Relevant points in changes to LP Strategy

The Strategic Planning Board met yesterday to review proposed changes to the Local Plan Strategy.  Just a couple of points are relevant to Goostrey: new additions in red, below….

firstly, strengthening the JBO consultation zone;

Policy SE 14 Jodrell Bank:

1. Within the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope Consultation Zone, as defined on the Proposals Map, development will not be permitted if it:

i. Impairs the efficiency of the telescopes; or

ii. Has an adverse impact on the historic environment and visual landscape setting of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope.

2. Conditions will be imposed to mitigate identified impacts, especially via specialised construction techniques.

3. Proposals should consider their impact on those elements that contribute to the potential outstanding universal value of Jodrell Bank.

and in 13.158 as Justification they “will provide further detailed policy and advice within the Site Allocations and Development Policies document”.

and secondly,

Policy PG 1 Overall development strategy of LSCs – Justification: Clause 8.34 has been updated which reinforces development should be within existing built-up areas and adjacent larger settlements. (click to enlarge for detail)

Updated 8.34

Updated 8.34

CEC Local Plan Strategy – Proposed Changes Feb 2016

LoveGoostrey report on Leader’s comments

LoveGoostrey report on Goostrey AGM:

Following the recent Consultation process there has been over 550 objections to Goostrey being designated as a Local Service Centre and not one in support.

At the AGM this week Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East agreed that Goostrey would be ‘treated’, according to the draft local plan, as a Sustainable Village rather than a Local Service Centre (although, as yet, the classification would not be changed).  He also strongly supported Jodrell Bank and said that any development would not be allowed to interfere with the operation of the Observatory.

He confirmed that Goostrey would receive between 30-50 houses over the next 18 years and suggested to the Parish Council that they arrange a Housing needs survey around the village, so the actual housing requirements that Goostrey village needs can be determined.  We at LoveGoostrey are not opposed to development of the village but in accordance with the aim of the ‘Localism Bill’ we believe that the village as a whole should decide what development they want, and not what developers want to impose on us.

Our concern was that, as a Local Service Centre, this would open the door to large scale development of the village which would be impossible to control from a planning perspective.  As a ‘Sustainable village’ this limits development to within the existing settlement boundary allowing some localised infill and includes some affordable housing.  We support the idea of having a village wide Housing needs survey, so we can all have a say to decide how Goostrey will develop over the next 20 years.

We are aware of the first development proposal –  on the former chicken farm between Lea Avenue and Harrison Drive.  This is on the boundary between Cheshire East and Cheshire West, so at this stage we are not sure which authority the planning application will be submitted through.  [thanks to RW Bennett: it is in Cheshire West]

Bloor Homes, the developer, has arranged a public consultation on Tuesday 30th April in the village hall 3.00-7.00pm.

Kent villagers reclaim their status in planning battle

The residents of a village that was reclassified as a town by the borough council so thousands more homes could be built in the area have forced the council to reverse its decision.  But Hawkhurst, Kent struck a deal in a 3 year battle allowing planners to build 240 homes on the condition that it is returned to its village status, preventing developers from “riding roughshod” over their area in the future.

read the Daily Telegraph article by Victoria Ward.

Cheshire East Leader, Michael Jones, recently met Goostrey PC to discuss the possibility of changing Goostrey’s incorrect status from a Local Service Centre to being a Sustainable Village.  It appears the main reason is because Goostrey has a railway station, councillors reported at last night’s parish meeting, and Cheshire East would be reluctant to change it as developers could challenge them.  Residents will have the chance to question Michael Jones (at Goostrey’s Annual Parish Council on 23rd April) as to how Goostrey was wrongly classified – based on the CEC Local Plan selection process.

What next?

The current consultation is now over.  LoveGoostrey would like to thank all who took the time to comment.  We have put a list of comments that were posted online below, which shows there was a unanimous rejection of being classed as a ‘Local Service Centre’.  We have had more comments about Goostrey than some of the other ‘Strategic sites’ in Cheshire East, which just goes to show the depth of feeling in the village.

What next? follow the link below…..

( Read the Goostrey comments submitted on line )

New House Bonus cash for councils

No wonder Cheshire East are having a big push for houses – in the news today, under the New House Bonus scheme to encourage house building, Cheshire East will receive a large pot of money from the government. They are currently one of the top 50 councils ( No. 34 out of a total of 354 councils) for receiving the highest bonus payments (see attached spreadsheet) , even higher than Cheshire West (no.58) . The more expensive the house – the more money they will receive, with an extra payment for providing affordable homes.

The government expect councils to consult communities about how they will spend the money.

Is this one reason why Goostrey has been ‘bumped up’ to be a Local Service Centre and why over 700 houses are proposed in Siddington and Gawsworth? To just increase the amount of money received in the New Bonus scheme? How is this sustainable without the corresponding increase in local jobs?

Every comment on the Local Plan is important. Make sure you have your say.

full government details on the New House Bonus here.