Aldingbourne fails Neighbourhood Plan examination

Unfortunately Aldingbourne’s Neighbourhood Plan has failed their examination stage and highlights the danger of inappropriate site allocations.  This may indicate a change in policy in rejecting Neighbourhood Plans that try and restrict development.

This has particular ramifications for Cheshire East villages such as Goostrey when trying to put together a NP plan before the Local plan has been ratified.  Hopefully lessons can be learnt and sufficient evidence provided.  One of the key restrictions will be agreeing any Site Allocations with Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The report states

9.2 I also found that there was insufficient evidence to support some of the key proposals put forward and unrealistic expectations about the ability to restrict housing development to meeting only very local needs.  In other instances proposed allocations have been overtaken by events.  This has caused me to recommend rejection of the allocations relating to education, housing and employment and reduce the proposed allocation for leisure.  I was not satisfied that these proposals were sufficiently based on robust evidence to ensure that the Plan had adequate regard to national guidance or the strategic aims of the development plan. I could not be certain that they would contribute to the achievement of sustainable development and therefore have reluctantly concluded that the Plan does not meet the basic conditions. ”    See the Aldingbourne Inspector’s full report.

The last one to fail was Slaugham Parish Neighbourhood Plan:

Jan2014: A Sussex neighbourhood plan has become the first in the country to stumble at examination after falling foul of European environmental requirements.

An examiner has concluded that the Slaugham Parish Neighbourhood Plan in Mid Sussex should not be subject to a local referendum, which would normally follow a successful examination.  Examiner Ann Skippers said she is not happy with the strategic environment assessment (SEA) submitted as part of the document.  She also expressed concerns about the evidence provided in the plan, drawn up by Slaugham Parish Council, to support its housing targets.

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Christmas Lights switch-on Sunday 29 Nov

The Goostrey Scouts and Guides have organised the Christmas Lights switch-on and Carols for the third year running tomorrow Sunday 29 November, on the Bog Bean.   Join in the festive fun from around 5.30pm (after the 4pm Christingle service at St Luke’s): there will be brass band music and a visit by Father Christmas and his sleigh.  The scouts will also be serving BBQ food, hot or cold drinks and cakes and the ever popular mulled wine.

The switch-on will be at 6.30pm.
All profits will go towards the Scout Village Hut.

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/1stgoostreyscoutgroup

Scouts' last fundraiser of the year

Scouts’ last fundraiser of the year: Brass band music, mulled wine, Father Christmas and cake stall

 

Update on the ShearBrook appeal

It has now been confirmed by the Planning Inspectorate that after the Public Inquiry in May 2016, although the Planning Inspector will make a recommendation, the final decision will now rest with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP.

This is not exactly a surprise considering the national importance of Jodrell Bank, but is no greater indication of what the outcome will be.

Meanwhile Cheshire East are still preparing their ‘Statement of Case’ against the appeal but have engaged one of the UK’s leading QC’s to lead their refusal case at the Inquiry.

Starting on 17th May the Public Inquiry is estimated to last 6 full days and will be held somewhere in the local area.  It will be open to the public (and the public can speak in the allocated slots if they wish).

Goostrey Parish Council has engaged a barrister for the Public Inquiry and have already submitted their  ‘Statement of Case’  , as have Gladman Developments: ‘Gladman Statement of Case’

 

Houses in Goostrey

Cheshire West may have been given the S106 ‘developer contribution’ money for The Woodlands development on the old Chicken farm (as the planning application was for 38 houses in Cheshire West’s Allostock) but that hasn’t stopped Bloor Homes’ from advertising the houses as being in Goostrey! (and I’m not sure the photo of the cute cottage accurately represents the ‘The Woodlands’, is it even taken in Goostrey?)

Shouldn’t Goostrey village receive these ‘developer contributions’, as the new villagers will naturally want to feel part of the village and use the facilities in Goostrey ?

The Woodlands ad 1

The Woodlands… Coming soon to Goostrey apparently

The Woodlands ad 2It will be up to Cheshire East how many houses Goostrey will have to have, but will Cheshire East acknowledge that these 38 houses should be included in any housing numbers they insist are needed for Goostrey?

 

 

Donation boosts new hut fund

After the scouts organised for J K Ashbrooks Plant Hire and Groundworks contractors to demolish the old youth centre last month, James Ashbrook and family have donated £1225 towards the fundraising for the new building.  The new Scout Hut and Youth Centre will be built on half of the site with the other half up for sale by the Parish Council for the construction of a new house.

Going going gone ! October 2015

Going going gone ! October 2015

Group Scout Leader, David Giles said: “On behalf of 1st Goostrey Scouts, Goostrey Guiding and all other youth groups in the village, I wish to put on record our great appreciation of the commitment shown by all members of Goostrey Parish Council to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre project, and for funding the demolition and clearance work.  It was the icing on the cake when James Ashbrook and family made such a generous donation of £1225 to the fundraising effort for the construction of the new building.  It is remarkable how many local organisations and businesses are pulling together to help to make our dream of the new Scout Hut and youth centre come true.”

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/1stgoostreyscoutgroup

Christmas Lights switch-on Sunday 29 Nov

The Goostrey Scouts and Guides are organising the Christmas Lights switch-on and Carols for the third year running this Sunday 29 November, on the Bog Bean.   Join in the festive fun from around 5.30pm (after the 4pm Christingle service at St Luke’s): there will be brass band music and a visit by Father Christmas and his sleigh.  The scouts will also be serving BBQ food, hot or cold drinks and cakes and the ever popular mulled wine.

The switch-on will be at 6.30pm.
All profits will go towards the Scout Village Hut.

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/1stgoostreyscoutgroup

Scouts' last fundraiser of the year

Scouts’ last fundraiser of the year: Brass band music, mulled wine, Father Christmas and cake stall