Cheshire East at odds with Inspector

Although the Planning Inspector indicated in his decision on April 11th of the Elworth Hall (Sandbach) appeal that Cheshire East did not have a 5 year housing supply, Cheshire East state that events have moved on since the date of the appeal in January.  Presumably that means more developments have received planning since CE announced the 5 yr housing supply on Jan28th – but they will clarify the up to date position shortly after Easter. We will keep you posted.

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    So, despite all of the positive messages on Love Goostrey and from Michael Jones regarding the robustness of Cheshire East’s five year housing supply, it all amounts to ……………………………. nothing.

    If nothing changes we can look forward to the development of the Chicken Farm and Hermitage Lane probably followed by Mount Pleasant and The Grange plus other sites.

    If Cheshire East is serious about their statements in the Local Plan regarding Goostrey and Jodrell Bank two things need to happen and quickly:

    1. Residents, led by Fiona Bruce, must ensure that Michael Jones and Cheshire East fight the next planning appeal to the bitter end regardless of cost. Giving up on hearing the word “Appeal” is not an option. Developers are not stupid and they all know that the door is now wide open.

    2. Jodrell Bank must stop thinking about pulsars and quasars for a time and get themselves firmly in the centre of the Planning Appeals process with the Planning Inspectorate. They obviously have friends in high places in Government and they need them now to ensure that the case for Jodrell Bank is clearly and logically heard in the Appeals process. If not any thoughts of World Heritage Status must be in severe doubt.

    In the current climate if I was the owner of Mount Pleasant, The Grange or any other site under consideration for development in Goostrey I would be down to the Planning Office today as they have an odds-on chance of a successful outcome.

    The Planning Inspectorate is clearly not impartial and they are implementing the Government’s desire for as many houses as possible to be built anywhere regardless of any national or local considerations, concerns or objections.

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    We have spoken to CE and they are confident they have a 5 year housing supply and they will confirm this after Easter. The problem seems to be that the Elworth Appeal came at the same time that CE were finalising their 5 year supply. Things have moved on in the last 3 months since the appeal was heard.

    If there is no 5 year housing supply then any site will be fair game.

    From the Elworth Hall appeal it is clear any site that is put forward for development will be passed unless it can be demonstrated that it would cause unacceptable harm. This for most cases will be difficult to prove, apart from sites like Hermitage Lane where Jodrell Bank have objected. The harm being to Jodrell Bank. The difficulty is that it is hard for JBO to demonstrate at appeal how any one site will cause them harm or damage the efficiency of the telescope. We saw this with the Twemlow development. It is unrestricted development around them that will cause the harm. Hence we were arguing for an exclusion zone and very restricted development in Goostrey.

    If there is a 5 year housing supply then the Local Plan kicks in which confirms development will be mainly in Holmes Chapel. Even though we are a LSC, we have confirmed that there are already 60 houses with planning permission in the Goostrey LSC area since 2010 and hence no further site allocations are required. Our CE councillors stated we were correct and even Adrian Fisher reluctantly agrees that no site allocations for Goostrey is an option.

    It is this position that we all need to push and help keep Goostrey, well Goostrey for everyone.

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