We are pleased to announce that through the tireless work of the Committee, sub-groups, Parish and Ward Councillors, plus the Community who took time to submit objections, that the Wychwood Village/Gorstyhill site is not on the list of approved strategic sites within the draft Cheshire East Local Plan. The plan is however subject to adjustment and change before the point of ratification, through an examination in public which we expect to be in the Spring of 2014.
Whilst this is of course fantastic news, we must not lose sight of this only being the first stage of a much larger battle. During a meeting between our chairman/vice and Mr Peter Hunt’s (Haddon Property Developments Ltd) representatives, we were informed that they intend on submitting a separate planning application in the coming months for the full 900+ homes, irrespective of the local plan decision. It is their opinion that the local plan is not robust enough and that the land is developable.
It is essential that we build upon the growing community spirit we have, and are ready to fight again when the time comes. We must support the local plan and vote for its adoption – we will hold another meeting in the Village Hall within the next few weeks to go through the next steps and time frame between now and full adoption.
It’s not over until it’s over – and that won’t be until the golf club re-opens. Time to celebrate now, but be ready to fight again soon; apathy is not an option!