The planning application for 25 houses on the fields behind Mount Pleasant has been refused by the Southern Planning Committee. The committee followed the planning officer’s recommendation and decided that it would represent an unsustainable form of development in the planning balance: due to the adverse impact on Jodrell Bank Observatory as well as impact on the landscape.
Professor Garrington addressed the committee on the cumulative nature of the impact of all the proposed housing in Goostrey on the telescope, even stating that their research on pulsars has already been affected by interference. The committee were very influenced by his arguments against further development.
The second reason was hotly debated – sustainability and the landscape impact of the proposal – however the planning committee decided to refuse on the additional grounds of landscape, with the impact on the public footpath being highlighted.
The objectors also had very good support from Councillors Peter Godfrey and Andrew Kolker.