NP questionnaire: on line version

Here’s a link to GPC’s NP questionnaire on line; now everyone in your household can easily have their say [by 3rd Aug].  If you are not sure – have a go anyway, better to say something than nothing.  We hope we can get a high percentage of responses from throughout the village.  We love Goostrey, let’s look after it and see what can be done to improve it !

Goostrey Neighbourhood Plan online Questionnaire

[don’t fill in a paper version as well as an online version !]

Aldi proposal for Holmes Chapel

Aldi will shortly be submitting a proposal for a new food store on Manor Lane in Holmes Chapel.  They are holding a public exhibition  on:

Thursday 30 July 2015 3.00 – 7.00pm
at: The Victoria Club, Victoria Avenue, Holmes Chapel, CW4 7BE

If you are unable to attend the exhibition or would like further information, you can contact Aldi via their contact page or visit the proposals pagewhere the materials displayed at the exhibition will be uploaded shorthly after.

Proposed Aldi site on Manor Lane

Proposed Aldi site on Manor Lane

Neighbourhood Plan: response to questionnaire

Are further Site Allocations required?

We at LoveGoostrey applaud our Parish Council for the start of the preparation of Goostrey’s Neighbourhood Plan. This will allow the whole village to have their say on how we all want the village to look and what services we want in the years to come.  But there are some important points to consider with regards to the decision to put forward Site Allocations in response to the recent flurry of speculative planning applications including NetherLea/Hermitage Lane (26 houses), Mount Pleasant (25 houses), Shearbrook (119 houses), Sandyacre (7 houses), and the former Chicken farm (35 houses approved and under construction) as well as possibly (55 houses) on Mill Lane and (60 houses) at The Grange :-

– Jodrell Bank Observatory has objected to all the large developments proposed by speculative developers (apart from the Chicken farm) in the village and appear to be against any large increase in the size of the village.  Indeed, this appears to be one of the reasons the Parish Council withdrew their previous Site Allocation for 60 houses at The Grange livery stables.  JBO’s Professor Garrington advised LoveGoostrey that a single house at The Grange could result in exceeding the acceptable levels of radio interference.  As a village Goostrey has a ‘duty of care’ not to undermine the research at Jodrell Bank Observatory, and is unique in having such an internationally renowned facility as its neighbour.

– The Local Plan does state ‘ in order to reduce unsustainable sporadic development, new housing will be strictly controlled. In the case of Goostrey which adjoins Holmes Chapel, a larger Local Service Centre, it is anticipated that development needs will largely be provided for in Holmes Chapel ‘

– Goostrey and Holmes Chapel have already exceeded the revised estimate for the number of houses required for the area as a result of recent planning appeals.

– As a result, Cheshire East confirmed no further Site Allocations are required for Goostrey or Holmes Chapel.

– Our local schools and health centre are full, and our rail station and local shopping centre car parks are at capacity.

– Site Allocations do help to bring derelict, unsightly, or under-utilised areas of land into useful use.  The only area in Goostrey which could be considered in this context is the ‘former sidings’ however, due to its location in the east of the village, its close proximity to Jodrell Bank Observatory may result in the same problems as at ‘The Grange’.

– Site Allocations could result in a rapid increase in the size of the village, which would overload local schools and services, rather than a preferred slow and gradual inflation.

– A Site Allocation tends to make one landowner very wealthy who may chose to not reinvest in the village, rather than allowing the sharing of the economic benefit around all landowners, allowing them to release small parcels of land and help support the economic viability of local farmers, businesses and all landowners and increase the chance the rest of the village will benefit in reinvestment (eg local jobs).

–  A Site Allocation would not be an effective defence against any other predatory planning applications in the village.  A vote to build in someone else’s back-yard wouldn’t stop development in your own back-yard as well !

–  If Jodrell Bank’s evidence is ignored in the forthcoming planning inquiry for Netherlea/Hermitage Lane (and any other developments that come forward), then we would get these developments plus any development proposed in any Site Allocations, further overloading our limited services and infrastructure.

Therefore, if you agree, LoveGoostrey suggests you return your questionnaire with ‘NO’ against the item ‘Location of New Developments’.  As Neighbourhood Plans can be updated every 5 years, if the village needs changes, the need for Site Allocations can be reviewed later on.

Of course this does not mean that there won’t be any further development in the village, indeed small developments have continued within the village in recent years.

Remember, Cheshire East’s Local plan ‘trumps’ any Neighbourhood Plan that the village produces.  In accordance with Cheshire East’s Local Plan..

In the Local Service Centres, small scale development to meet localised objectively assessed needs and priorities will be supported where they contribute to the creation and maintenance of sustainable communities.

The Local Service Centres are Alderley Edge, Audlem, Bollington, Bunbury, Chelford, Disley, Goostrey, Haslington, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley, Prestbury, Shavington and Wrenbury.

However, Goostrey’s Neighbourhood Plan could provide a simple statement to help support our prestigious neighbour: that no development would be supported if it is opposed by Jodrell Bank Observatory.

It could also provide a design standard that any new development should have to meet to maintain the rural character of the village.  In addition the identification of further services and infrastructure could be identified to improve the sustainability of the village as a whole, eg:-

– Support of the proposed Youth Centre.

-re-opening of an outreach medical centre to reduce the requirement for residents to have to travel to Holmes Chapel for doctors appointments

– further improving bridal ways and footpaths in the area, maybe a footpath/bridal way to Jodrell Bank Observatory, to encourage the enjoyment of Goostrey’s countryside.

– a safe footbridge/walkway between rail platforms

– reopening of Goostrey station ticket office

– improved bus service

– Support and encourage cycling with the protection of Goostrey as a designated cycle route.

and any other ideas you may have..

The most important point is to make sure you get involved, listen to the arguments and make your views known!!  Apathy is our worst enemy…

Neighbourhood Plan: Drop-in session on Saturday 25th

Goostrey Parish Council plan to include interested residents on the Neighbourhood Plan Committee but firstly have produced a “Future direction of Goostrey” leaflet with a questionnaire (see links below) for residents to express the needs and issues that are important to them.

An informal ‘drop in’ morning on Saturday 25th July will be your opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of your village.  Residents can go along to the village hall (9.30 – 11.30am) to chat about the issues that could affect Goostrey.  Questionnaires must be returned by Monday 3rd August, these will help the committee understand residents’ initial views.  [Questionnaires can be returned through the Village Hall letterbox (left of the door) or in one of the collection boxes at Mrs Kettle’s or the Trading Post]

Neighbourhood Plan Booklet

Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

SKA: in Oz radio quiet is number one priority

“……protected from radio noise by most everything state and federal legislation can throw at it.”

“On a former cattle farm in the remote outback, scientists are laying the ground for the biggest science project of the next 20 years: a radio telescope capable of picking out something like an airport radar on a planet in another solar system. Turn on your phone at your peril, because preserving radio quiet here is priority number one.”

“At Boolardy homestead, the base camp for the observatory, there is strictly no wifi…. Televisions are brutally stripped of their wifi and bluetooth capabilities here before anyone is allowed to turn them on.  And this is still 45 minutes’ drive from the site proper, which is protected from radio noise by most everything state and federal legislation can throw at it.”

Quiet, please

If you’re studying radio waves – really old, weak ones from the dawn of the universe – what you don’t want is lots of people making very loud radio noise really close up. And visitors inevitably make radio noise because they use electronic devices, and all electronic devices make radio waves.

A car starting or an electronic camera clicking or a mobile phone searching for reception are much louder to the equipment here than any distant galaxy. Obliterating, even.”

read the full article:   The Guardian 17th July 2015 Emily Wilson

Rose Day & Scouts’ Ball boost fundraising total

GOOSTREY Scouts have received a major boost in their efforts to build a new Scout hut and youth centre from hugely successful summer fundraisers.

Scouts' Summer Ball

Scouts’ Summer Ball

A number of events held over the past fortnight have raised £20,000, to take the appeal total to almost £60,000 since fundraising began nine months ago.  The largest sum raised by recent events was £16,000 from a summer ball held on Saturday at Hollins Farm, overlooking the River Dane near Goostrey.

Group Scout Leader David Giles said: “Goostrey Rose Festival is a major event in the village calendar, and this year our Scout barbecue stall at Rose Day on June 25 raised a whopping £1,660.  This sum was only possible because of the hard work of 20 of my trusted leaders and helpers on the day.  We are also indebted to Goostrey Guiding and Jodrell Side WI, which raised money at Rose Day for the new youth centre, as well as the Rose Day committee, who donated the money raised from the sale of teas and cakes.”

“Our long-awaited summer ball was held at the idyllic venue of Hollins Farm, which was attended by more than 200 people and raised a staggering sum of more than £16,000.

“The Scouts also received a donation of £200 from the Goostrey Thursday morning Bridge club and private donations from individuals of a further £1,000.  I am overwhelmed by the generosity of attendees at the ball and the local businesses and organisations which placed advertisements, donated prizes and sponsored items.  I wish to also pay tribute to the energetic team who organised the ball for us and gave so much of their time and enthusiasm to this venture.”

“We had aimed to demolish the old youth centre to remove the eyesore opposite the Crown before Rose Day, but nature had other ideas,” added David.

Nesting birds delay demolition

Nesting birds delay demolition

“Sparrows were discovered nesting in the wall cavities of the old building, so demolition has been put on hold until the autumn – after the nesting season – as house sparrows are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.”

The fundraising drive for the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre is continuing, with events including another car wash in September and a quiz night.

David has invited all local organisations and businesses to get involved in the fundraising drive. He can be contacted via email at Donations can also be made directly to

Knutsford Guardian 14th July 2015


M6 comments extended to 31st July

More information can be found on the M6 scheme [Junctions 16-19] on the Highways webpage: “Smart Motorway“.

You can also sign up for e-mail alerts relating to the scheme there, or email:

You can view the consultation on GOV​.UK. where you can respond/comment online. [by 31st July]

Public information exhibitions for the scheme are on 22 and 25 July 2015 where you can meet the team, find out more, and ask any questions.  Exhibition times, dates, and venues below:

Wednesday 22 July 2015 – 2.00pm until 8.00pm at Sandbach Town Hall, High Street, Sandbach CW11 1AX

Saturday 25 July 2015 – 9.30am until 4.00pm at Middlewich Town Hall, Victoria Buildings, Lewin Street, Middlewich CW10 9AS