Local Service Centres

“Local Service Centres provide a range of services and facilities which help meet the needs of local people, including those living in nearby settlements.”  As Holmes Chapel is classified as a Local Service Centre LoveGoostrey considers that it provides those services and facilities to the nearby settlements of Cranage, Twemlow, Swettenham and Goostrey.

LoveGoostrey believes that Goostrey has been wrongly classed as a Local Service Centre (LSC) which could bring a higher level of development than a Sustainable Village.   Cheshire East Council has considered Goostrey to include several villages in its population assessment of over 3700: Cranage, Twemlow and Swettenham as well as Rudheath Woods (which is in Allostock, Cheshire West !), whereas in reality we are separate villages. We believe that Goostrey should have been discounted as an LSC due to its lower population, poor ‘essential services’ and proximity to Holmes Chapel – as other villages were discounted;  see the population and proximity figures in LoveGoostrey‘s detailed chart.   We are not opposed to development of the village, but that it should be done sensitively to maintain our village community.

The following is taken from the Cheshire East LOCAL PLAN consultation website – and will link to it:

A development Strategy for jobs and sustainable communities:  Settlement Hierarchy and Spatial Distribution

Local Service Centres (you are able to read comments already made through this link)

5.75 The Local Service Centres of Alderley Edge, Audlem, Bollington, Bunbury, Chelford, Disley, Goostrey, Haslington, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley, Prestbury, Shavington and Wrenbury provide a range of services and facilities which help meet the needs of local people, including those living in nearby settlements. Each has a primary school and, in the case of Holmes Chapel and Shavington, a secondary school: Alderley Edge has one private girls secondary school. In many cases they also have a range of shops, health and leisure facilities, and employment opportunities. New development is required to meet local needs and help retain services and facilities so that residents can continue to enjoy these benefits and reduce the need to travel elsewhere.

Statement vision for Local Service Centres

Vision for Local Service Centres

Within the Local Service Centres of Alderley Edge, Audlem, Bollington, Bunbury, Chelford, Disley, Goostrey, Haslington, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley, Prestbury, Shavington and Wrenbury,  some modest growth in housing and employment will have taken place to meet local needs, to reduce the level of out-commuting and to secure their continuing vitality. This may require small scale alterations to the Green Belt in some circumstances.

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