N’hood Plan committee Tues 1st

The Neighbourhood Plan Committee meet next week [link to their Agenda ].

We presume they will be organising working parties from out of the list of residents who have volunteered.  Hopefully each group will then choose a member to join the NP committee so that the village is fully represented.

Village Hall Lounge on Tues 1st Sept at 7.00pm

Twemlow AD plant proposal REFUSED

The proposal for an AD waste and power plant on Twemlow Lane went to the Strategic Planning Board [SPB] in Crewe today and was refused by 10 votes with 2 abstentions.

Councillors felt this was the right time to make a decision as “residents deserved an answer” and voiced various concerns  including the EA report [in which they refused a Permit] and the added doubt over the possibility of the 60 year old tanks not being gas tight.  One councillor voiced his experience of AD plants having a “hideous smell”.

Councillors said that if the EA changed their opinion then the applicant could re apply with a full Environment Impact Assessment.

Osborne plans to relax planning laws for rural areas!

George Osborne warns that the lack of housing in the countryside is a “scandal” and vows to ensure that children are not forced out of villages because of the lack of affordable homes.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph alongside Elizabeth Truss, the Environment Secretary, Mr Osborne says that he will reform planning laws in order to “make it easier for villages to establish their own neighbourhood plan and allocate land for a small number of new homes”.

He pledges to continue to protect the green belt but says that the reforms will allow villages to build “starter homes” which can then be bought at a 20 per cent discount by first-time buyers with links to the area.

The ministers say that the Government will “make it easier for people to stay in their rural communities and for newcomers to settle there too”.  Daily Telegraph 19th Aug 2015

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CEC recommend refusal of Twemlow AD plant

Strategic Planning Board: 26th August 2015.

Cheshire East Planning has recommended refusal for the proposal for a 46,000 tonnes AD Waste and Power Plant in Twemlow, ref 12/0705W.  The application, first proposed in February 2012, is to come before the SPB next Wednesday on 26th August; also recommended for refusal by CE’s Environmental Protection department and refused a Permit by the Environment Agency in July 2014 would predominantly be for foodwaste as well as slurry, chicken manure and maize.

10.30am Weds 26th August 2015, Strategic Planning Board, see AGENDA

at Council Chamber, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ. View directions

Neighbourhood Plan steering group launch website

Residents can now follow the progress of Goostrey’s Neighbourhood Plan [NP] on its website :


It’s encouraging from the comments returned so far that residents believe that Goostrey cannot sustain large scale developments, but can accept some small scale infill. This will help protect our open countryside and green fields, and hopefully will also invoke a ‘brownfield first’ policy – a much more sustainable solution and one that we at LoveGoostrey would support.   The village also supports the view that any proposed development should be discussed and agreed with Jodrell Bank Observatory.