Further to the current maintenance on the Lovell; a marvellous photograph courtesy of Goostrey Archives of the original surface in 1956 before the Mark 1 radio telescope became operational. Health & Safety today would have a few words!
Plans for the Sibelco sand quarry on land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane were approved today by Cheshire West & Chester. The proposal had previously been approved on April 4th by Cheshire East’s strategic planning board. (new info from the Environment Agency wasn’t discussed at the meeting but if the EA change their original ‘no objection’ then it will be referred back to planning).
Cheshire East are to meet again to review the new documents but it seems doubtful that they are allowed to alter their original vote.
and 17/03104/MIN Cheshire West and Chester)
Amongst others Goostrey’s Cllr Ken Morris spoke against the application over concerns about fugitive silica dust as well as pointing out that the stated Condition by Jodrell Bank Observatory for the site to not exceed the ITU threshold cannot possibly be enforced. Especially when Sibelco say the site already exceeds it (before driver’s mobiles etc). JBO have been given a draft scheme by Sibelco and will have to sign off on it before plans can go ahead.
In regard to water levels of nearby New Platt Mere dropping; CWaC stated that work would stop if water levels dropped to a certain level, and only resume once they had risen again.
Although CEC’s Strategic Planning Board voted earlier this year to approve the part of Sibelco’s planning application which is in Cheshire East, the decision has not yet been confirmed and an approval letter has not yet been issued. Residents now have the opportunity to submit further comments due to additional information, see below, up until the 3rd January 2019. (Original comments are still relevant)
The application has not yet been considered by Cheshire West and now new objections have been raised by Garnett Farms. They put the case that the water table in the area will be lowered if the Quarry goes ahead; in particular the water level in New Platt Mere would drop. This has resulted in a number of new technical documents between the Environment Agency, Sibelco and others – which can be found on the following link to Cheshire West website under 17/03104/MIN.
The Sibelco rebuttals (but not the other documents) have appeared on the Cheshire East planning website in the last few days and are open to public consultation with a closing date of 3rd January 2019, the planning application number is 17/3605W. (click link).
After a number of re-schedulings the latest date for the Cheshire West Planning Committee is 8th January 2019.
Interestingly Cheshire West have also published a document from Sibelco entitled ‘Electromagnetic Compatibility Scheme’ which shows that the background level of radio emissions are higher than those specified by JBO, even before any works are started. Although Sibelco have asked for a response from JBO, there is nothing showing on either CEC or CW&C websites.
JBO has opposed the current proposal that includes 10 ‘glamping’ pods, noting “that the impact from the additional potential contribution to the existing level of interference coming from that direction will be moderate to severe” …..”the pods themselves are likely to offer less shielding than conventional building materials and this site is very close to the telescope”.
Goostrey Parish Council have also objected to the scheme due to conflict with N’hood Plan policies and the lack of footpaths/pavements from the site along the narrow lanes to the village. Highways have pointed to the lack of car parking spaces on illustrations.
link to application: 18/5000m Comments by 14th November.
The application, for Mr Barber of Cheshire Country Holidays on Bridge Lane, includes the construction of 10 glamping pods – on wheels covered by decking- a permanent reception/office, store, shop and shower block with parking spaces for 15 vehicles.
Outline planning has been refused for 8 houses on the site of The Grange stables and menage off Station Road. Goostrey PC voted to object and Jodrell Bank Observatory had strongly opposed the proposal.
Link to application: 18/4079C
The reasons for refusal are as follows:
- The Local Planning Authority considers that the proposed development would introduce a suburban, residential development (by virtue of the scale massing layout of the proposed dwellings) in this rural area which would not preserve or enhance the character of the locality. It is considered that a residential scheme in this location would not be acceptable in terms of its landscape and visual impact and would lead to an unacceptable form of development within the Open Countryside
- The proposed development would impair the efficiency of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope which is an internationally important scientific facility.
The planning officer made the following observations:
“In any event it is not considered that the fundamental principle of the replacement of the existing buildings with two storey dwellings (as proposed) would preserve or enhance the character of the area and that the proposed development would have a significant negative impact on the Open Countryside and area. The existing equine use is considered to be appropriate to the character of the area and it is considered that the form/layout of the proposed residential development would assist to erode the landscape character of the area”
“Given the local character of the area, the impact on the landscape and the impact on Jodrell Bank it is not considered that the redevelopment of the application site to a residential use represents sustainable development as detailed within this report.” Link to full officer’s report.
Jodrell Bank Observatory objected to two current applications in Goostrey, ‘noting that the cumulative impact of this and other developments is more significant than each development individually’. Both applications have been refused.
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