Outline planning has been refused for 8 houses on the site of The Grange stables and menage off Station Road. Goostrey PC voted to object and Jodrell Bank Observatory had strongly opposed the proposal.
Link to application: 18/4079C
The reasons for refusal are as follows:
- The Local Planning Authority considers that the proposed development would introduce a suburban, residential development (by virtue of the scale massing layout of the proposed dwellings) in this rural area which would not preserve or enhance the character of the locality. It is considered that a residential scheme in this location would not be acceptable in terms of its landscape and visual impact and would lead to an unacceptable form of development within the Open Countryside
- The proposed development would impair the efficiency of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope which is an internationally important scientific facility.
The planning officer made the following observations:
“In any event it is not considered that the fundamental principle of the replacement of the existing buildings with two storey dwellings (as proposed) would preserve or enhance the character of the area and that the proposed development would have a significant negative impact on the Open Countryside and area. The existing equine use is considered to be appropriate to the character of the area and it is considered that the form/layout of the proposed residential development would assist to erode the landscape character of the area”
“Given the local character of the area, the impact on the landscape and the impact on Jodrell Bank it is not considered that the redevelopment of the application site to a residential use represents sustainable development as detailed within this report.” Link to full officer’s report.