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 […]

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 […]

Goostrey Scouts’ Big Bike Ride

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

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 […]

Challenge to Loxwood N’hood Plan rejected

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 […]

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.) 16/0286C  (click images to […]

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.

CEC reject Inspector’s advice on sites consultation

CEC reject Inspector’s advice on sites consultation

Despite Inspector Stephen Pratt ‘s recommendation, CEC are not going to publish its final list of site allocations ahead of the next main consultation. The Inspector suggested that CEC “may wish to consider publicising the final list of selected site allocations before public consultation, so that stakeholders and local communities can provide up-to-date information on availability and deliverability […]

Gladman lose appeal in Leek

Gladman lose appeal in Leek

Gladman Homes had lodged an appeal against Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s rejection of the company’s proposal to build 90 homes on farmland. A six-day appeal hearing, chaired by Government-appointed Planning Inspector Michael Hetherington, was held in early December last year and yesterday it was confirmed the appeal had been dismissed. The Planning Inspector said the three […]

Appeal challenged over N’hood plan

Appeal challenged over N’hood plan

A local authority is to challenge Planning Minister Greg Clark’s decision to approve housing in a village against local and neighbourhood plans. Cherwell District Council is seeking judicial review over the decision for 54 houses in Hook Norton, after Clark approved Gladman’s appeal in December.  The Council had previously refused the proposal and is saying […]