Heritage group warns town it must 'wake up' to the realisation of Local Plan

Heritage group warns town it must 'wake up' to the realisation of Local Plan

Heritage group warns town it must 'wake up' to the realisation of Local Plan

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , News Editor

KNUTSFORD’S only heritage group believes the town’s residents need to ‘wake up’ to the proposed developments that have been identified in the borough council-led local plan.

Knutsford Conservation and Heritage Group was formed in July 2010 by volunteers and councillors after the Knutsford Civic Society was wound up.

The group was the brainchild of Clr Stewart Gardiner – who is no longer involved – after he said ‘like-minded people’ needed to speak with Cheshire East Council planners to ensure Knutsford’s historical features were preserved.

Since its inception the group has offered its opinion on planning applications across the town.

But the group – which has 25 members – is now urging the town to be aware of the proposals for Knutsford that have been released in borough’s widely publicised Local Plan.

The authority proposes to build a total of 650 homes but residents will have one last chance to comment on the plans in the final round of consultation, which is due to take place in the Spring.

Chairman Ken Rhodes told the Guardian: “We are aghast at the extent of the development proposed in Knutsford.

“When people are soon asked again for their comments on the Cheshire East Local Plan, that is the opportunity to express their opinions. If Knutsford and its green belt are valued, we need to say so.”

The group added it did not believe the proposals put forward by the Tatton Estate – and featured in the Guardian – recognise that Knutsford is a ‘special case’ because of its heritage.

“We are people who are concerned about Knutsford’s heritage,” Ken added.

“Knutsford is a special place and we want to improve and enhance it. We recognise there is a need for development but it has to be appropriate.”

Paul Webster, joint vice-chairman of the group, added: “It’s a case of wake up Knutsford.

“The future of the town is at risk here. The council leader Michael Jones has said Knutsford is a special case and we need to have some recognition of that.”

What do you think about the plans for Knutsford? Email the newsdesk to yourview@guardiangrp.co.uk.

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4:26pm Tue 28 Jan 14

KnutsfordTown says...

Yes it is a special case - house prices are higher that anywhere else, less houses have been built over decades and less are proposed that anywhere else! #housingcrisis #homesforpeople
Yes it is a special case - house prices are higher that anywhere else, less houses have been built over decades and less are proposed that anywhere else! #housingcrisis #homesforpeople KnutsfordTown
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4:27pm Tue 28 Jan 14

KnutsfordTown says...

Yes Knutsford is a special case - house prices are higher than anywhere else, less houses have been built over decades and less are proposed that anywhere else! #housingcrisis #homesforpeople
Yes Knutsford is a special case - house prices are higher than anywhere else, less houses have been built over decades and less are proposed that anywhere else! #housingcrisis #homesforpeople KnutsfordTown
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9:11pm Tue 28 Jan 14

chatrouge says...

In order to enable people to comment more easily, it would be very helpful if the Knutsford Guardian could run a piece with active links to the relevant documents.

Has the Knutsford Conservation and Heritage Group got a Facebook page? Or any other social media presence?

I'm afraid I find phrases telling us that we need to 'wake up' are insulting. There are plenty of us who care about heritage and are willing to use our skills to make legitimate protests, but effective objections don't arise from alienating potential objectors by using negative language about them. I write as a successful campaigner at national level, by the way.
In order to enable people to comment more easily, it would be very helpful if the Knutsford Guardian could run a piece with active links to the relevant documents. Has the Knutsford Conservation and Heritage Group got a Facebook page? Or any other social media presence? I'm afraid I find phrases telling us that we need to 'wake up' are insulting. There are plenty of us who care about heritage and are willing to use our skills to make legitimate protests, but effective objections don't arise from alienating potential objectors by using negative language about them. I write as a successful campaigner at national level, by the way. chatrouge
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8:10am Thu 30 Jan 14

Betrayed Greenbelt resident . says...

I have no objection to extra housing as long as the brown field sites are used up first and the infrastructure is put into place. first.. Taking prime farm land presently being farmed is just not on. How can land deemed to be unsuitable for housing suddenly become ideal.
I have no objection to extra housing as long as the brown field sites are used up first and the infrastructure is put into place. first.. Taking prime farm land presently being farmed is just not on. How can land deemed to be unsuitable for housing suddenly become ideal. Betrayed Greenbelt resident .
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