Kent villagers reclaim their status in planning battle

The residents of a village that was reclassified as a town by the borough council so thousands more homes could be built in the area have forced the council to reverse its decision.  But Hawkhurst, Kent struck a deal in a 3 year battle allowing planners to build 240 homes on the condition that it is returned to its village status, preventing developers from “riding roughshod” over their area in the future.

read the Daily Telegraph article by Victoria Ward.

Cheshire East Leader, Michael Jones, recently met Goostrey PC to discuss the possibility of changing Goostrey’s incorrect status from a Local Service Centre to being a Sustainable Village.  It appears the main reason is because Goostrey has a railway station, councillors reported at last night’s parish meeting, and Cheshire East would be reluctant to change it as developers could challenge them.  Residents will have the chance to question Michael Jones (at Goostrey’s Annual Parish Council on 23rd April) as to how Goostrey was wrongly classified – based on the CEC Local Plan selection process.

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