Gladman Developments proposed 119 houses on the field by Shear Brook in the middle of the village, north of Main Road. The application was refused but Gladman appealed.
The Inquiry, open to the public, ran from Tuesday 17th May 2016 ending on 25th May 2016 at The Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow. CEC engaged Mr Christopher Katkowski QC and Goostrey PC engaged barister John Hunter. Documents relating to the case can be read on the CEC 14/5579C planning page.
The Planning Inspector submitted his report/recommendation to the Secretary of State DCLG (Sajid Javid MP) on 22nd August 2016 for his determination. The Planning Inspectorate website states that a final decision will be taken by Mr Javid “on or before” 24th November 2016.
Reports of the Appeal proceedings can be read on LoveGoostrey as follows:
Jodrell Bank concerns halt Cheshire housing scheme:
(Planning Portal. 1/12/16)
Javid refuses appeal for 119 homes in Cheshire, highlighting the harm to the efficiency of the radio telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory as critical in his decision…
The threat of interference to the operations of nearby Jodrell Bank Observatory proved crucial in the dismissal of an appeal by Gladman Developments over its proposals to build 119 homes on a seven-hectare site off Main Road in Goostrey, Cheshire.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, rejected the proposal in line with the recommendation of the planning inspector who held the recovered appeal. The scheme had earlier been rejected by Cheshire East Council.
In his decision letter the Secretary State agreed that “there would at least be some additional interference resulting from the proposed development”.
Javid acknowledged that the council had a housing land supply shortfall. That, though, was “a local issue”.
The decision letter added: “Jodrell Bank Observatory is a facility of international importance, such that its protection from the identified harm transcends the current housing land supply circumstances. He considers that the harm to the efficiency of the radio telescope carries substantial weight against the proposal.”
Commenting on the North West Place website, Gary Halman, managing director of HOW Planning said: “The appeal was dismissed by the SoS despite the lack of a five year supply of houses, which elsewhere in the borough has generally been enough to win permission on many greenfield sites.
“Here however the circumstances were very specific, as this is a site within the consultation zone for Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope and the impact of new homes on the efficiency of this world class radio astronomy facility was a critical issue.
“It can’t be read as sterilising all development in towns where growth is planned and needed. But it will certainly be an added hurdle to overcome and the onus will be firmly on developers and applicants to demonstrate their proposals are acceptable where these lie within the zone, and where Jodrell Bank’s influence is now all the more powerful.”
Details of the appeal inquiry: Inquiry Ref 3129954
Proofs of Evidence from Goostrey Parish Council .