Application for wedding venue at Blackden Manor

Mr & Mrs Kershaw’s new application for their Grade ll listed Blackden Manor seeks to create a separate wedding venue with 10 bedrooms as well as a large extension to the main house.  (For info their other interests include The Colony Group – including luxurious office space/wedding venue etc near the airport)

Link to planning page for details: 19/2427C.  Comments are due by 27th June – to be decided by delegated authority rather than committee.

Wedding venue

The Grade ll manor house, to the east of the railway station, is currently being renovated/modernised.  This latest application points to the costs being offset by revenue generated from the creation of a separate wedding venue from the Grade ll cottage and adjacent farm building with glass extension:  “…The goal of the owners is to preserve the long term future of the estate but this cannot be at any cost. Consequently, the current proposals involve the renovation and extension of the listed farm building and East farm buildings to provide a wedding venue. This will then allow revue (sic) to be generated to fund the renovation of the ancillary buildings and fund the shortfall to the renovation and upkeep of the main house and surrounding estate.” Design & Access Statement 19/2427C.

The 2 outbuildings’ layouts suggest one for ceremonies and one for receptions (showing over 100 guests) and providing 10 bedrooms, although car parking doesn’t appear on the drawings.

Surely such a venture could lead to on-going noise and traffic issues locally, however no neighbours are being notified by CEC about the application!  Jodrell Bank Observatory are, of course, listed as a consultee.

Manor house extension

The Grade ll manor house is already a sizeable 7 bedroomed building but a very large glass extension is now proposed to the rear of the main house. “The current owners have acquired the estate with the intention of making it a family home. This involves extensive restoration to the existing buildings and estate in order to extend its life and make it suitable for use as a home to cater for the ongoing needs of their family and to ensure it reaches the standards expected of the size and stature of the house and estate.   ……..an extension is required to create a plan that works for the family…”

Recent alterations/renovations were approved on application 19/1324C.

Blackden manor proposed extension

 

Blackden Manor with proposed rear glass extension

Speedwatch

The Goostrey SpeedWatch team will be reporting 10 drivers who registered speeds over 35mph between 8:15 and 9:15 along Station Road this morning. Four cars were recorded over 40mph – with one at 49mph!

The 30mph limit is clearly marked before the railway bridge (and, as per the Highway Code, street lighting indicates a 30 limit along Station Road).

Watch your speed.

Of course not everyone speeds so well done to the 150+ drivers who drove carefully into/out of the village during the hour!

Photo from previous SpeedWatch

Speedwatch

The Goostrey SpeedWatch team will be reporting 10 drivers who registered speeds over 35mph between 8:15 and 9:15 along Station Road this morning. Four cars were recorded over 40mph – with one at 49mph!

The 30mph limit is clearly marked before the railway bridge (and, as per the Highway Code, street lighting indicates a 30 limit along Station Road).

Watch your speed.

Of course not everyone speeds so well done to the 150+ drivers who drove carefully into/out of the village during the hour!

Photo from previous SpeedWatch

A second unique banner at Goostrey Station – and a request

There’s a second new banner mounted beside the platform at Goostrey Railway Station.   The wonderful artwork is by Eamonn Murphy and both banners were commissioned by Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS). 
Chair of FOGS, Craig Sidebotham said ‘The digitally produced images are part of a Community Rail project featuring iconic buildings close to local railway lines.  Northern Rail chose two structures to represent Goostrey : the Old Medicine House, which is the home of author Alan Garner and his wife Griselda, and the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.’
FOGS volunteers who erected the second unique banner at Goostrey Station
Several members of FOGS attended the launch exhibition in Manchester.  All were impressed by the designs which are in a style reminiscent of the classic posters of the 1920s and 1930s.  The aim of the project is to increase the number of visitors to the sites illustrated and also to promote travel by train.  More information about the project can be found at stationconnections.co.uk
After discussion, Eamonn Murphy agreed to create two banners especially for Goostrey.  FOGS members asked him to use images which reflected the stations along the Crewe – Manchester line.  Hence the title of both banners is Goostrey Connections.   
Thanks go to the volunteers who transported and erected the banners.   But special thanks must go to Bill Macdonald who planned and made the wooden supports. 
Members of FOGS are excited that work organised by the owners Network Rail to restore the historic ticket office at Goostrey Station is progressing well.  The roof has been repaired and the wooden cladding and window frames have been replaced.  In addition, drain pipes and decorative canopy brackets have been repaired or recast and the exterior has been painted in the original heritage colours. 
Request: The Railway Heritage Trust, which provided some of the funding for the project, is seeking photos of the ticket office showing the original sign for the station name.  At present the earliest FOGS members have is from the 1960s.  Do you have an earlier one? If you can help, please contact FOGS member Christina Burgess on christina@rburgess.force9.co.uk or 01477 535443.

Simon Weston Trophy raises £1130

There was a great occasion at the weekend on the Booth Bed Lane Playing Field. The 6th annual Simon Weston Trophy Match resulted in a hard-fought 2-1 victory for the West of the village. I’m not sure it matters who won as, most importantly, £1130 was raised for the Remembering Nell Foundation from a wonderful community event.  Well done all!

The organisers would like to pass on many thanks to all who attended.

Quarry won’t be ‘called in’

Following requests from the Parish Council and residents for the quarry at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane, to be determined by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government the decision has now been taken that the application should be decided by the local councils.

Therefore the decisions to approve the proposal by both CEC and CWaC will stand.

“In deciding whether to call in this application, the Secretary of State has considered his policy on calling in planning applications. This policy gives examples of the types of issues which may lead him to conclude in his opinion that the application should be called in. The Secretary of State has decided not to call in this application. He is content that it should be determined by the local planning authority.”