Railway viaduct to close 13th-24th Feb

A reminder that the viaduct will be closed for 11 days for repairs 13th -24th Feb.  Granada Reports covered the story this evening, describing it as “one of Cheshire’s most iconic landmarks”.

But years of wet and cold have taken their toll and there is no functioning drainage which could lead to flooding of the line and degredation of the arches.  It can be seen that work has already started on the viaduct but the arches, built in 1841, have been exposed to the elements for 175 years and the improvements, costing £7 million in total, will help it to stand for another 125 years at least.

MP Fiona Bruce said that the inconvenience of the 11 days closure will bring “reliability and safety at the end”.

Passengers should check before travelling but there will be diversions via Macclesfield and a replacement bus service.

Plans lose at appeal in Great Totham, Essex

Gladman Developments’ outline application for 115 homes north-east of The Bull, in Great Totham, was rejected by Maldon District Council in March.  An appeal was launched in June and an inquiry held in August last year.  The plans, which would have increased the population in the village by almost 20 per cent, have now been dismissed by inspector Peter Rose.

In a 15-page document detailing his decision he said the homes would “fail to preserve” the settings of the nearby Grade II listed pub The Bull.  He said: “I conclude that the scale and location of the proposed development, by reason of its impact upon the setting of The Bull public house and adjacent stables, would be harmful to the significance of those listed buildings.”

Great Totham plans rejected at appeal

Great Totham plans rejected at appeal

Mr Rose said the loss of open space as a result of the scheme would be “seriously harmful” to the appearance and character of the area.

“The scheme would introduce a substantial built form across a large area of open countryside and development of this open field on the scale proposed would undoubtedly change its distinctive character and appearance,” he said.

“The development would suburbanise an important part of Great Totham to the detriment of its wider distinctive rural character and appearance.”

At 5.85 hectares, the proposed development site would have spanned the size of more than four football pitches off Maldon Road.  Gladman Developments had proposed 115 homes with associated site access, highway works, land for a doctor’s surgery, equipped play space and open space.

In a post on Facebook, Great Totham Action Group, said: “Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign to preserve the character and countryside in the village we all love. The meetings, the campaigning, the leafletting and the letter writing all paid off. We hope, like us, you all find this a huge relief that we can again enjoy the place we live without this large cloud hanging over us.”   Rebecca Creed Maldon Standard


Goostrey Scouts’ Big Bike Ride

Goostrey Scouts Big Bike Ride (55 Miles) FLAT
14th May 2016 from opp Crown Inn, start 07.30.

2015 Goostrey Scouts Bike ride

2015 Goostrey Scouts Bike ride

The Friendliest Bike Ride in Cheshire
Fancy the challenge?



Why so Friendly?

1. You ride in a Group of 15 with your own experienced Leader, riding at a speed you choose. You will guided round the beautiful quiet roads of Cheshire, going through, Tatton Park, High Legh, Great Budworth, Delamere, Whitegate, Davenham, Lach Dennis and then home!!
2. You stop at Norley for cuppa, cake, and a chat
3. Welcome Back Party with Music, BBQ and More Cake!
4. All for £30 – which goes direct to our Wonderful Scout Hut Project

1. Get a Bike
2. Message Tony Taylor – Tony Taylor info@cw4fitness.co.uk with your email address for up to date news, payment details and training tips
3. Get training, you have 3 months to get fit.
4. Tell your friends

:Goostrey Scouts


The Woodlands Showhome open

It is interesting to see the Woodlands development now that the Show home is open – and the houses on the market – and to drive on Blackberry Way, the contentious access road.  Jodrell Bank did not object to this development, just requested screening measures.

The New Homes Bonus does not go to Goostrey however, despite locations and amenities being advertised as Goostrey, as it is technically Allostock, Cheshire West and school places are funded at Peover not Goostrey School.  The Woodlands address however is ‘Goostrey’.  A prime example of cross-boundary planning.




Challenge to Loxwood N’hood Plan rejected

The High Court has rejected a challenge to a neighbourhood plan in Sussex.  Crownhall Estates challenged Chichester District Council and Loxwood Parish Council over approval of the Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan which failed to allocate its greenfield site to the south of Loxwood Farm Place for 25 homes:  

In 2014 Crownhall secured the quashing of an earlier version of the Neighbourhood Plan on the grounds Environmental Assessment of Plans and Progreammes Regulations 2004 had not been complied with.

A new Neighbourhood Plan was judged sound and Chichester decided to proceed to a referendum, triggering a fresh challenge. The referendum secured 98.5% acceptance and Chichester made the plan last July.

Crownhall raised four grounds of challenge – the appropriateness of allocating more than 60 homes in Loxwood, the reasons for the restriction, inclusion of small windfalls, and the site selection scoring system. All grounds failed.

Mr Justice Holgate took the first two together and judged the examiner and District Council had discharged their obligation to give reasons for the decisions. The judgement said the Plan did not contain sufficient text to create a policy restriction against larger windfalls and criticisms of a scoring exercise did not give rise to any material legal error.  Brownfield Briefing.      See the full judgement here.

Grainstore plans for 4 houses

The plans for 4 houses on the site of the old Grainstore by Blackden Lane/Bridge Lane fork are now on the CEC webpage.  (For info, there was no requirement for ‘affordable housing’ at the time of the outline planning application.  JBO did not object; requesting certain building materials to help reduce electromagnetic interference.)

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Environment Agency investigate Shear Brook pollution

After a Goostrey resident spotted the “odourous” pollution when dogwalking and reported it to the EA, they reacted quickly yesterday; found and stopped the pollution.  Then this morning they assessed the brook and took samples.  No results yet as investigation continuing.

Pollution in Shear Brook. Photo: Kate Roberts

Pollution in Shear Brook. Photo: Kate Roberts