MP joins fight to block homes plan

The plans for homes off Hermitage Lane which residents and MP Fiona Bruce say they will fight

The plans for homes off Hermitage Lane which residents and MP Fiona Bruce say they will fight

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

ANGRY residents and their MP have said they will fight ‘continued plans’ to build houses in Goostrey.

Residents believe the proposals are ‘unsustainable’, will harm Jodrell Bank Observatory and will stretch the village’s infrastructure.

Goostrey currently has an application in to build 26 houses by Hermitage Lane – and this week HOW Planning put in an application to create 25 homes on land close to the Mount Pleasant estate.

These are on top of the 38 partially approved on the former chicken farm.

In two of the applications the developers have sighted Cheshire East Council’s much talked about failure to prove a five-year housing supply – but this is despite Goostrey having already fulfilled the required quota for the term of the borough’s Local Plan.

Residents are also concerned the homes will affect the operations at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Martin de Kretser told the Guardian: “Clr Les Gilbert announced at Goostrey’s AGM that there is sufficient permissions for houses already in Holmes Chapel to meet the needs for the Local Plan, and that no Site Allocations will therefore be required for Goostrey or Holmes Chapel in the forthcoming Site Allocation document.

“Therefore not only does Holmes Chapel and Goostrey have a ‘five-year housing supply’, they have sufficient permissions in place for the lifetime of the current Local Plan.

“We are concerned that Cheshire East and Cheshire West Council’s current planning policy are unintentionally eroding the Jodrell Bank Consultation zone which was set up around the Lovell telescope in 1974, and therefore threatening the future of the Lovell Telescope as a viable research instrument.

“Jodrell Bank lost its objection to the Twemlow development as Jodrell Bank couldn’t demonstrate how this development would reduce the efficiency of the Lovell Telescope.

“It appears that it is difficult for Jodrell Bank to demonstrate that any one development will cause them harm, it is the gradual increase in the number of houses around the Observatory that will cause them harm due the increase in radio interference.”

Fiona Bruce, MP for the village, told the Guardian she would be working closely with Jodrell Bank and Goostrey residents to fight proposals for the village.

“I’m standing with residents against further developments in and around Goostrey which would put wholly unsustainable pressure on local services and infrastructure,” she said.

“I have met very recently with both Goostrey Parish Council and a representative of Jodrell Bank to ensure I work closely and effectively which them to challenge such developments.”

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