Resident’s demands

Found on BBCRadioStoke’s twitter page: “Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan must take into account the demands of it’s residents, according to the Gov’t Minister for housing.”

Goostrey residents should demand to be heard and send the council your comments – try LoveGoostrey’s guide to comments on our website – surely Cheshire East shouldn’t continue to call Goostrey a Local Service Centre like Holmes Chapel……with the same level of development?

Bogbean Lights & Carols 1st Dec

‘Carols & Lights’

Sunday 1st Dec 2013 6pm on the Bogbean

Join Goostrey Scouts for the annual celebration of the lighting up of the village Christmas tree including a visit from Father Christmas and his sleigh.

Sing along with a brass band to Christmas Carols.

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, chestnuts, hot dogs, burgers and home-made cakes.

Open Day 23rd Nov for Twemlow new homes

Saturday 23rd Nov 10.00 – 2.00

No appointments are necessary for Saturday’s Open Day to view the new homes at Twemlow Manor Fields [as named by Twemlow PC although the sellers have strangely referred to the development as Marshall Fields].

Five properties are currently for sale through shared ownership for first time buyers [details on Rightmove.com ] and a shared ownership mortgage specialist will be at the Open Day to answer any questions.

more information at HomesHub

Use black bin for Green Waste, 2 weeks

Households will have another two weeks to get rid of their green waste, Cheshire East Council has confirmed.

Collection of green waste bins has now ceased until the spring, but the warmer than expected weather in November means that people can now deposit any additional  green waste in their main black bins for the next two collections beginning at 7.00am Monday November 25, 2013.

CEC press release 19th Nov

SPB vote to oppose development

November 19, 2013 CEC Press Release

Cheshire East Fights to Protect Countryside

Cheshire East Council has vowed to fight two key planning applications in Congleton in order to protect the character of the Cheshire countryside

The decision was made following Friday’s strategic planning board meeting in which members voted in favour of opposing development on grounds that it would affect an important area of countryside south of Congleton town centre.

The appeals are the Moorings in Congleton; Kestral Drive and Goldfinch Drive in Congleton.

Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said: “We are determined to do what is right for the people of Cheshire East and we believe that there are sound planning grounds for fighting these appeals.

“We are not the only local authority in this position and indeed many of the Shire counties, like us, have raised concerns with the Government that the goalposts have been moved in terms of housing numbers, placing more pressure to build on the countryside.

“At the time the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) was prepared our housing calculations were in line with national guidance and we feel we have simply fallen foul of recent policy changes in the midst of shifting sands during a difficult economic period.

“This does not mean that we will be fighting each and every appeal but we will be doing all we can to state our case on these two appeals.”

Updated position on the SHLAA:

The SHLAA is an annual document pin-pointing allocated housing sites across the Borough and has recently failed to meet the Planning Inspectorate’s robustness test in two recent appeal decisions. This was in relation to plans for housing along Congleton Road and Abbey Road in Sandbach.

There are two methods of accounting for the shortfall in housing numbers due to the recession: The Liverpool Method and the Sedgefield Method.  At the time the SHLAA was prepared, the Liverpool Method was endorsed by both the coalition Government and the House Builders Federation.

Liverpool Method: Cheshire East Council has used the long-established Liverpool Method. This spreads the shortfall over the number of years remaining in the development plan period – in the case of these appeals that was nine years.

Sedgefield Method: The Sedgefield Method mops up any shortfall in house-building over a five-year period. The Government appears to be suggesting that Cheshire East Council should have used this method.

The Council’s five-year supply using the Liverpool Method means that a basic 5,750 homes should be built in five years, with a five per cent buffer and backlog, totalling 6,777.

But the Inspectorate is now stating that land for a massive 3,250 extra houses should be  identified on top of the basic requirement of 5,750 homes should be built, totalling 9,000 homes. This is expands the target to almost an eight-year supply of land

The Council is now seeking clarification from Planning Minister Nick Boles about how the authority can move forward and adhere to current guidance, which appears to have changed since August this year.

 

New Consultation on Core Strategy

New consultation on Core Strategy for Local Plan

Cheshire East are re-consulting on a new draft Core Strategy and responses have to be submitted by 16th December 2013.  We have once again produced a guide to assist you.

Despite nearly 600 objections from Goostrey and despite the clear reasoned argument that Goostrey was incorrectly and unfairly assessed as a Local Service Centre, Goostrey is still identified as a Local Service Centre in the current Core Strategy.  Neither ourselves or Goostrey Parish Council have had any explanation from Cheshire East to explain why Cheshire East don’t agree with our comments and why they are ignoring Goostrey residents concerns.  This is clearly not in the spirit of the consultation or ‘localism’.

The current draft Core Strategy  has been substantially re-written following the previous consultation process early this year and has many good and improved points within it which should be commended.  It is important that we have a Local Plan in place that is defensible to restrict unwanted and unsustainable development within Cheshire East.
We have produced a guide to the consultation to assist you with your response, please see the ‘2nd Consultation’ page and ‘Suggested Responses Guide’ page.

Typhoon disaster donations

You can make a secure donation to the Typhoon Haiyan’s Disasters Emergency Committee appeal through this link:

[DEC.org.uk] Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

– £12.50 would provide a month’s worth of water purification tablets for five affected families
– £25 would provide a hungry family with a week’s worth of food
– £100 would provide a family with an emergency shelter and bedding