisely at the moment when we should be defending the countryside, and making it more accessible because it gives us all what we need more freely than anything else under the sun – we are at grave risk of losing it.’ CPRE President Sir Andrew Motion

As the evidence mounts that Government planning reforms are not working the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today (Monday) launches a three point charter to save our countryside. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was intended to simplify planning and get houses built. The reforms have not delivered the housing people need and are instead causing harm to communities and landscapes.

CPRE’s charter demands are:

Don’t sacrifice our countryside [1]

Our open spaces are being destroyed unnecessarily. Previously developed brownfield land should be re-used first to protect the beauty and tranquillity of our countryside and breathe new life into our towns and cities.

A fair say for local communities [2]

Local people are increasingly unable to stop the destruction of their towns and countryside. The cards are stacked in favour of powerful developers. We want a democratic planning system that gives communities a much stronger say in the future of their area.

More housing –in the right places [3]

The country urgently needs more affordable homes for our rising population, including in villages and market towns. But they must be sensitively located; with excellent environmental standards and high quality design that enhances local character.

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Pickles decision could help developers

Pickles approves 270 Cheshire homes

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has granted permission for 270 homes on 10 hectares of agricultural land in Cheshire, finding that the local council’s housing land supply policies are out-of-date.

In a decision letter issued today, the communities secretary granted permission for developer Gladman Developments’ proposed scheme to build up to 270 homes and a convenience store/team room at Nantwich, Cheshire.
The developer had lodged an appeal against Cheshire East Council’s non-determination of the outline application in November 2012.
Following a public local inquiry held in March 2013, inspector Jennifer Vyse recommended that the appeal be allowed and permission granted.
In today’s decision letter, Pickles agreed with his inspector’s conclusions and granted permission for the development.
The secretary of state found that, despite the publication of a strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) this year, “it cannot be demonstrated that there is a five year supply of deliverable housing land”.
The letter said: “In these circumstances the council’s housing land supply policies are out of date, and paragraph 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework is therefore engaged.”
The decision letter said that the council had made a short oral submission to the inquiry on housing land supply in which it confirmed that, in the circumstances of this appeal, “it cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing land; that it was not seeking to change its case in the light of the 2013 SHLAA published shortly before the inquiry; that it offered no challenge to the evidence of the appellant on this matter”.
Since the appeal was lodged, Cheshire East Council gave the go-ahead to a separate outline application from Gladman Developments, for a development of up to 240 dwellings on the same site.
Pickles concluded that the quantum of development proposed in the appeal scheme “would have no greater impact than that already approved for this site” and that the 30 additional dwellings “would not materially impact on highway capacity and safety”.

Jamie Carpenter 19 July 2013 Planning Resource.

Former chicken farm homes proposed

Homes proposed in Goostrey 13/2631C

Following Goostrey Parish Council’s extraordinary meeting today Goostrey PC  voted to object to the proposed Bloor homes development on New Platt lane on the site of the former Chicken farm.

As the proposed access is within Cheshire East’s boundary, Cheshire East Council are also considering the Bloor Homes application. The reference no. is: 13/2631C and the closing date is 1st August. Cheshire West have promised to e-mail all the comments from residents to Cheshire East, but if you want to make sure your comments are heard, or have not been able to submit comments yet then these can be left using the following link:-


Goostrey PC extraordinary meeting Monday 22 July

Re: Bloor Homes Application 2.30 Monday 22 July

There will be an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 22nd July at 2.30pm in the Village Hall Lounge.

Members of the public and the press are welcome to attend.


1.  Apologies for absence

2.  Declarations of Interest

3.  Bloor Homes Planning Application

4.  Payment of staff salaries in August.

5.  Closure of Meeting

Public Forum.

Cheshire housing inquiry opens

Can Cheshire East prove a 5 year housing supply??

A planning inquiry started today in Crewe into Cheshire East Council’s refusal to grant permission for the construction of 160 homes on a greenfield site in Sandbach.

Outlining the scope of the appeal, the inspector said the main issues under consideration were the availability of a five-year housing land supply and associated policies; impact on the character and appearance and loss of countryside; issues relating to traffic and congestion; and issues relating to the loss of agricultural land.

The appellants in the inquiry are Taylor Wimpey and Seddon Homes. Held at the Municipal Buildings in Crewe, the inquiry is being heard by Planning Inspector Philip Major and is scheduled to last for eight days.

Controversial homes bonus plan criticised

Ministers and senior civil servants have been fielding questions about the government’s surprise decision to hand about a third of New Homes Bonus to local enterprise partnerships.

Leaders and treasurers have expressed serious concern about the controversial plan to include £400m a year of New Homes Bonus payments in the single funding pot for growth to be accessed by LEPs from 2015-16.

The Department for Communities & Local Government has been inundated with requests from treasurers for further details – and told many to wait for a forthcoming consultation.       Continue reading