Building in countryside easier than ever

Region under threat as building in countryside easier than ever
An article in the Western Morning News echoes our woes.

“Nice homes in nice places with lovely views might make developers a fortune – but are they doing anything for the …. general economy”

It’s not just here in Cheshire East, it’s happening everywhere; overwhelming doctors, schools and roads with little prospect of finding local jobs without a long commute.  To be sustainable and provide affordable homes, development needs to occur where there are job opportunities – which can be reached by affordable and regular public transport (that actually runs during commuting hours!).  Many low paid workers can’t afford train fares into Manchester as the jobs do not pay enough to make the journey worthwhile.

In a rural community such as Goostrey, housing is mostly required to support our local agricultural workers, local businesses, local families including those wishing to downsize and remain in the village during their retirement.

‘….Councils were given 18 months to get their Local Plans in place before the presumption in favour of sustainable development kicked in – but at present only half have one.  Many are on their way to completion, but if a council does not have an up-to-date Local Plan – or has failed to identify a five-year land-supply for housing – it has become easier for developers to win their bids to build, often at appeal stage.’Read the whole article: Western Morning News 31 July 2014




Access refused

14/2840C; access to Bloor Homes development off New Platt Lane

Against the Planning Officer’s recommendation for approval, Cheshire East’s Southern Planning Committee today refused permission for access to the Bloor Homes development on the site of the ex-chicken farm on the Cheshire West boundary.

LoveGoostrey hears that the Committee demonstrated common sense in their deliberations with the developer and Highways – and permission was denied mainly due to a lack of safe access by any road users (drivers, cyclists, pedestrians), especially with regards to the ‘pinch-point’.  Emergency vehicle access and flooding were also considered.

(Of course, there still might be an appeal.)


Inspectorate to cover Local Plan approach to JBO zone

LoveGoostrey notes that the ‘updated Schedule of Matters and Issues’ in the examination of the Local Plan includes JBO in the items to be discussed :-

 “Jodrell Bank (Policy SE14)

a. Is the approach to new development within the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope Consultation Zone appropriate, justified, effective, clearly set out, soundly based and consistent with national policy and the relevant Direction, and does the policy give sufficient recognition to the scientific and historical importance of this facility?”     PS A002a Updated Schedule of Matters and Issues

Also in the ‘Planning Hearing meeting notes’,  the Planning Inspector’s key closing comments are as follows:-

“the Inspector explained that, by law, he is required to examine the soundness of this Local Plan, but emphasised that this is the Council’s plan, and he has no wish to rewrite the plan or impose his views on the Council. He intends to adopt a positive, pro-active, consensual and pragmatic approach to the examination, with the aim of ensuring a positive outcome. If the Council wish him to consider changes to the Plan, he will ask them to put forward suitable wording, hopefully agreed with other participants, as part of a process of facilitating consensus between the participants. He expects all participants to adopt a similarly positive, co-operative and consensual approach, with a willingness to discuss reasonable changes to the Plan which can be agreed by all parties.

He said that this was a major Local Plan which covered a large area with some important issues which need to be addressed. Government Ministers have said that the Planning Inspectorate has a crucial role in ensuring that sound local plans are in place across the country, and the NPPF emphasises the importance of producing up-to-date local plans. He confirmed that the ideal outcome of the examination process is to produce a sound plan that can be adopted.”

PS A009 PHM Notes


Re-routing of HGVs in Holmes Chapel

Holmes Chapel to start HGV re-routing scheme on Friday 15 August 2014. This scheme covers two pinch points, opposite St.Luke’s Church and the A50 end of Macclesfield Road.

Signs will direct HGV’s round the village, avoiding the centre (London Road ) and avoiding Macclesfield Road, in a westerly direction, from Manor Lane onwards.

This experimental scheme will have a consultation open for the first 6 months and will be advertised by Cheshire East and Holmes Chapel on their web sites and on posters around  the village.   Comments can be made on the CEC website from 15th August with a public meeting near the end of the first 6 months.

Speed Indicator Devices (SID’s) are already in position to compare and contrast data prior to and after the re-routing experiment period.  CEC say they can react quickly to situations, if there are recurring problems.

The scheme includes anything over 7.5 tonnes but exemptions include agricultural vehicles and wide loads, as well as access vehicles.  As SatNavs won’t include the updated routes HGVs may not be aware of the changes.

Residents can attend Local Plan inquiry

In September residents will be able to attend the public inquiry into the soundness of Cheshire East’s Local Plan;  the Planning Inspector’s examination will take place at Macclesfield Town Hall for about 6 weeks.

“one of the best and most-consulted-upon Local Plans in the country.

More than 40,000 responses from residents and organisations were collated, assessed and fed-in to the ‘submission version’ of the Local Plan Strategy.

The strategy has undergone nine rounds of public consultation since 2010, and the final six-week consultation, when even more comments were received over March and April this year, attracted 3,458 responses alone from 657 individuals and organisations.

Deputy council leader David Brown said he believes Cheshire East has one of the best and most-consulted-upon Local Plans in the country. Continue reading

Goostrey Rose Day 2014

A lovely slice of village life

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I spent saturday in the company of a set of happy villagers celebrating their Rose Day in Goostrey in Cheshire.

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The day is all about celebration, of their young folk, of their community and of their dedication to keeping the village traditions alive and well. Everyone takes on a role to make sure the day ran smoothly and by golly it did just that. There was tug of war, greasy poles, tom-bolas, fair rides, coconut shy and cake and fun stalls for everyone.

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There were many people wearing weird and wonderful outfits too.

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There was some great dancing, all the way from Africa no less !

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Competitions in categories of the best single rose, floral displays, (and a little display of my own !) More available here.

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and my most favourite of all, the children’s competition to create monsters out of fruit… priceless !

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Look at these, how wonderful are they ?

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Gooseberry Show results


Report from Blog from the Bongs:

It was goodies for the Goode family at Gooseberry Goostrey Show – Peter Goode won the top place for the  heaviest berry for the second year in a row!
Peter, always somewhat of a dark horse in 25 years of cultivating the fruit, beat all the odds of a season of discontent among growers to sweep the board and  collect most of the silver.   Few gooseberry men believed that size would matter this year as the result of a season two weeks ahead and juice-swollen fruit bursting on the bushes.


27th July 2014