Sibelco’s sand quarry application 17/3605W is due to be heard again by Cheshire East following updated information submitted to CWaC. (CWaC approved the proposal, as did CEC last year)
Wednesday 27th Feb Macclesfield Town Hall at 10:30am. (public welcome)
“……….The assessment of the additional information is the subject of this additional report together with additional representations from members of the public, clarification of the Jodrell Bank position and an update on the latest published NPPF. The conclusion of the statutory consultees is that the impact of the development on the hydrogeology, hydrology and ecology of the area, in particular New Platt Mere, is considered to be acceptable, and no new objections are raised.”
“……….The consideration of the development remains as set out in the report dated 4th April 2017, appended, except where updated by this report, and it is not proposed to revisit this as there is no alteration to the development proposal.”
Conditional Approval subject to conditions and Subject to the Secretary of State deciding not to ‘call-in’ the application under the Departure from the Development Plan procedures and Article 31 Direction of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.” CEC
Decision date 8th Jan
The indicative layout for Outline Planning now shows 13 homes (one extra) being proposed by Crabtree Homes Ltd for land to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea. (see layout below). The mound to the east (allegedly to deflect interference to JBO) has been removed.
Proposal Feb 2019 now shows an extra dwelling and no mound
The decision, by delegated authority, has been moved to the end of March 2019.
Link to application: 18/4980C
Previous layout for 12 homes Nether Lea 18/4980C
Before these changes Goostrey Parish Council had objected – as had JBO. Jodrell Bank Observatory were also 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application for 26 homes at this location (Ashalls submitted a different proposal in 2014 – 14/1964C ; refused and then withdrawn before appeal).
“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.
Two planning applications have been refused recently, both due to the potential impairment to JBO:
A ‘glamping’ site for 10 ‘pods’ on Bomish Lane: 18/5000m
Nine extra park homes on Mount Pleasant : 18/4510C
A decision on 18/4980C: 12 homes on land to the east of Hermitage Lane, off Nether Lea is due later this month; 18th Feb 2019)
All were opposed by the Parish Council and Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Click the links above for details.
Following the withdrawal of plans to replace the ex-Vicarage on Blackden Lane a new proposal for extending the existing house, to be known as Fairfields, has been submitted to Cheshire East earlier this month.
Link to application 19/0127C (final date for comments 5th Feb, although no consulates/neighbours are listed to be notified on the application, which is applied for under Permitted Development as an extension rather than full planning). The secondary building is for a single storey swimming pool.
The Grade ll listed 17th century barn at Mill Bank Farm, off Mill Lane, is currently unsafe and in urgent need of repair/conservation “to safeguard the future of the building”. It would certainly be sad to see such a barn go to rack and ruin.
Cheshire East are seeking planning permission for Listed Building Consent for external urgent repairs to the timber framed barn and the 19th century neighbouring building. (To include removal of existing modern blockwork pens to the interior and additional structural bracing to stabilise the structure.)
link to application 18/6211C
Mill Bank Grade ll barn
Cheshire East Council’s conservation officers have undertaken emergency repairs over the past two years and the 17th century barn is not currently in use as it is deemed unsafe.
Purcell’s Elgan Jones’ Condition report states, “The building has suffered from weathering and general degradation of exposed timbers, which has caused longstanding movement, distortion and damage to parts of the aged timber frame and original fabric. There is other recent damage, with a small local collapse occurring in early summer 2017 to the front middle section. This has necessitated emergency propping and some shoring up of the load-bearing frame stable to make the building safe and reasonably secure for the time being.”
Historic England’s listing:
“Barn late C17 with early C19 alterations and additions. Brick nogged timber frame and brickwork with slate and tile roofs. 3 truss bays with 2 bay, 2 storey brick addition (west). The framing of the barn, which stands on a 900mm high plinth of C17 bricks, is 15 panels long and-4 panels wide of small framing filled with early C19 brick nogging. There are half-heck doors and square pitch hole doors. This section of the building has the slate roof. The early C19 brick addition has a flight of brick external steps, with stone treads, which lead to the loft, also a tile roof with blue clay ridge tiles. Interior: Oak Queen Post Trusses, with high collars, are supported by jowled posts. There are oak purlins with wind braces and an oak ridge tree. Braces from the posts to the tie beams are missing. The floor and roof timbers in the C19 addition conform to the period of the building.”
Two planning decisions are due this week*, both by delegated authority rather than committee:
A ‘glamping’ site for 10 ‘pods’ on Bomish Lane: 18/5000m due 1st Feb 2019.
Nine extra park homes on Mount Pleasant : 18/4510C due 18th January 2019.
( 18/4980C: 12 homes on land to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea – decision due next month; 18th Feb 2019)
All have been opposed by the Parish Council and Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Click the links above for details.
Glamping revised parking
Plan of proposed park homes
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.
Decision date 8th Jan