DCLG launch Neighbourhood Planning week 8th Dec

DCLG  Eric Pickles’ Dept of Communities and Local Government is hosting a Neighbourhood Planning Week on Facebook and Twitter starting 8th Dec.  Questions can be posed [from now] to Planning Minister Brandon Lewis and the Neighbourhood Planning team.

“8 -12th Dec – talk on twitter @communitiesUK
Tell us what got you neighbourhood planning and send us your pics #NPlanWeek “

See details below:

Monday 8th Dec:  Launch of Neighbourhood Planning Week. Keep an eye on twitter @communitiesUK  for news and updates.

Tuesday 9th Dec – Facebook chat with the Minister, Brandon Lewis, Minister for Planning and Housing. You can start posting your questions now. Brandon will answer between 12.30-1.30pm.  He’s looking forward to some hard-hitting questions and your thoughts on the neighbourhood planning process. Facebook page “Neighbourhood Planning Week 2014”.

Thursday 11th Dec – ‘Ask the Expert’ on Twitter @communitiesUK
The Neighbourhood Planning team from DCLG will be on twitter 1.00-2.00pm waiting for your questions on everything you want to know about neighbourhood planning but were afraid to ask. #NPlanWeek

Cost of Neighbourhood Plan: case studies

MP Fiona Bruce has strongly advised Goostrey residents and community leaders to urgently consider creating a Neighbourhood Plan, pointing out that they carry statutory weight and can influence Inspectors on Planning Appeals.  It is therefore worth considering the costs involved.  Estimates of between £20,000 and £80,000 were quoted at the recent GPC extraordinary meeting but case studies below point to a more reasonable amount – [albeit costs were mitigated by residents volunteering their time, available skill-sets and resources e.g. architect, project manager, graphic designer etc].

Case studies examples of costs of Neighbourhood Plans:
£10,450 costs exeter_st James
£14,312  costs broughton_astley Population village 10,000
£4,220 costs strumpshaw   Population 600.

MP supports Neighbourhood Plan

Fiona Bruce MP responds to LoveGoostrey with a letter full of support….

“Firstly, may I confirm that residents have my full support in objecting to proposals for a large development of 132 new properties in Goostrey on agricultural land which will completely distort local facilities and is, in my view, therefore unsustainable. ”

She confirms that she is making enquiries if special provision in planning terms can be made for Goostrey on the basis of a JBO Exclusion Zone.

read the whole letter…  Fiona Bruce 21 Nov 2014

Fiona supports Goostrey

Fiona supports Goostrey

JBO object to Dromedary Lodge

The 14/1147C  DromedaryLodge/Mt Pleasant application has raised concerns with JBO, leading them to object: “Our analysis indicates that developments of this size do constitute a significant increase in potential interference and we have raised this concern with senior planners at Cheshire East.”  Acknowledging other applications in the village, they “also consider the cumulative effect of these increases in the potential to cause harmful interference to our scientific observations”.


Meat for the wolves; Gladman investigation

No win- no fee

Gladman – one of the most successful ‘predatory developers’ – is pursuing 102 planning applications for huge housing developments all over England, most of them on greenfield land on the edge of rural towns and villages.  Country Life magazine’s editor-at-large, Clive Aslet, wrote that while farmland was once protected, the balance had changed with the introduction of the new guidelines.

Councils must now show they have enough land to meet housing targets for the next five years – or lose key powers to ward off planning applications.

‘Those who can’t are naked in the face of predatory developers’, Mr Aslet wrote. ‘Communities that don’t have local plans in place are similarly meat for the wolves.’

read the whole Daily Mail article  24Nov2014

Neighbourhood Plan guides

Neighbourhood Planning is a way for local communities to shape the development of the area in which they live.  Brandon Lewis MP Planning Minister [Nov17th] “local plans are key. Then even better to also have neighbourhood plan. That is what gives local power and local say.”

Here below are a few documents that may be of interest and help in making a decision.

Brandon Lewis tweets CPRE today that he looks “forward to working together to maximise brownfield land use”  following CPRE’s [Campaign to Protect Rural England] report this week that includes a series of recommendations that would make brownfield land more attractive to developers and encourage local authorities to do more to identify suitable sites…a million homes on Brownfield land.

Quick Guide to Neighbourhood plans​.

Roadmap  [making the decision; community-led guide]

one example: Tattenhall Neighbourhood Plan

Fundraising for Scouts

1st Goostrey Scouts have found a great way to raise money for free, simply by shopping online through a website called easyfundraising (www.easyfundraising.org.uk). With your help we can raise a lot of money simply by you going shopping through this site.

Whenever you buy anything online (e.g. Christmas presents, groceries, clothes, books, train tickets, hotel rooms, etc.) you can raise a free donation for 1st Goostrey Scouts . There are over 2,700 retailers registered with the site, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco who will donate a percentage of what you spend to 1st Goostrey Scouts to say thank you for shopping with them.

Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up – go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/1stgoostreyscouts  and click on the button to sign up. 

2. Shop – from the easyfundraising website, search for the retailer you’d like to shop with and click through to the retailer to make your purchase. This tells the retailer you came from easyfundraising. The price is exactly the same as if you’d visited the retailer directly.

3. Get a donation – after you’ve made your purchase, the retailer will give you a cash reward that easyfundraising turn into a donation for 1st Goostrey Scouts. 

No cost, no catch!

Please be assured that using the easyfundraising website will not cost you a penny.  There are no catches or hidden charges and 1st Goostrey Scouts benefit from any donations you make once registered.

Please join in with this idea, we would be very grateful for your support.

Thank you

David Giles  Group Scout Leader, 1st Goostrey Scouts