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.   …… 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

CEC to review Sand Quarry on 27th

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

Sand Quarry 8th Jan

Decision date 8th Jan


Changes to Nether Lea proposal

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.

revised Netherlea

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.

Glamping site and extra park homes refused

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.

Old Vicarage (Fairfields) extension proposal

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.

Fairfields proposal

Fairfields house


Mill Bank Farm Grade ll barn urgent repairs

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.”