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Wychwood Community Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) – 24th April 2016 – Minutes

Please find minutes from 2016 AGM – thank you to those that attended.

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Wychwood Community Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) – 24th April 2016

This is formal notification of the AGM for the Wychwood Community Group, which will take place on Sunday 24th April 2016 at 4pm in the Wychwood Village Hall. The agenda of the meeting can be found here.

If there are any other nominations for the Officers or anyone would be prepared to join the Committee then please respond to the mail address agm [at] wychwoodvillage.co.uk.

All proposals / nominations will be voted upon at the AGM in line with the content of our constitution.

Following the formal part of the meeting, the new Committee will take part in an open forum to discuss matters relating to the proposed development of 900 homes and services.

I look forward to seeing you all there to endorse a new Committee and continue the fight to stop any development in our wonderful neighbourhood into 2016 and beyond.


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Chairman’s Statement – 3rd April 2016

Dear Community Members,

I hope you have all had a good Easter and are looking forward to the Spring and Summer and enjoying the beautiful countryside around us. Firstly my apologies that I have not written to you recently, but I have been awaiting further information from Cheshire East on the Local Plan and the Planning Application. Some of which has now been provided. I am also able to announce the date of this year’s AGM.

Local Plan

Cheshire East Council have recently published their Local Plan for another consultation which finishes on 19th April 2016; allowing members of the public and interested Groups the opportunity to comment on the proposed plan the council are looking to adopt through until 2030.

Fortunately, the site of Gorstyhill has again been confirmed by the council as “not appropriate” for development and is noted in the Local Plan as a “non-preferred site”. This is great news, but isn’t where the battle ends for us, and your support is still needed to oppose this threat to our Community.

Having noted that there is no way to officially support the local plan through the consultation we have spoken to Cheshire East and they have suggested a way for us as a Group to add our support to the Local Plan.

A single Wychwood Community Group comment is all that is required at the moment so there is no need for any of you to add any comments as the Committee will be doing this on your behalf, in consultation with the Weston and Basford Parish Council. By taking this approach, based upon guidance given, it will allow the Group a stronger possibility for a seat at the table with the Government inspector and planners to discuss the local plan and on particular sites. When this opportunity is made available to us, we can reinforce our message in front of the Government Inspector not to include our site in any ongoing housing planning.

The information regarding the Gorsty Hill “non-preferred site” can be found here:

http://cheshireeast-consult.limehouse.co.uk/file/3481226

In addition, through the tireless work of Cllr Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council are also going to continue to review the ‘green gap’ allocation to the south of the borough, ensuring no further urban sprawl and avoiding any further developments bordering the neighbouring counties.

Planning Application for Gorstyhill Golf Course

Remember that the owner of the golf course submitted the planning application late in 2014, and although we are hoping to soon formally review this at a forthcoming Strategic Planning Board, the continued adoption of the Local Plan could be a major additional protection and is why we are lending our “support” to it at this stage through the consultation process. We are continuing to urge Cheshire East to bring this before Strategic Planning, but a date for this is still not as yet forthcoming.

AGM

We will be further discussing these matters at the Community Group AGM on Sunday 24th April 2016 at 4:00pm in the Wychwood Village Hall. A further notice on the precise details of this will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, where as well as the formal AGM we will also look to have a Q & A session, hopefully with other interested parties that can add some further detail.

Remember, we’ve only got this far through the continued support of residents, locals and ex-golf club members, so please continue to help us fight off this unwanted development and continue to support the Community Group Committee that has now been working on this for over 3 years.

Trevor Sandry
Chairman