Shearbrook ‘proofs of evidence’

Cheshire East have now put Gladman and Goostrey PC ‘Proofs of Evidence’ on the planning page 14/5579C.

For those interested in following the Gladman Appeal for 119 houses at Shear Brook, here are links to the Proofs of Evidence from Goostrey Parish Council and Dr Roberto Trotta [Astrophysisist, or should I say ‘star’ witness, for Gladman].

The hearing starts on Tuesday 17th May, 10.00 at Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow SK9 4EY.

New venue for Gladman appeal

For those planning to watch or speak at the forthcoming Public Inquiry re 119 houses by Shear Brook.  Please note that the venue has changed from Crewe Alex FC to:

The Stanneylands Hotel, Stanneylands Rd, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 4EY.

Dates and times remain the same:

Starting 10:00am on Tuesday 17th May (then 18th– 20th, 24th and 25th).

Developers could ride “roughshod” over councils’ local plan policies

Cheshire East is seeking to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling that found an inspector ‘made no error of law’ when allowing up to 170 homes on a site in Willaston that falls within the green gap.

CEC is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal judgement which could see developers “riding roughshod” over councils’ local plan policies.

The Court of Appeal overturned a High Court judgement in favour of the Council and upheld a High Court judgement against Suffolk Coastal District Council regarding the weight, scope and force given to council planning policies.

The issue concerns Paragraph 49 of England’s National Planning Policy Framework which says housing supply policies should be considered out-of-date where councils cannot demonstrate “a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites”.

Cheshire East challenged a planning inspector’s recommendation to allow Richborough Estates to build 146 houses at Moorfields in Willaston. Suffolk Coastal challenged High Court approval of Hopkins Homes‘ challenge to both the Council and an inspector’s rejection of 26 homes at Old High Road in Yoxford.

“We have thought about this long and hard and it is not something we do lightly,” said Cheshire East cabinet member for housing and planning Ainsley Arnold.

“However, this court decision is too important to be allowed to go unchallenged. It is clear to us it would have deeply detrimental implications for councils across the country and their powers to protect local communities from unplanned and unsustainable development.”

He said the Council aims to maintain the significance of local plans in determining applications even when a council cannot show it has the “five-year supply” developers demand.

Three Court of Appeal judges concluded the High Court had misinterpreted Paragraph 49.

“The policy in Paragraph 49 does not disapply, or “bypass”, an ‘out-of-date’ policy in a statutory development plan,” says the judgement.

“The effect of a relevant policy being found to be ‘out-of-date’ or not ‘up-to-date’ under Paragraph 49 is that the presumption in favour of sustainable development is to be applied as Paragraph 14 of the NPPF provides. As we have said… this does not mean that the policy in question is to be disregarded. It must still be given the weight it is due in all the circumstances of the case.”

They concluded there was nothing wrong with an inspector concluding a policy was out-of-date but still giving it appropriate weight in planning balance.

But he was still entitled to decide how much weight to give when applying the statutory “presumption in favour of sustainable development”.


Saturday 23rd:10am-12.30 public consultation on draft Site allocation methodology

The Neighbourhood Plan Team have arranged a drop-in session so that residents can review the methodology to be used in assessing possible sites for development in Goostrey.

Saturday 23rd April:10.00 – 12.30 Village Hall.

“This an important document which could affect the future of our Village.  Please take the time to read it and let us know what you think – both what you agree with, and what you think should be changed.

In the main Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire people 97% of people said that if sites need to be identified for development to meet Cheshire East’s housing allocation they would prefer this to be done by the Neighbourhood Plan.  The Neighbourhood Plan Team has now prepared a draft methodology for assessing and comparing possible sites.

Members of the Neighbourhood Planning Team will be in the Village Hall Lounge from 10.00am to 12.30pm on Saturday 23rd April to answer any questions you may have about it.

The methodology does not consider how many dwellings will need to be constructed from now until 2030, it is just the process by which any possible sites considered will be evaluated.

Click here to read the Methodology Consultation Document.

Please let us have your views in writing by 6th June 2016 to:

The Neighbourhood Plan Committee, Parish Office, Village Hall, Main Road, Goostrey, Cheshire  CW4 8PE “

Or email:

St. George’s Day Family Service and Brunch

24th April;  St. Lukes Church Goostrey 9.30 am

This year the Goostrey Scout and Guide groups will be celebrating St. George’s day with a family service at St. Luke’s Church, followed by brunch served by the Scouts and Guides. The service will last approximately 45 minutes and will be immediately followed by a brunch of bacon or sausage baps, tea, coffee, juice and cakes, with all proceeds going towards the Scout Hut and Youth Centre fund raising campaign.

We really hope to make this event an important date in the annual Goostrey Church and Scouting and Guiding calendar and therefore ask that you please support us by attending and encouraging your child to attend.

Timings for this event are as follows:

  • Meet at St. Lukes Church 0930 hrs
  • Parade into Church 0940 hrs
  • Service begins 0945 hrs
  • Service ends 1035 hrs (children may be collected if not attending brunch)
  • Brunch begins 1040 hrs
  • Brunch ends 1140 hrs

Thank you for your support and for helping us to raise the money needed to build the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Yours in Scouting

David Giles – Group Scout Leader – 1st Goostrey Scouts