PLANS for a new housing estate in Goostrey have caused anger among parish councillors and residents after a mix-up over the site’s address.
The estate of S H Darlington, of Chelford Road, Somerford, has submitted plans to build 26 homes on the 22sqm plot of land to the east of Hermitage Lane and south of the Nether Lea estate in the village.
In the planning statement, architects Jay Ashall Associates, said the site ‘is a tightly defined corner plot nestled between existing houses’.
The site, part of the Peasant Farm estate, was refused planning application in the 1970s but in 1977 the neighbouring Nether Lea was site was granted permission following an appeal.
The statement also adds that a pre-application enquiry for the development was submitted in March 2013 but the response from that enquiry was that due to Cheshire East Council’s five year housing land supply, the site was deemed inappropriate due to its location within open countryside.
However, due to recent controversial planning appeals in Nantwich, Sandbach and Alsager, which resulted in the council’s five year housing land supply not being proven, the landowners have decided to submit the application anyway citing the need for new homes in the borough.
The statement added: “The design carefully considers the location of the site in terms of providing a highly accessible residential development on a tightly defined plot, the density of the development in terms of the amount of houses that will comfortably fit on the site and the proposed layout of the development in order to provide useable public open amenity space and suitable car parking provision.”
But the plans on Cheshire East Council’s planning portal have a Cranage address and as such the plans were sent to the wrong parish council leaving Goostrey councillors and villagers angry that they have lost time to consider and comment on the application.
Clr Cath McCubbin, chair of Goostrey Parish Council, said as a result of the error councillors had yet to see the drawings.
“It stated Cranage on the plans so they were sent to Cranage Parish Council instead of Goostrey,” she said.
Sharon Jones, parish clerk at Goostrey, added the comments period had been extended as a result so villagers could have chance to have their say.
“We cannot comment until we have looked closely at the plans and discussed them,” she added.
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