Reminder to send in comments

A reminder to residents to send in your Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats comments for the N’hood Plan by Friday and to comment on Gladman’s inquiry into the refusal of 119 houses on ShearBrook by the 15th.   Inquiry Ref 3129954  and click ‘Make representation’

It’s interesting to read Gladman’s take on the N’hood Plan, written in April in response to the consultation process:

“To undertake a Neighbourhood Plan when the implication of the Inspector’s  views on housing numbers is not yet known is illogical and will lead to the Plan being out of date before it is even adopted. This represents both a waste of Parish Council and CECs time and resources.  In the absence of an adopted Local Plan to provide the strategic context for the area it is therefore hard to see how the Parish Council can successfully progress with a Neighbourhood Plan at this time….”  read the whole letter..  Gladman Goostrey- Neighbourhood Plan area designation – GDL representations

Neighbourhood Plan: your view of Goostrey

The NP committee need to know how residents view the village, now and in the future: what do you see as its

  • Strengths *[green spaces?shop?hedges?societies?
  • Weaknesses [services?cheaper houses?rail-footbridge?]
  • Opportunities [doctor?car parking?downsizing?
  • Threats [traffic speed?industrialisation?

for each of the 6 Themes :

Housing;   Village design & character;   Open Countryside, environment & heritage;

Transport, traffic & travel;   Community facilities;   Business & economy.

Email your comments to the NP committee at  by Friday 4thOct.

*Items in brackets are for example only, mentioned in Friday’s afternoon meeting, hopefully you will have your own ideas. On the Theme of Housing LoveGoostrey would advocate small, in-fill rather than large developments and a Brownfield first policy – we believe the neighbourhood plan should state no development will be supported where JBO raises an objection in order to give them a power of veto over inappropriate developments.

If you attended one of the meetings on Friday and have the handout version of above, please post in to the Village Hall letterbox by Friday please, or email as above.

ShearBrook appeal: how to object

The ShearBrook Action Group delivered flyers all around the village recently and have asked us to copy them here.  See below.  Comments re the ShearBrook proposal for the Inquiry need to be made by 15th October.

If you wish to comment follow the link to read ‘How to object’ either on paper or on-line

or go via the link  Inquiry Ref 3129954  and click ‘Make representation’.

ShearBrook appeal 2015

ShearBrook appeal 2015

How to comment on ShearBrook

How to comment on ShearBrook



Opposition MPs attack brownfield development

A Labour and an SNP MP have attacked the Government’s newly discovered enthusiasm for brownfield in the Commons

Opposition MPs have lined up to attack the Government’s newly discovered enthusiasm for building on brownfield land.  In an exchange of views at communities question time on 14 September, four Conservative backbenchers asked about support for brownfield land.  It was such backbenchers – and electors – who brought about the Party’s abrupt change of direction on brownfield pre-election and communities minister James Wharton was quick to stress Government support.

“We intend to create a fund to unlock homes on brownfield land for additional housing,” he said.  “We will continue to support the regeneration of brownfield land through a range of measures, including announcing up to £400m to create housing zones.”

The four MPs gave examples from their constituencies of threats or opportunities on brownfield land, but though Mr Wharton was quick to stress the £1bn, he gave little away about registers or “automatic planning permission”.

But opposition MPs have also changed their tune since the election, and a change of leadership.  Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman said there is a national housing crisis.

“He will not get anywhere with the illusion that that can all be dealt with through brownfield land,” he said.  “Brownfield land is often very expensive and in the wrong place. This Government will not acknowledge that we must build on greenfield to provide the homes that we need, but they do not like it: they are terrified of their constituents.”

Mr Wharton said listening to constituents is an important part of the planning process and public sector brownfield land is being released.  And he told Glasgow Central SNP MP Alison Thewliss that he had no figures on the cost of remediating contaminated sites, although the fund would help.

But Ms Thewliss also launched a brownfield attack.  “I will help the minister out here – I have some figures to hand,” she said.

“The cost of remediating brownfield land can range from £50,000 per hectare to over £1.7m per hectare for the most contaminated land. Does he believe that the fund he proposes will be adequate to deal with brownfield land? The reason such land is brownfield, derelict and unused is that it can be difficult to remediate. In the east end of Glasgow, 350ha of brownfield land need remediation. How far will the fund go?

Mr Wharton said a £1bn fund would go a long way and make a real difference.  Source: Brownfield Briefing

Developer-led panel to streamline local plans

“Oh dear, another developer-led panel on planning, without environment or community reps,” said Campaign to Protect Rural England chief executive Shaun Spiers.   “Outcome depressingly predictable.”

DCLG’s new panel to accelerate local plans will include no-one from the environment or community sector.

A panel launched by planning minister Brandon Lewis to “streamline” England’s local-plan making process has come under fire for lacking any community or environmental input.  Mr Lewis said the eight-strong panel will consider how to simplify the process with the aim of slashing the amount of time it takes for councils to get them in place.  He claimed this would provide communities with “certainty” and speed up the planning process.

“Our planning reforms have caught the imagination of communities across the country, allowing them to bring forward developments that are a real benefit to local people,” he said.

But the community voice is notably absent.

The panel will include one of the architects of the National Planning Policy Framework, Henley MP John Howell.  Chairing it will be John Rhodes of consultant Quod and also joining will be Adrian Penfold of developer British Land, Richard Harwood QC from 39 Essex Chambers and former British Property Federation chief executive Liz Peace.  Local authorities will be represented by Toby Elliott, a member of Swindon Borough Council and Chelmsford City Council local authority plans manager Derek Stebbing.      Source: Brownfield Briefing