Goostrey residents clean up station

Goostrey railway station facelift

A GROUP of village enthusiasts is working hard to improve the look of Goostrey Railway Station by sweeping platforms, clearing weeds and tending tubs of plants and, in doing so, have uncovered a unique piece of history.

Friends of Goostrey station, known as FOGS, has found a large piece of sandstone, which was originally the keystone of the road bridge over the track.

It was removed so the bridge could be raised to allow electric trains to pass underneath.

If you would like to help with a weeding rota ring Cyril Caulkin on 01477 533492.

read the whole Knutsford Guardian article.

MP Edward Timpson hopes to save Local Plan

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is to meet with the Planning Minister to ask for advice on how councillors can get Cheshire East’s Local Plan signed off as soon as possible.  Although his interest is clearly around Crewe and Nantwich it would be useful if he can help speed up the process so that Cheshire East can counter opportunistic developers.

Edward Timpson MP article

live from Jodrell Bank

Did you know that they hold an allocation of tickets for local residents at a discounted price?  If you wish to purchase the discounted tickets please log onto the residents area of the website:

Sigur Ros 30th Aug £30 + £3.00 booking fee

Halle Orchestra 31st Aug £20 + £2.40 booking fee  [n.b. mind your animals – fireworks from 9.30pm]

 

 

 

Council confident in housing land supply

Cheshire East Council seem to be at odds with developers over how much housing land supply there is, saying that there is over 7 years supply shown in the SHLAA rather than about 3 years put forward by one developer.

Deputy Leader David Brown says “It is very disappointing that some developers are continuing to challenge our demonstrable supply of deliverable housing land in order to line their own pockets by driving through inappropriate development – which is clearly not wanted by the people of Cheshire East.”                   Crewe Chronicle

read more here

New Consultation on Local Plan ahead

Will Goostrey still be incorrectly categorised as a Local Service Centre?

Cheshire East’s Strategic Planning Board are due to review a revised draft of the Local Plan on Sept 26th.  This will then be followed by a six week public consultation.  It must be then signed off by the government’s Planning Inspectorate before the final Local Plan can be adopted – setting out where developments can take place over the next 20 years.

As Goostrey was initially classified as the same as Holmes Chapel (a Local Service Centre) let’s hope the new draft has been amended.

“Campaigners are demanding that the council publishes an independent report which has identified flaws in its controversial draft housing strategy. The report was commissioned by Cheshire East Council into its Local Plan.

Council bosses are refusing, saying it is private.  But a summary of the report has been released and it identifies ‘gaps’ in the Local Plan and several ways in which it must improve.

The summary, which was provided by Adrian Fisher, Cheshire East Council’s planning chief, in a letter to parish councillors, states: “The plan is underpinned by extensive evidence – but this needs to be completed and while much is underway, there remain gaps to be filled.” It concluded that more work was required to ensure the Local Plan was sound.

read more..Call to release report on council’s draft housing strategy

Sainsbury’s application in Holmes Chapel

Holmes Chapel shopping

The planning application for a Sainsbury’s in Holmes Chapel has now been submitted to Cheshire East Council ~ for a 25,000 sq ft foodstore on the site of the former Fisons Building on London Road.  It will include a petrol station and recycling.  Hopefully it will mean that people stay and do their weekly shop locally, supporting smaller shops in HC at the same time, rather than heading for the supermarkets in Northwich/Knutsford/Congleton etc.

Read further details of the proposal.