Parish Council object to Blackden Manor’s plans

For information/interest this is the Parish Council’s objection to Blackden Manor’s latest plan – as ‘Blackden Estate’ – to hold events there.  (the application 19/2427c on the planning page is basically for a kitchen extension):

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Goostrey Parish Council (GPC) Objection to Planning Application Number 19/2427C, New Plans for Blackden Manor, Station Road Goostrey.

The Parish Council objects to the revised planning application for the following reasons.

  1. It is clearly intended that the application is not for residential purposes but that the development will operate as a commercial wedding and events venue. The owners are advertising this publicly as illustrated below, the information is from their own websitehttps://www.blackdenestate.co.uk/ and various social media sites.
  2. The advertisements show photographs of the listed building and say that it is “Cheshire’s Premier Wedding and Event Venue” and that the venue is open to the public to view as a Wedding Venue on 5th and 6th October 2019. The website makes it quite clear that the events are to be held inside the listed building for which this planning application applies:“Events in our quintessentially English, grade II listed property with views of UNESCOWorld Heritage Site”The website also says:

    “With space for up to 500 delegates plus plenty of onsite parking”

  3. As far as we are aware there is no permission at this site or building (of which the current application is an integral part) for commercial use and no entertainment or alcohol license. Commercial use would require an application and assessment of the impacts of noise, highways, lighting, car parking, impact on the listed building, impact on the Jodrell Bank Observatory among other factors.
  4. The website advertises that Tipis, glamping pods, glamping tents and glamping shepherd huts will be located on the site. “The perfect location for your Tipi can be found anywhere on the estate”. However, an application for glamping pods a short distance away on Bomish Lane was refused in 2018 (18/5000M) due to radio interference with Jodrell Bank Observatory.
  5. We note that the owners are operating a similar venue called ‘The Colony’ in Wilmslow andhave now applied for retrospective permission for use as a wedding venue (19/3302M). It appears that a similar unsatisfactory approach is being pursued in this case.
  6. ‘The Colony’ events have been the subject of a number of complaints by residents due to noise nuisance, in one case the staff have had to threaten guests with calling the police in order to stop the noise. The proposed approach of keeping doors and windows closed has not worked in hot weather when guests have opened doors and windows.
  7. We are concerned that Goostrey residents living close to Blackden Manor, particularly those near Goostrey Station will be affected by noise nuisance from similar commercial events at the Manor. Goostrey houses are less than 300m from the site and complaints about noise from The Colony have been received from residents 700m away, which would reach into Goostrey village at Church Bank.
  1. Blackden Manor lies within the ‘Inner Consultation Zone’ for the Jodrell Bank Observatoryand within the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Buffer Zone’. We are concerned that emissionsfrom LED lighting, computers, mobile phones and a range of other electronic devices in the proposed extension in this application will damage JBO’s operations, both for residential use and as “Cheshire’s Premier Wedding and Events Venue”.
  2. Overall GPC submit that this application should be refused as it is clearly intended for a purpose other than that stated in the application. If it is approved, then it should be restricted to residential use only.

Attachments below:

Parish Council object to Blackden Manor’s plans

For information/interest this is the Parish Council’s objection to Blackden Manor’s latest plan – as ‘Blackden Estate’ – to hold events there.  (the application 19/2427c on the planning page is basically for a kitchen extension):

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Goostrey Parish Council (GPC) Objection to Planning Application Number 19/2427C, New Plans for Blackden Manor, Station Road Goostrey.

The Parish Council objects to the revised planning application for the following reasons.

  1. It is clearly intended that the application is not for residential purposes but that the development will operate as a commercial wedding and events venue. The owners are advertising this publicly as illustrated below, the information is from their own websitehttps://www.blackdenestate.co.uk/ and various social media sites.
  2. The advertisements show photographs of the listed building and say that it is “Cheshire’s Premier Wedding and Event Venue” and that the venue is open to the public to view as a Wedding Venue on 5th and 6th October 2019. The website makes it quite clear that the events are to be held inside the listed building for which this planning application applies:“Events in our quintessentially English, grade II listed property with views of UNESCOWorld Heritage Site”

    The website also says:

    “With space for up to 500 delegates plus plenty of onsite parking”

  3. As far as we are aware there is no permission at this site or building (of which the current application is an integral part) for commercial use and no entertainment or alcohol license. Commercial use would require an application and assessment of the impacts of noise, highways, lighting, car parking, impact on the listed building, impact on the Jodrell Bank Observatory among other factors.
  4. The website advertises that Tipis, glamping pods, glamping tents and glamping shepherd huts will be located on the site. “The perfect location for your Tipi can be found anywhere on the estate”. However, an application for glamping pods a short distance away on Bomish Lane was refused in 2018 (18/5000M) due to radio interference with Jodrell Bank Observatory.
  5. We note that the owners are operating a similar venue called ‘The Colony’ in Wilmslow andhave now applied for retrospective permission for use as a wedding venue (19/3302M). It appears that a similar unsatisfactory approach is being pursued in this case.
  6. ‘The Colony’ events have been the subject of a number of complaints by residents due to noise nuisance, in one case the staff have had to threaten guests with calling the police in order to stop the noise. The proposed approach of keeping doors and windows closed has not worked in hot weather when guests have opened doors and windows.
  7. We are concerned that Goostrey residents living close to Blackden Manor, particularly those near Goostrey Station will be affected by noise nuisance from similar commercial events at the Manor. Goostrey houses are less than 300m from the site and complaints about noise from The Colony have been received from residents 700m away, which would reach into Goostrey village at Church Bank.
  1. Blackden Manor lies within the ‘Inner Consultation Zone’ for the Jodrell Bank Observatoryand within the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Buffer Zone’. We are concerned that emissionsfrom LED lighting, computers, mobile phones and a range of other electronic devices in the proposed extension in this application will damage JBO’s operations, both for residential use and as “Cheshire’s Premier Wedding and Events Venue”.
  2. Overall GPC submit that this application should be refused as it is clearly intended for a purpose other than that stated in the application. If it is approved, then it should be restricted to residential use only.

Attachments below:

Equestrian plans refused near Swanwick Hall

Cheshire East has refused planning for a stable block and ménage near Swanwick Hall in an effort to preserve the setting of Grade II-listed building. Link: 19/1653C

Cheshire East Council’s southern planning committee agreed with planning officers on Wednesday that a proposed new equestrian business on land near Swanwick Hall, off Booth Bed Lane, would harm the building’s setting.

It comes three years after the Government upheld a CEC decision not to allow 119 new homes on the land due to its proximity to Swanwick Hall – and officers felt any social benefits to the new equestrian business would not outweigh its harm to the site.

Cllr Ken Morris, chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, said: “CEC has already spent a lot of time and money protecting the fields in this location and there have been a whole series of refusals. Any public benefits would be very small – there are already established commercial liveries and menages operating in Goostrey.” [ The PC supported the Heritage Officer’s report which said….] “There would be an unacceptable impact and a harmful precedent for development in these fields.”

Cllr Morris added that the road leading to the site is too narrow for pedestrians to stand aside while wide vehicles pass by. That was a concern shared by Cllr Andrew Kolker, who suggested there is ‘just nowhere to leap to’ away from oncoming traffic.

The Conservative CEC member for Dane Valley also argued it is a ‘very sensitive area of land’ in light of the need to preserve Swanwick Hall. Cllr Kolker said: “I would be very nervous about challenging a decision that has been considered, not only by a planning inspector, but reaffirmed by the Secretary of State.”

But Andy Woodward, representing the developer, insisted the scheme would not cause harm to Swanwick Hall – pointing out that the Government’s decision was based on a major housing development. He said: “Surely a small equestrian business like this cannot possibly be viewed in a similar way as a housing estate? The hall is over 250m away from the gate, the grass track and the stables. The hall can’t be seen from any of those positions – so the hall can’t see them either.”

Cllr Kathryn Flavell, Labour, agreed with Mr Woodward – and suggested the business would be a ‘good use of the land’.

The scheme was narrowly rejected by six votes to five.

Knutsford Guardian

Red Lion apply to turn barn into dwelling

The Red Lion have applied for the conversion of their existing barn behind the pub into a dwelling (this is in fact a re-submission of application 09/4142C which was approved in March 2010).

(link to planning page: 19/2543C)  Comments should be submitted to Cheshire East by the 1st July 2019.

Mount Pleasant buildings demolition

“Mount Pleasant Caravan Park….Prior notification of proposed demolition of 60 and 60A Main Road”

Comments re the demolition of the existing buildings at Mount Pleasant to make way for 9 extra park homes should be made to Cheshire East by 1st July. (link to planning page 19/2777C).

Work is scheduled to start on 1st September 2019 at Mount Pleasant Residential Park – some residents may recall it once being a petrol station and Mrs Bates’ cafe and farmhouse.

View from the road.
Google Earth

Curiously, the Application for Tingdene Parks Ltd states that the site cannot be viewed from the road nor is next to a public right of way.  I would suggest otherwise!

 

 

 

Application for wedding venue at Blackden Manor

Updated* The current version of the application now only includes the main Manor house and large glass extension with 3-bay garage.

Mr & Mrs Kershaw’s new application for their Grade ll listed Blackden Manor seeks to create a separate wedding venue with 10 bedrooms as well as a large extension to the main house.  (For info their other interests The Colony Group  includes luxurious office space/wedding venue etc near the airport)

Link to planning page for details: 19/2427C.  Comments are due by 5th Sept – to be decided by delegated authority rather than committee.

Wedding venue

The Grade ll manor house, to the east of the railway station, is currently being renovated/modernised.  This latest application points to the costs being offset by revenue generated from the creation of a separate wedding venue from the Grade ll cottage and adjacent farm building with glass extension:  “…The goal of the owners is to preserve the long term future of the estate but this cannot be at any cost. Consequently, the current proposals involve the renovation and extension of the listed farm building and East farm buildings to provide a wedding venue. This will then allow revue (sic) to be generated to fund the renovation of the ancillary buildings and fund the shortfall to the renovation and upkeep of the main house and surrounding estate.” Design & Access Statement 19/2427C.

The 2 outbuildings’ layouts suggest one for ceremonies and one for receptions (showing over 100 guests) and providing 10 bedrooms, although car parking doesn’t appear on the drawings.

Surely such a venture could lead to on-going noise and traffic issues locally, however no neighbours are being notified by CEC about the application!  Jodrell Bank Observatory are, of course, listed as a consultee.

Manor house extension

The Grade ll manor house is already a sizeable 7 bedroomed building but a very large glass extension is now proposed to the rear of the main house. “The current owners have acquired the estate with the intention of making it a family home. This involves extensive restoration to the existing buildings and estate in order to extend its life and make it suitable for use as a home to cater for the ongoing needs of their family and to ensure it reaches the standards expected of the size and stature of the house and estate.   ……..an extension is required to create a plan that works for the family…”

Recent alterations/renovations were approved on application 19/1324C.

 

Blackden manor proposed extension

 

Blackden Manor with proposed rear glass extension

Permitted development on Mount Pleasant?

Interestingly, Tingdene Parks Ltd are hoping to add nine additional homes at Mount Pleasant Park under ‘permitted development’ through planning permission granted in the 1990’s.

This new proposal follows being refused permission for the demolition of 60 & 60a Main Road & garage blocks for 9 park homes in January 2019 (with objection from JBO).

Last day for submitting comments: 24th April 2019.

Link to Planning Application page :  19/1524M