Fiona Bruce speaks out

Local MP expresses frustration about Cheshire East Local Plan progress and SHLAA position.

Fiona Bruce spoke at a Planning and Housing Supply debate in Westminster Hall this week,

“Our local authority has been working for three years on a local plan.  What has gone wrong?  Why does the draft plan that was prepared last year, which was the subject of a six-week public consultation, now have to be radically altered and be the subject of a further public consultation, while all the time, developers rub their hands with glee and take advantage of that void?  Will the Minister provide whatever assistance is required for Cheshire East council from a senior planning adviser to ensure that there are no further delays or confusion regarding what is required to get our local plan through? My constituents have had enough.

I also ask the Minister to ensure that we have clarity on our five-year housing supply numbers, and that a clear message is sent to the people of my constituency, as I have sought to provide for three years, giving them every and any necessary and available means of help to resolve those issues.  My constituents simply cannot understand the situation.  They feel angry, in despair, ignored, impotent as regards the plans for development of their own communities, and without any democratic recourse, as one has said to me, except the ballot box.”

read the whole piece here.

Draft Core Strategy

Before the public consultation on the next stage in the production of a Core Strategy starts, Cllr David Brown – the Cabinet Member for Strategic Communities – is to consider the Pre-Submission Core Strategy at a meeting on Friday, 1st November .

The provisional strategic sites for potential inclusion in the emerging Local Plan Core Strategy, with the plan’s evidence base and proposed new infrastructure, have been incorporated into this document which will now be subject to public consultation between 5th November and 16th December 2013.

read more…Draft Core Strategy set to be approved for consultation

Cheshire needs your help


Cheshire East have stated they have demonstrated a ‘five year housing’ supply which defends the countryside against unwanted development, but a number of developers have been challenging this in planning appeals around the county saying Cheshire East have used the wrong methodology.

Basically stating any shortfall in housing has to be provided within the first 5 years of the Local Plan rather than the method Cheshire East have used to allow any shortfall to be spread over the full period of the Local Plan.

Unfortunately Eric Pickles has ruled in favour of the developers. 

So now Cheshire East are deemed not to be able to demonstrate a ‘five year housing’ supply, which could open the door for developers to build anywhere in Cheshire East that can be shown to be a ‘sustainable development’.   This is also not helped by the fact that the Local Plan is not yet in place.

Whilst Goostrey does not meet all the accepted requirement for  ‘sustainable development’, it might encourage more speculative planning applications.

We are not opposed to development of the village, the quoted 30-50 houses in the next 18 years would seem sensible.  However to protect Goostrey (and other villages) around Cheshire East from further unwanted development then we need to give Councillor Michael Jones at Cheshire East our support.

Read the Crewe Chronicle article , and listen to him on Radio Stoke.

What you can do:-

Please write/email Fiona Bruce MP and ask for her support for Councillor Michael Jones’s argument, that in fact Cheshire East does have a valid ‘five year housing supply’ in accordance with the ‘Liverpool’ methodology which is a valid defence under the new planning guidelines against unwanted development.
An example email………… [to ] …….
Dear Fiona,
Following the recent article in the Crewe Chronicle dated 19th October,  I am writing to ask for your support for Councillor Michael Jones’s argument that the ‘Livepool’ methodology for calculation of a ‘five year housing supply’ is valid and in accordance with new planning regulations and therefore provides protection of Cheshire East from unwanted development.
I want an increase in housing in accordance with a Local Plan which puts development on brownfield land ahead of building on open countryside and green belt land wherever possible.  I don’t want an increase in housing led only by developers profits.
Yours sincerely,

No winter garden waste collection

Cheshire East say there will be no garden waste collections between 18th November 2013 and 14 March 2013.

“We are constantly looking to be more cost effective and provide a value for money service. Previous years have shown that the garden waste service is used much less in the cooler winter months, with only a small percentage of garden waste collected.”

Check here on their website for additional information [e.g. what to do with your Christmas tree] but basically if you can’t compost something take it to ‘the tip’.


New application next to Sandyacre

The new planning application for the construction of 3 new houses adjacent to Sandyacre is on Cheshire East planning pages:

link to ref 13/4266C  (re-submission of 12/4318C)

The last date for comments to Cheshire East Council is 7th Nov 2013. [Approved 11th Dec 2013]

[click ‘comment’ below to read thoughts received by LoveGoostrey]

Local Plan Delayed Again

Lack of local plan opens door to developers

‘The first consultation in the Local Plan process was held in spring 2012 and the final plan was due to be completed at the end of 2013. Sadly due to an ‘additional sites’ consultation and serious flaws in the emerging core strategy unveiled last month, the presentation of the Local Plan to a full council meeting has been delayed and a new 6 week consultation will now take place starting on 5th November and finishing on the 16th  December 2013.’    Congleton Labour Party  read more

Cheshire East Council listens to Members and residents

October 8 2013

Last month the Council unveiled provisional strategic sites for potential inclusion in the emerging Local Plan Core Strategy. These have now been incorporated into a single document of proposed sites which will now be subject to public consultation between 5th November and 16 December 2013.  read more  from Cheshire East