Houses between 51/61 Main Rd refused again

CEC have refused permission for an additional 6 homes behind the two houses now under construction opposite the entrance to Mount Pleasant.

Policies in the emerging Goostrey Neighbourhood Plan are quoted in the Officer’s report and the Decision refusal notice states that the development would be “unsustainable because it would impair the efficiency of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope and this impact is considered to significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the scheme.”

A prior application for houses on this site had previously been refused by CEC following opposition from JBO.

Inspector’s remarks on CEC Local Plan hearings

Extract from the Inspector’s closing remarks after the CEC Local Plan Examination Hearings:

“Finally, I have to say that this has been the most complex and challenging Local Plan I have ever examined – and I have examined over 20 of these types of plans over the last 7 years or so. I have been fascinated by the wide range of views expressed in the representations and at the hearing sessions and recognise the genuinely held views of all participants. You will have to give me some time to consider all the issues involved, but I will do this as efficiently as I can.”   Stephen J Pratt – Inspector.  20 October 2016

(and don’t forget to read through the Goostrey Neighbourhood Plan pre-submission document and Village Design Statement !  follow the instructions if you want to make comments)

Draft Goostrey Neighbourhood Plan ready!

The pre-submission version of Goostrey’s Neighbourhood Plan  along with the Village Design Statement  have now been prepared and can be seen on-line (hard copies also available). The NP committee are asking for the public to comment  so any revisions can be included before they are submitted to Cheshire East for the final consultation process.

Take time to view the documents… and enter your comments through the following link: Regulation 14..

The consultation period closes at 9am on Monday 28th November 2016.

*A drop-in session on Sat 5th November from 10am – 12.30pm has been booked in the Village Hall for any questions.

Coincidentally there was a second reading of the Neighbourhood Plan Bill this week when the Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell was asked to look at increasing the weight given to adopted neighbourhood plans where a council doesn’t have an up-to-date plan in place.

Our MP Fiona Bruce also put forward the JBO situation, “I have an appeal going through now to the Secretary of State for a large development near Jodrell Bank.  Jodrell Bank is concerned that having many more houses in the area will interfere with its instruments. It is a critical, individual, specific issue, and that area needs protection. It is important that that protection is not weakened if the council is unable to resist housing in unsuitable locations. Will the Minister clarify that the Bill will ensure that such sensitive designations will not be overridden and developers’ appeals will not be allowed? Will he confirm that that will be embodied as an amendment to the NPPF?”  Hansard 10th Oct 2016

Party for South African children visit

LoveGoostrey has heard of a ‘fancy dress themed party’ on Sat 19th Nov to raise funds for South African children to visit Goostrey Rose Day next year.  (more details please)

The £20 Curry Supper tickets will be available from the Trading Post and Goostrey Village Store; singly or tables of 8.

There is to be a bar, disco and raffle.  Dress: “hats, wigs and masks”.

Find out more through: Goostrey Rose Day Social

Bench at tennis courts in memory of Cyril Caulkin

Goostrey Tennis Club has donated a wooden bench to the Booth Bed Lane Pavilion facilities in memory of the late Cyril Caulkin, a former Chairman of the Club and Trustee of the Goostrey Village Hall & Playing Field Foundation.

In memory of Cyril Caulkin

In memory of Cyril Caulkin

The bench overlooks the tennis courts

The bench overlooks the tennis courts

Tennis Club representative Willie Dudgeon said: “Cyril’s sudden and unexpected death earlier this year was a great shock to us all. He devoted so much of his time to supporting village activities and played a prominent role in Goostrey Tennis Club. Our committee was keen to honour his memory in some way, and installing a spectator bench by the tennis courts seemed a fitting tribute.”


Sainsbury’s drop plans for Holmes Chapel store

Sainsbury’s have dropped plans for a 25,000 sq ft foodstore in Holmes Chapel on the site of the former Fisons Building on London Road and will be marketing the site shortly.

“Obviously this is disappointing news, but the market has changed considerably since we first announced our proposals, with more people shopping online and in convenience stores,” a spokesperson said.

The new store (approved in March 2014) would have created up to 175 full and part-time jobs and included 260 car parking spaces, a petrol station and recycling. 

Fortunately for local residents the supermarket Aldi is currently under construction on Manor Lane, which will offer greater shopping convenience as well as regenerating a brownfield site.

Aldi is under construction on Manor Lane.

Aldi is under construction on Manor Lane.


JBO opposes 6 houses at 51/61 Main Road

Jodrell Bank Observatory has opposed the application for 6 additional houses behind the two currently being built opposite the entrance to Mount Pleasant Park.

Cheshire East planning page 16/4306C .

Sept 2016: 16/4306C for a further 6 houses

Sept 2016: 16/4306C for a further 6 houses

Click to earlier post on 2nd Sept for further details of the application.

“In the case of the proposal 16/4306C, we oppose this development. Our view is that the impact from the additional potential contribution to the existing level of interference coming from that direction will be relatively minor. This is a general direction in which there is already significant development close to the telescope. We note that this application is one of a series that Emery Planning Partnership has made for this site: 15/3131C for 7 dwellings, which we objected to and was refused; 15/5517C for 2 dwellings, which we objected to as having a minor impact and was permitted.

We would ask the planning authority to take these points in to account in reaching its decision on this development, noting that the cumulative impact of this and other developments is more significant than each development individually.” Jodrell Bank Observatory.