2 houses approved: 51/61 Main Road

15/5517C The proposal for 2 houses between 51 and 61 Main Road have been approved.

This site was previously proposed to have 7 houses on it [objected to by JBO], so it will be interesting if further houses are applied for in future, as JBO have stated their concerns over cumulative impact….

CEC: “the development would bring positive planning benefits such as; the provision of market dwellings, a minor boost to he local economy and would be located in a sustainability (sic) location. Balanced against these benefits must be the dis-benefits, which in this case relate to the minor impact upon the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope.

In this instance, because the impact upon the efficiency of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope would be relatively minor, it is considered that the benefits of the scheme outweigh this dis-benefit. On the basis of the above, it is considered that the proposal represents sustainable development and is recommended for approval.”  ( see full decision. )


Draft LP revisions

We’ve already said how the latest revisions would affect Goostrey in a previous post but here is a run down on the revised draft from ‘Place North West’:

Cheshire East’s revised draft Local Plan features changes to the green belt around Macclesfield, Alsager, Poynton and Wilmslow, in order to deliver the increased target of 36,000 homes needed in the borough by 2030.

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Neighbourhhood Plan: update on progress

22 Feb 2016: Update from the Neighbourhood Plan committee:

Quite a lot has being going on this year so far. The NP committee members, together with volunteers from the village, have been working on the Objectives and Policies for the plan. We are basing these on the results from the village questionnaire at the end of last year, as well as the open sessions we held in the village hall.  The Policies are at the ‘heart’ of the Neighbourhood Plan.  We have had lots of debate and have now produced a draft which we are discussing with our professional advisors (Cheshire Community Action).  The Objectives and Policies will remain a draft for the time-being as we have several other pieces of work in progress which will provide additional input.  When these studies are complete we are planning to hold some more consultations with residents to ensure that the Policies reflect your views.

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Local Plan moves forward

Local Plan moves forward towards consultation and its final stages

February 10, 2016 CEC media release

The revised Local Plan Strategy is set to go before strategic planning board, Cabinet and for approval by Full Council in February, before further extensive public consultation. This will include additional and amended strategic site allocations.

The Council is due to submit the Local Plan Strategy, with any amendments, to the Planning Inspector in June 2016.

Cllr-Rachel-Bailey-Jan-2016-200-wideCouncillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of the Local Plan, said: “The positive views expressed by the Inspector have enabled the Council to make amendments to our Local Plan with confidence and publish these for consultation.

“We therefore propose to take a report to a full meeting of the Council at the end of February, setting out proposed amendments to the plan.

“This will include a comprehensive suite of development sites to accommodate the larger scale of growth now planned for the Borough. Following a period of full consultation, during March and April, further examination hearings are expected to be held in early autumn.  Read the full Cheshire East press release.

China uproots 9000 from around telescope

Nine thousand residents within 5km radius of a new 500m diameter radio telescope in an isolated area of China are to be relocated, and offered £1,275 in compensation, to help “create a sound electromagnetic wave environment” – to minimise interference.  For comparison the Lovell is 76m diameter.

China telescope

500m radio telescope in China. Photo:CFP Getty images

Beijing hopes that the world’s largest dish, set in a hollow, will boost the global hunt for extra-terrestrial life.

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Builders blame councils for slow building

The Home Builders Federation evidence to MPs says building will only reach Government targets if councils give consent to even more land and discharge conditions quicker.

The Home Builders’ Federation has blamed councils for builders only building a relatively low proportion of the sites for which they have planning consent – because they need even more planning consents and more agreement over discharge of conditions.

The Federation’s response to the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, puts blame on local authorities for the failure to build.  It says it is important to distinguish between land allocated in a development plan, with planning consent but with conditions to discharge, with “implementable planning permission” and currently under construction.

The HBF claims councils believe their delivery role stops with planning consent and says they should work more closely with developers to allocate sites and grant enough permissions to meet identified needs.  It agrees it is builders that actually build but councils should work to secure agreement over delivery trajectories.

“The current debate between local authorities, government and the development industry regarding build out rates fails to respect fluidity of sites moving through the development process,” it says.

“The allocation of sites and the granting of planning permissions is a reservoir from which development will flow. The number of completions per year is the rate of flow, not the size of the reservoir itself. Once a tap is fully open (in house building terms this is the equivalent of a site delivering houses at the maximum rate the market can sustain), the only way to increase the flow is to open more taps through granting more planning permissions. This may, temporarily, increase the size of the reservoir but, ultimately, if we are to increase output of housing we must plan positively for more housing.”

It says they will only meet Government building targets if the five-year land supply reaches one million dwellings.  The Federation supports brownfield registers and permission-in-principle and also the “brownfield presumption” which it says is not a return to brownfield-first.  It calls for brownfield tax breaks but says sites must be deliverable and developable to go on the registers.    BrownfieldBriefing