Hermitage Lane resubmitted

Plans for 26 houses on the land to the east of Hermitage Lane, accessed from Netherlea, have been re-submitted to CEC.

Comments may be submitted up to Thursday 5th June with a committee date scheduled for 2nd July 2014.

14/1964C  link to planning page.

Residents’ Opposition flyer 20140506

Knutsford Guardian article.


Prof Garrington poses question at Goostrey AGM

Jodrell Bank’s Director Professor Simon Garrington posed a question to Goostrey residents last night.  During a fascinating insight into the world class research at the Jodrell Bank Observatory Professor Garrington asked residents if anyone remembered the whereabouts of a mobile telescope that had been sited on New Platt Lane in around 1958 and the early sixties.

This was part of an early experiment radio-linked to the Lovell Telescope giving a larger receiving area of 4km, followed by one in Holywell and Helmswell which has since developed into the 200km MERLIN array of 7 linked telescopes throughout England – changing their view of what the sky looked like – looking at quasars and black holes.  The Lovell Telescope still plays a major role as part of the e-MERLIN network, which in radio astronomy terms is as powerful as the well known Hubble telescope.

Nowadays, Professor Garrington explained, the Jodrell Bank Observatory is also involved in key experiments, for instance researching how gas and dust coagulate into pebbles and eventually form planets.  JBO plays a leading role in world class science, hosts the SKA headquarters and the Discovery Centre connecting with and inspiring scientists of the future.

An early mobile telescope; merlin.ac.uk

An early mobile telescope; merlin.ac.uk

AGM: no housing needed

Cheshire East Cllr  Les Gilbert confirmed at last night’s Goostrey Annual Parish Meeting that it is likely to be confirmed this Thursday that 462 houses will be required for the Holmes Chapel and Goostrey LSC area. However as Cheshire East have already granted planning permission for over 500 houses in the area, Cheshire East does not require further Site Allocations in Goostrey or Holmes Chapel.

Councillor Gilbert also stated that if Goostrey wants to put forward proposals for housing at any site in Goostrey in excess of the requirements – including Hermitage Lane, Mount Pleasant, the Grange, (also should morally include the Chicken Farm even if this is just in Cheshire West!) – it would generate income for the village in the form of ‘Section 106’ agreements.  We at LoveGoostrey understand that could provide funding towards a new scout hut [and will conduct a little research into the level of possible funding, GPC stated that a new Youth Centre would cost up to £500,000!].

LoveGoostrey also understand that the 5 year housing supply will be reconfirmed this week.  However, the only test of a 5 year housing supply will be at the next appeal and will be at the decision/whim of the planning inspector whether they agree with Cheshire East’s assessment.

Goostrey PC stated they will review this latest news from Cheshire East at their next meeting and reminded the village that without a  5 year housing supply the village is once again at risk of predatory developers.

We hope that Cheshire East can prove they do have a robust 5 year supply (third time lucky hopefully!) and we hope that if the village as a whole decides it wants to provide more housing than Cheshire East say we need, then we can have a full consultation involving the whole village (and Jodrell Bank)  to decide whether we want to do this or not.


Goostrey Annual Parish Meeting

7.30 Goostrey Village Hall, Tuesday 29th April 2014

The meeting gives Goostrey Parish Council “an opportunity to review the last council year and to consult with ( Goostrey residents ) on relevant issues you may wish to raise”.  GPC is supposed to represent the residents of Goostrey and “only with your input can that representation truly reflect your views”.

Goostrey residents will have the opportunity of putting their questions/concerns to the parish council at the end of the meeting during a Public Forum.

Speakers include:

Professor Simon Garrington, Jodrell Bank Observatory;  “Zooming in on the Radio Universe”.

Gill Boston, NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Make your voice heard.

Goostrey Parish Council AGM Tuesday 29th April

Goostrey Parish Council AGM is on Tuesday 29th April: 7.30 Village Hall

The Parish Council can only represent your views if you let them know what your views are.  Therefore we at LoveGoostrey would encourage you to come along and let them know your views.

We support our Parish Council and have many similar views to them and respect their democratic mandate.  However we do disagree with them in terms of the current requirement for a Site Allocation for a major development within the village.

Last year, in the AGM, Councillor Michael Jones stated that although Goostrey was a Local Service Centre it would only require between 30-50 houses over the life time of the plan (2010-2030) and this only equates to building on average 2-3 houses within the village per year (ie similar to current development rates).  Everyone agreed that this sounded sensible.  In the response to Cheshire East‘s local plan over 170 people responded within the village confirming that they would prefer this development to be in a number of small sites around the village.

Site Allocation

Since then we have had our Parish Council’s Site Allocation policy which, although well meaning to try and put barriers to unrestricted development in the village, placed all the 50 houses on a single site at the Grange.  This is now already out of date with respect to subsequent events which have occurred and hasn’t proven to be as effective as they may have wished in controlling development; as their policy was not a material consideration during the recent Hermitage Lane or Chicken Farm planning applications.

In the Parish Council’s recent annual newsletter they are correct in their statement that nobody wants major development within the village and that housing will only be built if the landowner is prepared to sell the land to developers.   But what they didn’t mention is that planning permission for major developments will only be given if it meets the requirements of the Local Plan and Site Allocation document (which will be published 2015/2016) .   They are also incorrect in their statement that only large sites give landowners sufficient returns.   If this was true we wouldn’t have seen all the small developments around the village to date!  Small developments of modest size houses can be very profitable for landowners.

Since Goostrey’s PC’s Site Allocation Policy,  Cheshire East have also submitted their ‘Submission’ version of the Local Plan. Although this still confirms Goostrey as a Local Service Centre, the majority of development is confirmed to be located in Holmes Chapel, a much larger Local Service Centre.  Therefore it would be reasonable to assume that means that the Local Plan assumes the majority of the 30-50 houses proposed last year by Councillor Michael Jones will be built in Holmes Chapel instead.

Jodrell Bank Observatory

We understand that Jodrell Bank is also concerned  about development in the village (they recently objected to the Hermitage Lane development ) and we are sure they too would prefer any additional houses to be further away from them in Holmes Chapel.  Indeed we note that Goostrey PC has recently  commented on the Local Plan supporting Jodrell Bank and recommending a moratorium on development within 2 miles of the Observatory (see Goostrey Parish Council comments to the Local Plan Submission).

Of course, the Local Plan will still allow small development (single houses and infill of small open gaps by 2-3 houses) in Open Countryside, and it is likely that we will still see this development in Open Countryside areas such as Hermitage Lane,  Mount Pleasant and the Grange over the lifetime of the Local Plan should the landowners concerned wish to develop their land.  At the current build rate of around 3 houses per year, this could easily result in another 50 houses over 15 years around the village.

Therefore as 60 houses have already been constructed within the boundary of the Goostrey ‘Local Service Centre’ since the start of the Local Plan process in 2010 – and considering the fact that the  ‘Chicken Farm’ planning application for an additional 37 houses has also been passed (although construction can’t commence until access has been sorted out and is technically within Cheshire West, this will still practically contribute to the housing requirements for the village), and the potential for another 50 houses in small developments around the village – does the village still require a Site Allocation for a further 50 houses at the Grange?

Considering the above, we at LoveGoostrey don’t believe it is required !   Particularly considering there are already planning applications for around 400 houses in Holmes Chapel (approx 200 of which have already been passed ) which is far more than their required allocation.

What do you think?


5yr position statement

Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement

The Position Statement was produced by Cheshire East Council and was approved by the Portfolio Holder on 10 February 2014.  The NPPF requires Local Planning Authorities to set out a five year supply of specific deliverable sites for housing, including an appropriate buffer.  This update assessment has been produced as a snapshot to identify the housing land supply situation within the Borough on the base date of 31 December 2013.  Cheshire East Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement (PDF, 994KB)

source Cheshire East Council


Pickles letter to Michael Jones

LoveGoostrey notes Andrew Kolker’s [CE Ward Councillor] comment in the minutes of the GPC 11th March:  “Eric Pickles has sent a letter stating that as CEC has a core strategy in place the 5 year housing supply is confirmed without having to be approved by the Planning Inspectorate.”

Praise from Eric Pickles for Local Plan:  CEC Press release March 4, 2014………..

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP has written a personal letter to the leader of Cheshire East Council, praising the authority and urging developers to work with the Council.

In his letter Mr Pickles said he welcomed the fact that the authority had established a revised housing figure and that the emerging Local Plan will protect the countryside and the green belt.

He said: …”I am glad that you have found helpful discussions with Planning Minister Nick Boles and the support that we have provided on plan-making via the former Chief Planning Inspector.”

He added: “The Government’s changes to legislation and policy have put Local Plans at the heart of the planning system. Our policy sets out clearly that emerging plans may gain weight as they progress but before they are formally adopted.

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