Hermitage Lane action group Update

LoveGoostrey has received the following summary from the Hermitage Lane and Nether Lea Action Group:

·       The Planning Inspector has agreed with Cheshire East that this Appeal should be heard by Inquiry. No date has been fixed for the Inquiry as yet but November / December 2015 has been proposed.

·       A copy of the Applicant’s “Statement of Case” and other documents relating to the Appeal can be viewed on the Cheshire East Planning website under 14/1964. 

·       The Applicant’s “Statement of Case” does not include anything that we were not expecting.  The Planning Application (14/1964) to which this Appeal refers was refused on the grounds of:

o       Five year housing supply.  This is the subject of ongoing debate.

o       The proposed site is open countryside and there are no grounds to extend the Village settlement boundary.  This is still true today although the Applicant has put forward an argument for extending the Village settlement boundary in the absence of a five year housing supply.

o       Impact on the operations of Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO).  The Applicant is challenging the impact on JBO on the basis of an Appeal decision in January 2013 relating to a site at Twemlow which overturned a Planning Application refusal.  The status and importance of JBO on a local, national and worldwide level has increased substantially since that Appeal decision in January 2013. Also, JBO is in receipt of substantial Government funding to progress its current and future projects.  Cheshire East has confirmed that they are in dialogue with JBO regarding the Appeal.

Cheshire East Planning has sent a notice of the Appeal to everyone who commented on Planning Application 14/1964. As stated in this letter Cheshire East will forward all comments received on the Planning Application 14/1964 to the Planning Inspector. However, we would suggest that you also submit an individual comment to the Planning Inspector (the Planning Inspectorate calls this “representation”).   As an alternative to making comment by letter in triplicate as detailed in the notice of appeal letter, you can also submit comments online as follows:   

a.      Go to – http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/online/search

b.      Select “Appeal Search”

c.      Enter 3032678 in the top “Case Reference” box and hit search at the bottom of the screen. You should now see Summary Details of the Appeal. [or click here]

d.      Select “Make representation” in the top right hand corner

e.      Select “Interested Party / Person” and follow the screens / instructions from there.

Regardless of whether comment is made by letter in triplicate or online, it is important to note that the Planning Inspector will ONLY accept comments in a specific format. Your comments must therefore include the following:

a.      Your name and address.

b.      The Planning Inspectorate Appeal reference APP/R0660/W/15/3032678

c.      The address of the Appeal site – Land to the East of Hermitage Lane, Goostrey

d.      And commence either:

i.      “I am against the Appeal proposals for the same reasons as given by the L.P.A.”  You need say no more.  If a letter, sign and send. Note: L.P.A. = Cheshire East Planning

OR, if you have something new to add to the comments that you made on Planning Application 14/1964:

ii.     “I am against the Appeal proposals. My reasons are as follows” and explain the reasons, in as much detail as you want.

The closing date for comment is 28th August 2015.

We will be undertaking a Village maildrop over the next few weeks.  It is important to stress to the whole Village that, if this Appeal is allowed, it will set a dangerous precedent for other current and future Planning Applications and any future Appeals. The future of Goostrey as a Village is under severe threat. We are therefore seeking support from across the Village to oppose this Appeal.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Martin Brown, 2 Nether Lea

Malcolm Ross, 3 Nether Lea

Caroline Goodchild, Marbrook House, Hermitage Lane

Hermitage Lane and Nether Lea Action Group.


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    It will be Jodrell Bank’s first test of their new evidence undertaken since the Twemlow appeal. We should ask that any impact should be assessed as a cumulative impact of all the proposed developments in the village. Suggest we include this in our response to the planning inspector.

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