Sand quarry recommended for Approval

The proposed sand quarry (link:  17/3605W )  by Sibelco UK on land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane, Cranage and Allostock CW4 8HJ is being recommended for approval on 4th April 2018 at the Strategic Planning Board (SPB) when they meet at 10.30 in the Capesthorne Room at Macclesfield Town Hall.  The site is 0.6km from the centre of Goostrey and residents have voiced concerns over air quality from resulting dust from the silica sand.

The application is for ‘silica sand extraction and associated development, mineral extraction by dredging, progressive restoration, mineral processing and despatch.’

Jodrell Bank Observatory has put forward a request for firm conditions.  Cheshire East planners’ summary to the SPB states:

There is a presumption in the NPPF in favour of the sustainable development unless there are any adverse impacts that significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.

Silica Sand is a nationally important strategic resource, providing feedstock for the glass, ceramics, horticulture and casting industries, and a host of other industrial uses. Minerals can only be worked where they occur and the distribution of silica sand across the UK is unevenly distributed and is limited to a small number of locations and Cheshire East contains important deposits east of the M6 motorway.

Restoration plan

There is an ongoing need for silica sand to supply demand, and of the four operational silica sand sites in Cheshire East, two of these are close to being worked out. This proposal is to extract 3.3 million tonnes of silica sand over a 12 year period in an area which has historically hosted silica sand workings, and within a site which in part is allocated for sand and gravel extraction. Approximately 75% of this is suitable for high quality silica sand industrial uses, and 25% would be suitable for sales into aggregate construction sand markets.

Minerals specific local development plan policy for Cheshire East includes saved policies of the Cheshire Replacement Minerals Local Plan 1999, and includes policies for preferred areas for new mineral extraction. New permissions have already been granted within most of the preferred areas, and the current situation is that further permitted reserves are required to be brought forward. There is a requirement to provide at least a 15 year supply of silica sand on sites where significant new capital is required. In addition, the Cheshire East Council Local Aggregates Assessment does not meet the maintenance of at least 7 years sand and gravel landbank required by the NPPF. This proposal would therefore contribute towards the maintenance of at least 7 year supply of sand and gravel used for aggregates.

This should be balanced against any potential harm to the loss of Grade 2 and 3a agricultural land, the impact on hydrology and hydrogeology (the water table), residential amenity; particularly in terms of noise and nuisance dust impacts to sensitive receptors; along with the increase in vehicle movements in the area, the impact on the highway network and air quality and ecology and habitats.

The benefits arising from the proposal in terms of the national need for silica sand are considered sufficient to outweigh any harm caused by the scheme, and the potential harm to residential amenity and the environment can be mitigated by a range of planning conditions and through the controls of other environmental legislation.

On the basis of the above, it is considered that the adverse effects of the scheme are significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the long term social and economic planning benefits, along-side long term benefits to nature conservation and return to agriculture. As such, the scheme is considered to accord with policies of the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy 2017 and the saved policies of the Cheshire Replacement Minerals Local Plan and the Congleton Borough Local Plan First Review, and the approach of the NPPF.

A legal agreement to be entered in to by the applicant is requested by Jodrell Bank with the purpose of providing compliance with permissible radio interference levels to safeguard the efficient operation of the Radio Telescope.


Subject to the Secretary of State deciding not to ‘call-in’ the application under the Departure from the Development Plan procedures:

Approve subject to conditions and legal agreement.

for more see Cheshire East planning/minutes

Successful “Locals’ night” at the Scout Hut

The “pop up pub” at the Scout Hut and Youth Centre on Friday attracted a good turnout and raised more than £700 towards repaying the outstanding loan on the new building. The Crown Inn had “re-opened” for one night only at the new centre across the road, while the pub is closed for refurbishment.

Some of the Scout Leaders enjoying a well deserved pintLive music by Group Scout Leader and friendsHayden Browne, asst mgr at The Crown

Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts, David Giles, said: “The “Locals Night” held on Friday night proved a great success, and raised more than £700 towards repaying the loan on the hut. Goostrey Scouts are very grateful to the Crown for kindly organising and staffing the bar on the night, providing generous raffle prizes and donating a share of the proceeds to the Scouts. The pub is a good neighbour and has helped us in the past by hosting regular scout car washes in their car park and holding open mic nights to raise funds for the Scout Hut.”

Jason Camilleri, Manager of the Crown Inn said: “The Crown is a strong supporter of Goostrey Scouts and has been keen to help raise funds to pay off the loan on the building. We were happy to help by running the bar for one night only last Friday while the Crown is being refurbished, and look forward to seeing many locals back at the Crown when the pub re-opens from 29 March”.

“It was great that David Giles and a group of friends sang and played live music on the night, which helped to create such a great atmosphere at the Scout Hut on Friday.”

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at:

Junior tennis and ‘rusty racquets’ in Goostrey

Junior Tennis Coaching Programme 2018:

Children wanting to begin at tennis, or looking to improve their playing skills, could take part in this year’s Goostrey Junior Tennis Coaching at the Boothbed Lane courts.

The 15-session programme by LTA Coach David Richardson runs from Friday April 20th to Saturday September 29th – excluding school holidays and Rose Day weekend. Sessions run on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, and school-age children are grouped according to LTA junior coaching guidance for age and ability.

Junior coaching is open to children aged between 5 and 16, with sessions ranging from beginners and ‘parent-and-child’ classes, to more advanced coaching for older children. The programme is structured, with the emphasis on having fun whilst learning and developing tennis skills and ability.

Participation is open to juniors who live in Goostrey and the adjacent parishes of Allostock, Over Peover, Lower Withington, Twemlow, Cranage and Swettenham, whose families are already VHPFF members – or entitled, through living in the above parishes, to apply for VHPFF membership. Contact Sally Ball ( any Village Hall & Playing Field Foundation (VHPFF) membership queries.

The cost for the junior coaching programme’s 15 sessions is £67.50 (cheques payable to ‘Goostrey Tennis Club’). Booking forms are available by emailing coach David Richardson at or by phoning Alison Richardson on 07885 804246.


There will also be an Easter holiday camp for children, from Monday April 9th to Friday April 13th, with warm-up sessions, games, fun drills and competitions – before the weekend coaching programme begins. These will be held at the Boothbed Lane courts from 10am to 3.30pm each day. Booking is available by the day, or there is a special rate for all five days. To enquire about availability or to obtain a booking form, please contact David or Alison Richardson as above.

Rusty Racquets for adults

For parents who might not have played tennis for years, and fancy getting back into it, there will be an hour-long ‘Rusty Racquets’ session  after junior coaching at 12 noon on Saturdays, beginning on April 21st. Contact David Richardson for details.

Goostrey’s Josh Mitchell wins UK Engineer of the year

Congratulations to Josh Mitchell who has been awarded the top prizes at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition. Josh, aged 18 from Goostrey and Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, has been awarded Engineer of the Year for his project, ‘The Plybot’, chosen from hundreds of finalists.

In his project, Josh aimed to prove that it was possible to build a 3D printer for a fraction of the commercial cost, which was easy to assemble at home and didn’t compromise on print quality. His final creation, which fits inside two 13-inch pizza boxes (unassembled), snaps together using just 18 bolts and produces print-quality that was indistinguishable from commercial printers, costs £49.

Josh, who picked up the UK Engineer of the Year 2018 title, said:

“The Big Bang Competition has been brilliant – I had such a fantastic time last year that I wanted to return this year with my project ‘The Plybot’. I’m delighted to have won and I hope the success continues into my Kickstarter campaign for The Plybot to get these low cost 3D printers into people’s hands.”

The winners will continue to show their projects to thousands of visitors to The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham, which aims to inspire other young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The Fair is open to families on Saturday 17th March and young visitors will be able to explore all aspects of STEM, including a host of different hands-on activities, interactive workshops and stage shows.

Nikki Yates, Senior Vice President, GSK Europe, said: “The quality of entries this year was incredibly high right across the board, and highlighted some amazing young talent.  It really was a tough decision when it came to picking a winner.

Over 500 finalists from across the country were selected to show their ideas at The Big Bang Fair where ten were then shortlisted to pitch Dragon’s Den-style to a panel of VIP judges – including Nikki Yates (Senior Vice President, Pharmaceuticals Europe, GSK), Andrew Smyth (Rolls-Royce aerospace engineer and former Great British Bake-Off contestant) and Alex Deakin (Met Office meteorologist and weather presenter).

Winners of The Big Bang Competition in 2017 have since gone on to enjoy a range of other achievements on the back of their successes at last year’s The Fair – including winning international awards; appearing on Springwatch; getting other young people involved in their citizen science project, taking part in conference presentations to industry professionals.

Reminder! Locals’ Night at the Scout Hut Friday 16th

The Crown “re-opens” at the Scout Hut and Youth Centre for one night only tomorrow Friday 16 March, on the eve of St Patrick’s Day,

to raise funds to help repay the outstanding loan on the building.

Doors open from 7.30 – 11 pm


Join in for a drink, Music, Games and a Raffle – Over 18s only please.

Entry £2 per person