JBO opposes Hermitage Lane and Mt Pleasant plans

Jodrell Bank Observatory has objected to two current applications in Goostrey, ‘noting that the cumulative impact of this and other developments is more significant than each development individually’.

12 homes proposed by Crabtree Homes Ltd on open countryside to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea.  Decision expected 3rd Jan.  Link to application:  18/4980C

Mount Pleasant Residential Park (Tingdene Parks Ltd) applied for the demolition of 60 & 60a Main Road and the garage blocks to redevelop the site with 9 new park homes.    Decision expected 30th Nov. Link to CEC planning page:  18/4510C 


The Lovell radio telescope

New plans for land off Nether Lea/Hermitage Lane

Yet again – a developer is attempting planning permission for several homes in the village.

12 homes are being proposed by Crabtree Homes Ltd for land to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea. (see layout below)

Link to application:  18/4980C

Jodrell Bank Observatory have objected to the proposal and were opposed to a previous application for 26 homes at this location (Ashalls submitted a different proposal in 2014 – 14/1964C ; refused and then withdrawn before appeal) however the new developer has included a ‘bund’ to the east in the hope that it might help block interference – higher than the houses??).

It is not clear how effective that would be and details of its height are not included – but …would diffraction be an issue anyway?

The development will create 12 new dwellings with associated public open space , which provides a choice of housing to meet the needs of the area, whilst respecting and enhancing the site’s environmental assets. This will be achieved through the provision of 9 market houses and 3 affordable homes . Housing will be set within a robust green infrastructure, which will include existing mature trees and hedgerows. It will also include a permanent earth bund to the east side of the site which will help to block any interference to Jodrell Bank. The development will provide a mixture of market and affordable homes enhancing the land which has previously been used for agriculture and is currently empty .” Design & Access, Crabtree Homes.

12 homes proposed behind Nether Lea 18/4980C

Netherlea/Hermitage Lane

LoveGoostrey hears of renewed ‘activity’ in the field to the east of Hermitage Lane; sightings of men with clipboards – one being a wildlife expert checking for protected creatures.

Previous proposal in 2014

There is nothing showing up in Planning yet but you may recall previous applications for 26 houses on the site in 2014/15 (refused and subsequent appeal withdrawn).

We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

Hermitage Lane Nether Lea appeal withdrawn!

The forthcoming appeal for planning permission for 26 houses off Hermitage Lane/Nether Lea has been withdrawn, although no reason has been given.

With many thanks to everyone for their support over the last couple of years. The community, working together, has rightly won the day and prevented what was always a poorly devised plan for development of our open countryside.”  Hermitage Lane and Nether Lea Action Group

Originally applied for under ref 14/0081C (refused) the application was re-submitted under 14/1964C (refused and then under appeal).


PC extraordinary meeting 12th Aug Weds 7pm

The Parish Council are meeting to discuss planning matters including the 14/1964C [Hermitage Lane/NetherLea] appeal

Wednesday 7.00pm in the Village Hall Lounge 12th Aug 2015.

“To discuss the Parish Council’s response for the appeal and possible use of Rule 6, for the Parish Council to attend the Public Enquiry and to decide if representation by an advocate is required.”

Hermitage Lane/NetherLea appeal response

In light of the forthcoming appeal for Hermitage Lane, we at LoveGoostrey suggest you respond by 28th Aug using the online facility to comment/make representation [link to appeal webpage] and state:

“We are concerned regarding the implementation of Policy SE14 in Cheshire East’s Emerging Local Plan, as it requires Jodrell Bank to demonstrate how this development proposal would reduce the efficiency of the Lovell telescope which, from recent planning applications and appeals, appears to be difficult for them to do (refer to planning application 10/2647C  Twemlow Lane and 14/0081C Hermitage lane). The planning statement on Hermitage Lane confirms that although the application was recommended for Refusal, Jodrell Bank’s objection to this development couldn’t be sustained in the opinion of the planning officer as it was assessed that the effect on the telescope would be similar to the Twemlow Lane development, refer to  http://moderngov.cheshireeast.gov.uk/ecminutes/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=285&MId=4854&Ver=4 . However, we understand that Jodrell Bank is concerned about the incremental increase in housing around the observatory and the aggregate effect of interference that this would cause.  Prof. Simon Garrington is on record as stating it is the ‘largest and nearest’ developments to the Observatory that cause the most harm, with significant radio interference caused by nearby villages such as Goostrey.

We believe, it is the precedent set by any one development that makes it increasingly difficult for Jodrell Bank to have any objection to development around the observatory sustained and hence it is this fact that is likely to reduce the efficiency of the Lovell Telescope.  We also have concerns in regard to planning officers having to arbitrate on the technical issues of such complex science.

We therefore request that in terms of assessing the potential harm to Jodrell Bank Observatory, in accordance with policy SE14 in Cheshire East’s Emerging Local Plan, that an assessment of the cumulative impact of ALL the currently proposed developments in the Village is undertaken as part of this appeal (whether a planning application has been submitted or whether a planning application is yet to be submitted but the developer has held an initial consultation meeting).  The cumulative impact assessment should include:-

1) Planning ref 14/1964  26 Dwellings off Hermitage Lane , Goostrey,

2) Planning ref 14/5579C   – 119 proposed houses Land north of Main Road, Goostrey

3) Planning Ref 14/1147C  – 25 Houses Land to South of, Main Road, Goostrey, Cheshire (refused but appeal/resubmission expected)

4) Planning submission awaited – 60 houses, The Grange Livery, Station Road, Goostrey (https://lovegoostrey.wordpress.com/planning-applications/the-grange/)

5) Planning submission awaited – 55 houses, Mill Lane, Goostrey (https://lovegoostrey.wordpress.com/planning-applications/mill-lane/)