Dromedary by Mt Pleasant Park

14/1147C  outline planning application by  HOW Planning  for 25 houses next to Mount Pleasant Residential Park.    ‘Land to south of Main Road’

Refused: Wednesday 17th Dec 2014. Refusal recommendation,   Additional document.

The planning application for 25 houses on the fields behind Mount Pleasant has been refused by the Southern Planning Committee.  The committee followed the planning officer’s recommendation and decided that it would represent an unsustainable form of development in the planning balance: due to the adverse impact on Jodrell Bank Observatory as well as impact on the landscape.
Professor Garrington addressed the committee on the cumulative nature of the impact of all the proposed housing in Goostrey on the telescope, even stating that their research on pulsars has already been affected by interference.  The committee were very influenced by his arguments against further development.
The second reason was hotly debated – sustainability and the landscape impact of the proposal – however the planning committee decided to refuse on the additional grounds of landscape, with the impact on the public footpath being highlighted.

The objectors also had very good support from Councillors Peter Godfrey and Andrew Kolker.

DromedaryLodge/Mt Pleasant application raised concerns with JBO, leading them to object: “Our analysis indicates that developments of this size do constitute a significant increase in potential interference and we have raised this concern with senior planners at Cheshire East.” Acknowledging other applications in the village they “also consider the cumulative effect of these increases in the potential to cause harmful interference to our scientific observations”.



Objector’s group flyer:    Mount_Pleasant_Objection_Leaflet

A pre-submission Public Exhibition was held on Wed 29th January at the Village Hall 1630 to 1930.  

LoveGoostrey has been asked to publish the following notice by objectors to the proposal:

Information to help you register your objection before 11th June!

NEW Housing Application next to Mount Pleasant Park, Main Road.

Important: Planning information that will affect you, and our village!



What’s happened?

You may recall a consultation evening held in the Village Hall on 29th January, where HOW Planning displayed their clients proposal for 25 new houses on the field on Dromedary Lane, next to Mount Pleasant. That evening, with an excellent turnout from concerned residents, developers were left in no uncertain terms that their plans for housing on this site were not welcomed, nor appropriate.

Regrettably, they have decided to continue to progress their plans anyway and have now submitted formal plans for planning permission.

What can you do?

With our village currently under constant attack by predatory developers, this submission further adds to the need for Goostrey residents to be united in saying “NO” to this planning application. The impact would be felt village wide and result in the loss of OUR open countryside. Please take a few minutes to help protect our village and register you objection to this unnecessary development. Cheshire East may agree Goostrey does not need any more new housing, but until their plan is accepted by central Government, we are still at risk!

Now it is the time to act and register your objection to the plans – the deadline for this is 11h June.

NOTE: Goostrey Parish Council met on 17th May and will also be objecting to this application.

How do I register my objection?

The best way is either online via Cheshire East planning –  http://planning.cheshireeast.gov.uk

Select the planning application, using reference 14/1147C, and then “comment on this application”

If you prefer to write, your letter needs to quote reference 14/1147C and include your home address. Correspondence should be sent to: Head of Planning and Housing, Development Management, Town Hall, Macclesfield SK10 1DP

Due to the nature of the system, only written forms of objections count: either online or via post.

What reasons should I give for my objection?

All reasons have to be objective. Here are some you may wish to consider, please use as you require:

  • The site is a field in OPEN countryside, is used and classed as agricultural land, and its development is NOT in accordance with Cheshire East Emerging Local Plan.
  • Cheshire East has confirmed that it has a five year housing supply already, and this additional development is not required.
  • Cheshire East have also confirmed that no more site allocations are required in Goostrey or Holmes Chapel as sufficient numbers have already been built or have permission already.


  • Affordable housing already built in the last two years remains currently unsold.
  • The application allows for 2 cars per household – or 50 extra cars plus extra traffic. Dromedary Lane and Main Road are not suitable for increased traffic, and is already the subject of near misses not to mention a busy walking route for schoolchildren.
  • Jodrell Bank has repeatedly expressed concern over the gradual impact of development within their consultation area. Majority of key services also fall outside of recommendations.
  • The design and type of housing is not in keeping with the area, and developing the currently agricultural site will ruin a much loved public footpath that provides immediate access to our unspoilt Cheshire countryside.



Andrew Lintell, Dromedary Lodge                                              andrew.lintell@gmail.com

Jane Stubbs, The Old Barley House, 66 Main Rd                    jes66uk@aol.com 

Brian and Phyllis Philipson, The Old Shippon, 64 Main Rd brian.phyllis@btinternet.com


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