Don’t delay, consultation ends 11.59pm Tuesday 26th.

LoveGoostrey urge you to comment and help to protect Goostrey from unplanned, unsustainable development.

“Time is nearly up for you to get involved in the latest round of the Local Plan consultation.

The Local Plan consultation closes on Tuesday, February 26.

Due to local government reorganisation and the introduction of Cheshire East Council as a local authority in 2009, completion of the Local Plan is currently delayed, leaving Cheshire East under siege from developers submitting plans for development………”

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Comment against Local Service Centre

One week left to comment

Thank you to all who have contributed to date on the Cheshire East plan objecting to Goostrey being classified as a Local Service Centre and thank you to the Parish Council for setting up the draft plan consultation information events.  These were very well attended.  We have only one week left before the consultation closes, so please do encourage your friends and neighbours to comment if they haven’t already.  Remember everyone in the household is entitled to comment, not just one comment per household.

At the Parish Council meeting on the 13th February the Parish Council voted unanimously to object to Goostrey being classified as a Local Service Centre.  Our Parish Council did raise the issue of Goostrey being classed as a Local Service Centre with Cheshire East in December last year when Cheshire East replied it was based on our population (Planning Conference Notes Dec12).  The supporting documents to the draft plan detail how we only have 2 of the required services to be a Local Service Centre and were classed as an Local Service Centre based on a population of over 3,500 which is significantly in excess of the last census figures (East Cheshire population data evaluation) .

It is evident that this assessment is achieved by grouping us with Twemlow, Swettenham, and Cranage.  Other villages such as Styal have also been discounted as an Local Service Centre due to their proximity to other Service Centres.  We are not aware of this assessment having been applied to any other villages in Cheshire East other than Goostrey, so we have been unfairly assessed.  This is the basis of our objection to being a Local Service Centre.

(CEC background report on heirarchy)

LoveGoostrey email Comments if you are struggling!

LoveGoostrey have filled in and put a short-form Comment Form on our What you can do page if you are struggling with the difficult on-line Commenting Portal (it doesnt make it easy, does it !).  It is preferable to comment on line but…….

There, you can download a form, insert your name and address, change points 4. and 5. on your computer into your own words, save it as a pdf, then ‘attach’ it to an email directly to CEC…  ldf@cheshireeast.gov.uk .

Comment per person not just one per household !

..to What you can do page.

A link to comment on Local Service Centre

Here is a link that will take you straight to the CEC portal Local Service Centres page where you could comment that Goostrey has been wrongly classified etc:

Local Plan portal to LSCs

LoveGoostrey has put links to the relevant pages for Goostrey comments on the ‘bite-size how to comment’ page.

(you have to register and sign in to comment).

We will upload a paper version of the Comments form tomorrow  in’ Word’ that you can change into your own words, save as a pdf and email direct to CEC (if you dont like making on-line comments).

Every comment counts

Every comment will make a difference, dont leave it to others – they may be leaving it to you !  Let us not be complacent and think that Goostrey may have escaped the worst – we will not know until later when specific sites are announced.

Other areas of East Cheshire are also up in arms about the Local Plan and the impact it might make on them, LoveGoostrey will add them to the links page for info, for instance:

The Alsager Residents Action Group

Protect Stapeley

Barthomley Action Group

Should Goostrey be a Local Service Centre?

Clearly, no!

“Local Service Centres provide a range of services and facilities which help meet the needs of local people, including those living in nearby settlements.”

As Holmes Chapel is classified as a Local Service Centre LoveGoostrey considers that it provides those services and facilities to the nearby settlements of Cranage, Twemlow, Swettenham and Goostrey.   Therefore Goostrey has been wrongly classified .. read more and see the proximity chart.