Parish council point to the Grange

​​At the start of last night’s meeting, Goostrey residents expressed their concern that Goostrey PC seemed to have already decided on the Grange site as their only preferred option with the way the Agenda had been written and without any public debate of the other sites put forward. GPC denied this was the case and read out the clause from the Parish Council rules which forbids pre-judgement.  GPC stated in their ‘village survey’ that the majority of votes for additional housing was for the Grange.  However only 104 votes were cast and there had been no flyer distribution to each household in the village, with the majority of votes cast from residents affected by the other development proposals in the village.

Parish council point to the Grange for Site Allocation

Despite input from Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO) Director Prof Simon Garrington, who attended this weeks GPC meeting, the parish council voted for the full housing allocation that Goostrey may have to take to be sited on greenfields at the Grange Livery fields to the east of the village.  There is currently a planning application for 26 houses behind Hermitage Lane and a further pre submission proposal for 25 for behind Mount Pleasant, but the council chose to put forward the full 50 house allocation for the Grange Livery fields to Cheshire East’s Site Allocations.

Not only did Prof Garrington inform the council that the Grange Livery site would be the largest and closest development ever proposed near the Observatory, but a single device at the site would exceed the recommended electromagnetic threshold’s at the observatory.  Residents’ comments to the recent Local Plan consultation pointing to their wish to have a spread of smaller numbers developments through the village was also ignored.  Goostrey PC stated they did not want to see small developments of big houses but felt that a rural feel of the village could be best maintained by a single large housing estate to the East of the village where the type of houses could be controlled .

Goostrey PC stated they could only review the information they already had and could not consider JBO’s representation. 

The Parish Council stated they had tried to engage with JBO in November last year but as JBO failed to reply they assumed JBO weren’t interested in engaging with the Site Allocations within Goostrey!  Prof Garrington apologized and stated he had not seen the email or missed calls and tended in the past to just deal with the Cheshire East planning department directly.  Prof Garrington offered to undertake an assessment of all the sites proposed with respect to the potential impact on the Lovell telescope which would take a few weeks to complete,  Goostrey PC stated they were unable to wait for this assessment as they wanted to comment on the Hermitage Lane site planning application , the deadline of which was due at the end of the week.  Goostrey PC stated they were still interested in receiving JBO’s assessment of the impact of additional houses on Jodrell Bank Observatory at the sites proposed and could re-consider at a later date.  GPC also stated that this decision today may not stand and may be over ruled by Cheshire East Council.

see JBO’s detailed consultation comments on the website.

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    The Parish council have had eighteen months minimum to formulate a plan based on residents preferences.They knew from other experience within Ches East that Goostrey would be subjected to multiple applications yet little was done apart from a rushed consultation and last minute public meetings. No infrastructure sustainability survey has been carried out,can the school cope,can the present health centre cope,can the local drainage system cope etc etc. The preference for the Grange is a poor decision which stretches the village away from the existing shops and must result in increased traffic entering the village from the East increasing the risk of a major accident on the narrow Railway Bridge. In defence of the Parish Council, the response from Jodrell Bank at the meeting gave the impression that they had become reluctantly involved and in fact were only concerned with”rogue appliances”

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      However Prof Garrington pointed out that the problem with ‘rogue appliances’ was that when housing development scales become large, e.g. 60 on The Grange, then the likelihood of such appliances increases. ​Their ‘reluctant involvement’ is because JBO usually only enters the debate at the formal planning stage much later in the process.
      However, given the scale and proximity of the proposed Grange site the seriousness of this threat to their operational effectiveness warranted their earlier engagement and they now ​accept that the role of Parish Councils is evolving, having more influence on planning decisions.

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    Thank you for your write up. I had not heard of, or seen any survey from the parish council in relation to developments, but I do live at the East end of the village next to the Grange. I have emailed the Parish Council after seeing your post and given them my view based on current information and asked for details of this survey if it is being used as a basis for decision making. We are clearly in danger of becoming a split village of East and West, though we should be sticking together to protect all green areas and institutions like Jodrell Bank and limiting the speed of new housing in the Village in line with previous discussions.

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    Hopefully Goostrey PC will now engage with JBO now we have managed to bring Professor Garrington into the debate. The Professor was saying that the problems with electromagnetic radiation tend to be from faulty household products and tools. He said that electromagnetic shielding of houses is not always that effective as its not always installed or installed properly. He stated a source at the Grange would result in unnacceptable levels of electromagnetic radiation at the Observatory. He also stated that a development at Mount Pleasant may also have a similar detrimental effect. He said the further away the development from JBO the better, and it also helps if the site is screened by existing buildings. Hopefully Goostrey PC will take him up on his offer to undertake an assessment of the effect on housing on these sites and confirm what level of housing (if any) is acceptable to JBO in Goostrey. I’m not surprised if he seemed reluctant, apparently it is the first time he has been to such a Parish Council meeting.

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