CEC’s draft Site Allocations for Goostrey

The Site Allocations and Development Policies Document (SADPD) is part two of the Local Plan and identifies additional sites for development throughout Cheshire East.  It will be presented to the Strategic Planning Board at the end of August – followed by a six week public consultation from 11th Sept.  The revised version will have a second public consultation then goes to an Inspector for approval (probably) in 2019.  The housing figure for Goostrey is low due to its location in one of the most sensitive areas for radio interference for the Jodrell Bank Observatory.”

A Settlement Report  on Goostrey supports the overall SADPD..here are some extracted relevant points:    “…it is recommended that no sites should be allocated in the SADPD for development in Goostrey.”

2.1 Goostrey is a village with its own settlement boundary, set in the Open Countryside, as defined on the Proposals Map of the Congleton Borough Local Plan First Review, adopted in 2005. It is identified as a Local Service Centre (“LSC”) in the adopted Local Plan Strategy (“LPS”), and has a 2016 mid-year population estimate of 3,800 people.  [LG: yes we disagree with it being an LSC and all know that Goostrey village does not have 3800 residents !]

2.1 The focus for Goostrey over the LPS period is that of limiting any further impact, exacerbated by development, on the globally important work being carried out Jodrell Bank Observatory. It is also anticipated that Goostrey’s development needs will be largely provided for in Holmes Chapel (LPS ¶8.34).

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3.7  There were 8 housing completions (net) in Goostrey between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2017, and 0.00ha employment land take up. Commitments as at 31 March 2017 were 8 dwellings and 0.00ha of employment land.  A planning permission for 38 dwellings, granted by Cheshire West and Chester Council, does not technically count towards Cheshire East’s figures, however, in a practical sense the proposed development will also be part of Goostrey, and therefore should not be ignored in the context of considering the village’s growth.

3.8  Taking into account existing completions/take up and commitments, this leaves a remaining requirement for the provision of 0 dwellings and 0.00ha of employment land over the remaining Plan period.

4.7  Goostrey has small centre with limited services. However, it has representation from all of the respective retail and service sectors, which provides a key resource to local residents. There is a vacant unit that reduces the vitality of the centre, given the small number of overall units. Although Goostrey has a lower level of retail and service units than expected in a LSC, it is recognised that the centre provides an important role in catering for the day to day needs of the local community and as such support its designation as a local centre (“LC”).

To read the whole report click here – Goostrey Settlement Report.

It is certainly interesting to see the Allocations throughout all the Local Service Centres:Draft SADPD 2.2.png


Cheshire East Local Plan adopted

Cheshire East Council has this week (at last) formally adopted its Local Plan.

Importantly, the Plan provides a five-year supply of housing land to protect against inappropriate or unsustainable housing proposals.   Goostrey’s position will be further strengthened if its Neighbourhood Plan is approved by a majority vote by residents on August 17th.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council said: “It has been a long and sometimes difficult journey but we understood the importance of getting this blueprint right – and the adoption of our Local Plan is great news for the people of Cheshire East.  The Local Plan is the council’s most important tool for shaping development in Cheshire East to 2030 – so today is a landmark for this authority, local businesses and our residents.”

Cheshire East’s Local Plan includes provision for a housing requirement of at least 36,000 new homes and 380 hectares of development land, with 60-plus strategic sites within the Local Plan, including larger-scale proposals such as the North Cheshire Garden Village at Handforth.


Site Allocations public consultation til 10th April

CEC are running a new public consultation onn the second part of the Local Plan: the Site Allocations and Development Policies Document (SADPD) Issues Consultation from 27 Feb to 5pm, 10 April.

This could impact the village as it sets the methodology for how CEC will allocate sites, extend settlement boundaries and determine the number of houses to be built in each LSC and so on.   Click this link for  The Site Allocations and Development Policies Document: Issues Paper.

CEC: ‘We have now started work on the second, more detailed part of the Local Plan and a number of documents are published for public consultation from Monday 27 February to 5:00pm on Monday 10 April 2017:

  • Site Allocations and Development Policies Document: Issues Paper;
  • Community Infrastructure Levy: Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule;
  • Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report; and
  • Call for Sites.

The consultation documents and comments forms are available on the Council’s website at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan and in Cheshire East customer service centres and libraries. Responses should be returned to localplan@cheshireeast.gov.uk or by post to Cheshire East Council, Spatial Planning, Westfields, C/O Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ by 5:00pm on Monday 10 April 2017.’

CEC Local Plan 11th round of consultation 6th Feb

Place NorthWest  1 Feb 2017:

Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan will next week take another step towards adoption as consultation begins on final amendments to the blueprint for the borough’s development.

The consultation on main modifications to the Local Plan has been called by planning inspector Stephen Pratt and will run for six weeks from 6 February to 20 March.

This follows nearly three years of public comments and submissions on the council’s proposed strategic blueprint for the borough’s development to 2030. Most recently the Local Plan underwent a further six-week public consultation, which ended on October 20. Continue reading

Inspector’s remarks on CEC Local Plan hearings

Extract from the Inspector’s closing remarks after the CEC Local Plan Examination Hearings:

“Finally, I have to say that this has been the most complex and challenging Local Plan I have ever examined – and I have examined over 20 of these types of plans over the last 7 years or so. I have been fascinated by the wide range of views expressed in the representations and at the hearing sessions and recognise the genuinely held views of all participants. You will have to give me some time to consider all the issues involved, but I will do this as efficiently as I can.”   Stephen J Pratt – Inspector.  20 October 2016

(and don’t forget to read through the Goostrey Neighbourhood Plan pre-submission document and Village Design Statement !  follow the instructions if you want to make comments)

Local Plan inquiry resumes on positive note

[Link to examination]

Place Northwest:

The planning inspector overseeing Cheshire East’s draft Local Plan set the tone on the first day of resumed hearings yesterday, saying that while he still had “outstanding concerns” about the borough’s development blueprint, “we live in an imperfect world and we need to be pragmatic”.

The inquiry into the Local Plan first began in August 2014, and after a few weeks of examination was put on hold by inspector Stephen Pratt to allow for more work and evidence gathering, after he became concerned over the plan’s legal compliance.

The plan initially proposed a minimum of 27,000 houses between 2010 and 2030, averaging 1,350 homes a year. During the work of the past two years, the council has increased the number of dwellings proposed by 33% to 36,000. The requirement for new jobs has gone up from 13,900 to 31,400 on 930-acres of land.

Taking place in Congleton Town Hall, the first day of the 12-week inquiry opened the floor to discuss the consultation process, Cheshire East’s duty to co-operate with neighbouring authorities, whether the plan should include a date for an early review, and if the plan period should be extended to 2032. Continue reading

Developers could ride “roughshod” over councils’ local plan policies

Cheshire East is seeking to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling that found an inspector ‘made no error of law’ when allowing up to 170 homes on a site in Willaston that falls within the green gap.

CEC is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal judgement which could see developers “riding roughshod” over councils’ local plan policies.

The Court of Appeal overturned a High Court judgement in favour of the Council and upheld a High Court judgement against Suffolk Coastal District Council regarding the weight, scope and force given to council planning policies.

The issue concerns Paragraph 49 of England’s National Planning Policy Framework which says housing supply policies should be considered out-of-date where councils cannot demonstrate “a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites”.

Cheshire East challenged a planning inspector’s recommendation to allow Richborough Estates to build 146 houses at Moorfields in Willaston. Suffolk Coastal challenged High Court approval of Hopkins Homes‘ challenge to both the Council and an inspector’s rejection of 26 homes at Old High Road in Yoxford.

“We have thought about this long and hard and it is not something we do lightly,” said Cheshire East cabinet member for housing and planning Ainsley Arnold.

“However, this court decision is too important to be allowed to go unchallenged. It is clear to us it would have deeply detrimental implications for councils across the country and their powers to protect local communities from unplanned and unsustainable development.”

He said the Council aims to maintain the significance of local plans in determining applications even when a council cannot show it has the “five-year supply” developers demand.

Three Court of Appeal judges concluded the High Court had misinterpreted Paragraph 49.

“The policy in Paragraph 49 does not disapply, or “bypass”, an ‘out-of-date’ policy in a statutory development plan,” says the judgement.

“The effect of a relevant policy being found to be ‘out-of-date’ or not ‘up-to-date’ under Paragraph 49 is that the presumption in favour of sustainable development is to be applied as Paragraph 14 of the NPPF provides. As we have said… this does not mean that the policy in question is to be disregarded. It must still be given the weight it is due in all the circumstances of the case.”

They concluded there was nothing wrong with an inspector concluding a policy was out-of-date but still giving it appropriate weight in planning balance.

But he was still entitled to decide how much weight to give when applying the statutory “presumption in favour of sustainable development”.