The next stage of the Local Plan is currently open for Consultation with comments required by the 16th December 2013.
Read the details here.
As in the previous consultation earlier this year, we will be posting a guide to the plan with suggested comments for you to consider.
Unfortunately, despite an overwhelming 500+ objections to Goostrey being classed as a Local Service Centre alongside our small towns such as Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge, the new consultation has not changed our classification. Instead, to counter our request to be classed as a ‘Sustainable village’, they have removed the ‘Sustainable village’ classification altogether from the plan.
Cheshire East are still including Twemlow, Swettenham, and Cranage as part of Goostrey to justify us being a Local Service Centre and continue not to appreciate how these villages function. We consider that Goostrey and these surrounding villages regard Holmes Chapel as our Local Service Centre.
This once again exposes Goostrey to a potential level of development not seen for a generation. We are not opposed to development of the village, indeed the assurance given by Michael Jones at the last AGM that we would be treated as a ‘Sustainable village’ and would receive between 30-50 houses over the next 18 years sounded sensible and reasonable. However, it now looks like he may have gone back on that promise.
However, there are other positive aspects of the plan, such as the main development focussed on our main towns with a ‘jobs led’ recovery and increased protection for the Jodrell Bank Observatory. We will also highlight these benefits in our proposed response for your consideration to support.
We will work closely with the Parish Council and publicise the main issues for the village as a whole to consider and would encourage you to tell your friends and neighbours about the new consultation and encourage them to take part.
This is our last chance. We won’t have another opportunity for 20 years to influence how Goostrey and Cheshire East as a whole will be developed.