An end to ‘unwanted unplanned unsustainable’ development in Goostrey?

Playground and School to receive funds

It is fantastic to read in the parish council’s Autumn Parish Newsletter that CEC and CWaC finally agreed with Bloor Homes that funds for the Woodlands development should be diverted to Goostrey.  Well done to David Johnson and all those involved!  Whilst Woodlands is technically outside Goostrey Parish the 39 addresses are ‘Goostrey’ and it was accepted that the residents will make use of Goostrey services therefore the Section 106 windfall brings the grand sum of £40,000 for the playground and £85,000 for Goostrey primary school !!  Common sense prevailed. (read more on this here)  (see updates on Facebook ‘Friends of Goostrey Play Area‘)  Although there seems to be some doubt as to the school receiving the money, see comments below.Goostrey logo

Whilst the 39 new houses cannot be included in the required allocation for the Goostrey area (as they have already been counted in CWaC) it was great news that Goostrey’s Neighbourhood Plan was passed with a yes vote of 97.72%, the highest in Cheshire East so far!! This plan is now formally adopted by Cheshire East as part of the Local Plan, which itself was adopted on 27th July 2017, and includes sensible policies for the development of the village whilst supporting our unique neighbour Jodrell Bank Observatory. In other words, the parish would accept small scale housing in the parish but not at the expense of JBO.

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Henderson Homes streetview

For instance, the Parish Council had no objection to a recent application for 3 houses behind the Red Lion 17/3883C but stated “should Jodrell Bank choose to object to it the Parish Council will support Jodrell Bank’s objection”.  A decision is due on Nov 8th but JBO have objected, as they have to various applications for additional housing adjacent to 51 Main Road (and the current appeal for 6 houses is adjourned until the end of November).


However the parish is certainly in a better position now against unplanned development with a Neighbourhood Plan, a robust Local Plan and a 5-yr housing supply – the lack of which had been an important factor in developers’ appeals on unplanned development in the borough over recent years.

Local Plan given significant weight

It is encouraging to read therefore that the Secretary of State backed Cheshire East’s Local Plan when he dismissed a major planning appeal on the former Gorsty Hill golf course, near Crewe: (see Gorsty Hill appeal)

The Secretary of State gave ‘significant weight’ to the council’s recently adopted Local Plan policies for the protection of the countryside and found that, via the adoption of the plan, the council is able to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, CEC cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision. It is a vindication of our stand against unplanned development. The secretary of state has strongly backed the policies of the recently-adopted Local Plan. He has also agreed that the council is now able to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land through the Local Plan.”

This is a very welcome return to plan-led decision making. It is also a ringing endorsement of the council’s efforts to put in place a robust, up-to-date Local Plan which gives the people of Cheshire East its best protection against unwelcome unplanned and unsustainable development.”

Will predatory developers get the message and concentrate on providing developments that don’t threaten to impair JBO?  Could that be too much to hope for?

Clocks change this weekend

Don’t forget to move your clocks back an hour to GMT before you go to bed on Saturday night – and enjoy the extra hour in bed on Sunday morning (although it does mean we lose an hour of sunlight til spring).  Greenwich Mean Time starts at 02:00 on Sunday morning 29th October:

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In 1907 William Willett introduced the idea of changing the clocks to stop people wasting daylight on summer mornings.  He spent the rest of his life trying to convince people it was a good idea but died a year before Britain adopted “British Summer Time” during the First World War in May 1916.  This used less domestic coal which increased supplies for the war effort.  [Germany had adopted his daylight saving idea a month previously.]


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Become part of the family at Goostrey Scout Group….

…and join the adventure!  

Goostrey Scout Group are looking for additional leaders to join their growing team and would love to hear from anyone interested in becoming a Cub Leader or Assistant Cub Leader and join the team of five assistant Cub Leaders in Goostrey.  No previous experience of Scouting is necessary for these roles, as you will be provided with full support and training.  Please click the job descriptions below and be ready to JOIN THE ADVENTURE and have FUN!

For more information about Cubs, please call David Giles on the number below or speak with any of our leaders, or visit:

You may apply in confidence to join the team by emailing David Giles – Group Scout Leader at or by calling him on 07836 230195 or 01477 535634 or speak with any of our leaders.

David Giles – Group Scout Leader – 1st Goostrey Scout Group 

Goostrey Scouts welcome applications from anyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation

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Well done Goosfest, 2017 most successful year!

Organisers behind Goosfest 2017 have declared the festival the most successful ever, with a record number of ticket sales.

Of the 25 events run in and around Goostrey between Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 21, most were sell-outs with musical performances, lectures, workshops, comedy and art on offer.  With the dust still settling on this year’s celebrations, organisers are already eyeing up improvements for next year.

Bill Ollier said: “Goosfest has been going since 2007 and this year has proved to be our most successful yet.  We again assembled a varied programme with widespread appeal, which was clearly underlined by the fact that we sold more tickets than ever before.  Goosfest, which is a not-for-profit organisation, has established a reputation as one of the most varied music and arts festivals in the north west.  We aim to keep our quality high and our ticket prices low. This is only possible through the loyal support of our regular audience, sponsors and Goostrey Parish Council.  After a few days well-deserved rest, the committee will turn its attention to next year’s Goosfest which we hope will be even more successful.”

The headliner of this year’s programme, comedian Arthur Smith, was a highlight with his ‘At Your Service’ show on October 7 at Terra Nova School.

Another crowd favourite saw internationally-famous jazz guitarist Martin Taylor accompany top jazz singer Alison Burns to perform ‘Ella Fitzgerald at 100’.

Musical performances stole the show, with legendary singer Judie Tzuke, the Halle Brass ensemble, and ‘The A-Z of Orchestral Triangle Playing’ presented by Mick Doran, principal percussionist at English National.

Goostrey Goes to Bollywood, which coincided with the Hindu festival of Diwali, saw a large crowd tuck into a buffet curry supper before watching and participating in Bollywood dancing by ‘Lalita’s Namastey India’.

The comedy evening, including four comedians from the UK stand-up circuit, again played to a full house in the village hall.

The Arts weekend, which was curated by Goostrey artist Katja Murta-Bisse, also included work from local artists Caroline Hunter, Alison Rose and Sharon Forsythe.

Read more about Goosfest and add your name to the mailing list for info on Goosfest2018 go to :

Be on your guard!

Sadly there have been two recent cases in and around Goostrey of con-men taking sizeable sums of cash off residents in their own homes – please be on the look out and, importantly, warn relatives and neighbours.

If someone you aren’t expecting arrives at your home you can ask to see their id, call their company (not a number the caller gives you) or simply say ‘no thanks’ and close the door.  They may try to sell something, claim to be from the utility services checking a fault/leak, or offer to do some work – just close the door and refuse entry.

You can set up a password with United Utilities (click here to their website) that callers would use to let you know they are legitimate.  Their phone number to call is  0345 672 3723 to check if it’s a bogus caller – they won’t mind.

But be on your guard!