Hermitage Lane/Nether Lea 12

The application’s revised indicative layout now shows that 13 homes are proposed by Crabtree Homes Ltd for land to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea. (see new layout below).  The mound to the east has been removed.

revised Netherlea

Proposal Feb 2019 now shows an extra dwelling and no mound

The decision by delegated authority on Outline Planning has been moved to the end of March 2019.  Goostrey PC have objected to both versions:  objection link.

Link to application:  18/4980C

Old layout of 12 homes proposed behind Nether Lea 18/4980C








“This application seeks to secure outline planning permission for residential development, with all matters reserved for future consideration, apart from access and layout. The detailed matters of scale, external appearance and landscaping are reserved for consideration through future applications.” Crabtree Homes planning statement


Jodrell Bank Observatory have objected to the proposal and were 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application for 26 homes at this location (Ashalls submitted a different proposal in 2014 – 14/1964C ; refused and then withdrawn before appeal) however the new developer had initially included a ‘bund’ (mound) to the east in the hope that it might help block interference from JBO – higher than the houses.

It is not clear how effective that would be and details of its height are not included – but …would diffraction be an issue anyway?

The development will create 12 new dwellings with associated public open space , which provides a choice of housing to meet the needs of the area, whilst respecting and enhancing the site’s environmental assets. This will be achieved through the provision of 9 market houses and 3 affordable homes . Housing will be set within a robust green infrastructure, which will include existing mature trees and hedgerows. It will also include a permanent earth bund to the east side of the site which will help to block any interference to Jodrell Bank. 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.