Christmas in a banana box

Please donate food/gifts for the needy this Christmas.

Every year the Storehouse give out Christmas hampers (banana boxes filled with essential food items together with a few seasonal ones) to local households in need.

Donations and gifts for those in need at christmas

Donations and gifts for those in need at christmas

This year the various agencies have already asked them for 366 hampers – more than ever before.  With each hamper they also send out a gift for each person in the household.  Sometimes this is the only present they receive.

366 hampers means about 800 presents.

Storehouse are desperately short of presents for adults (particularly male) and male and female teenagers.

Please help if you can by donating food items for the hampers or a gift (unwrapped) to help make someone’s 25th December feel a little more like Christmas.

Donations can be put in the box at the back of St Luke’s church.  And a big big thank you from Storehouse!

The last day for putting your gift into the box is Monday December 12th.

Donations and gifts for those in need at christmas

Donations and gifts for those in need at christmas

(Photos from last year’s packing day)

Gladman’s appeal for Shear Brook dismissed!

“Jodrell Bank Observatory as an established world class facility should be afforded reasonable protection……the protection of Jodrell Bank Observatory as a facility of international importance transcends the housing land supply circumstances of the case.”

“…the Secretary of State agrees with the Inspector’s conclusion that even against Dr Trotta’s scenario, it has been reasonably demonstrated or ‘shown’ that the appeal development would impair the efficiency of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope such that it would conflict with Policy PS10 (IR268 and 271). The Secretary of State agrees with the Inspector that Jodrell Bank Observatory as an established world class facility should be afforded reasonable protection (IR270), and considers that this proposal could damage the world class work being carried out by the Observatory (IR308). In his view the harm to the efficiency of the Radio Telescope carries substantial weight against the proposal.”

re Swanwick Hall  “…agrees with the Inspector that it would very substantially reduce the gap between the Hall and the village, significantly diminishing the current open undeveloped character of the area….this would significantly affect the setting of Swanwick Hall, causing harm to the significance of the listed building that would lie within the middle to higher end of the less than substantial harm spectrum……. The Secretary of State, in accordance with the s.66 duty, attributes considerable weight to this harm.”

“…agrees that the protection of Jodrell Bank Observatory as a facility of international importance transcends the housing land supply circumstances of the case. The Secretary of State therefore attaches considerable weight to Policy PS10.”

“….the Secretary of State considers that the Council’s housing land supply shortfall – while significant and set in a national planning policy context – is largely a local issue, while Jodrell Bank Observatory is a facility of international importance such that its protection from the identified harm transcends the current housing land supply circumstances. He considers that the harm to the efficiency of the Radio Telescope carries substantial weight against the proposal.”

Formal decision:

The Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, agreed with the Inspector’s recommendation and dismissed the appeal, refusing outline planning permission “for residential development comprising of up to 119 dwellings (including a minimum of 30% affordable housing), structural planting and landscaping, informal open space, surface water attenuation, a vehicular access point from Main Road and associated ancillary works, at land off Main Road, Goostrey, Cheshire, CW4 8LH, in accordance with application ref: 14/5579C, dated 28 November 2014.”

Woop woop!  

[click the link to read the Inspectors recommendation and Sec of State’s decision:   Decision/Outcome 24th Nov 2016]

NB The validity of the Secretary of State’s decision may be challenged, by making an application to the High Court within 6 weeks from today (25 Nov 2016) for leave to bring a statutory review under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Cranage sand quarry changes to joint application CWAC/CEC

Sibelco have now changed their application to a joint CEC one with Cheshire West & Chester (CWAC) for silica sand extraction at Rudheath Lodge Farm, Cranage (between Goostrey Lane and New Platt Lane).

Delegating the decision to CEC was apparently unlawful so it will now be a joint determination.

Last day for submitting comments has also changed with CEC to 21st February 2017 – Full details can be found on CEC planning page, click the link:  16/4724W.

LoveGoostrey’s link to Sand Quarry page for proposal drawings etc.

New application between 51/61 Main Road

An application has been submitted to revise a previously approved ‘road’/shared drive layout along Main Road – tho the drawing strangely omits the 2 houses currently under construction. Three houses were originally approved for this site – but surely such a proposal would bring the total to 4 so shouldn’t that require a new application (with new JBO consultation)?  16/5254.  (click to enlarge pictures)

(link to planning history of site)

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Massive sum for hut raised

Well done to the Scouts for organising a great bonfire and firework display again this year. The event raised a massive sum of £ 3,500 towards the final construction works.
“We are still fundraising to enable us to complete the building works – having raised over £200,000 in 2 years we are on the final stretch and trying to raise the final £50,000 to complete the work…We really appreciate the support that we get from our community – we hope you agree the new scout hut is looking wonderful and a significant improvement on our last hut!”
If you would like to make a donation – these can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at:https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/1stgoostreyscoutgroup

The Scouts' bonfire night raised £3500 for the new hut

The Scouts’ bonfire night raised £3500 for the new hut

A final £50,000 needed

A final £50,000 needed