Wychwood Community Group

Working as a community to stop the development of 900 homes and re-open the Gorstyhill golf course

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Chairman’s Statement – Strategic Planning Board – 24th August 2016

Having attended the Cheshire East Strategic Planning Board this afternoon I am delighted to announce that the planning application for 900 houses was UNANIMOUSLY REFUSED. This is a significant battle to have won, although we are still a long way from the finish. Haddon have already moved the application on to appeal, but a unanimous refusal is a strong statement, and it was reiterated by the Councillors that there must be robust reasoning behind this and that the officers have to ensure all key aspects are covered.

I would like to thank all of the Committee although especially the Vice Chairman Andy Bailey who spoke against the application today, and also John Cornell from the Parish Council whose passionate speeches helped to win the day. Many thanks also to Councillor Steve Edgar who spoke on behalf of Janet Clowes.

I must also thank those residents who came along to support the piece that North West Tonight are running, which should be hitting our screens at 18:30 tonight on BBC1, and hopefully includes interviews with myself and other residents.

The next key decision point for us is related to the S106 Variation that Haddon have applied for and I am optimistic that Cheshire East will be refusing this shortly too.

There is still a lot of work to do in fighting the application, and the next major event is the resumption of the Local Plan Examination in Public and Andy and I will be attending key sessions of that too.

In terms of the appeal enquiry into the specific application for 900 houses, we do not know a date for this as yet, but suspect it may well be in early 2017, and there is lots of evidence gathering to be done before then, although it is still strongly advised that we procure Legal representation for that event, which requires further fund raising.

It is time to reflect in this victory and to move ahead to what will no doubt be bigger battles to come, but we are on a roll.

Many thanks again for all your continued support.

Trevor Sandry – Chairman

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Chairman’s Statement – 18th August 2016

As some of you will have seen, the Haddon Planning Application for 900 houses is finally to be reviewed by Cheshire East’s Strategic Planning Board on Wednesday 24th August.


http://moderngov.cheshireeast.gov.uk/ecminutes/documents/s49498/14%205671N.pdf (it is certainly worth taking the time to read this document to bring yourself up to speed with this condensed summary)

The planning department has proposed refusal of the application and I am very hopeful that the Strategic Planning Team will support this refusal. The application has already been pushed to appeal by Haddon but refusal by CE, with strong and robust reasoning strengthens our case.

The meeting is open to all to attend and anyone wishing to speak in support of the rejection has to register to do so. Andy Bailey and I, as well as the Parish Council will be speaking, and we will cover all points that either CE have not mentioned or have not mentioned forcibly enough.

Time is limited at these sessions and it is likely that CE could reject any further requests for speakers, so I would ask that if you do have pertinent points please let me know via reply email and Andy and I can ensure they are voiced.

Being heard, and hopefully rejected, at Strategic Planning is something the Committee and I have been requesting for some time and now is our opportunity to do so.

I am also expecting CE to review the Haddon request for Variation of the S106 this week under Delegated Authority and as soon as I have any further news on that I will let you know.

Getting the application rejected next week would be a significant victory in our fight to defeat Haddon and whilst very much not the end of the War it would significantly help our cause in stopping this speculative and non-sustainable application from a landowner with no vested interest (bar lining his own pockets) in the location or the people that live here.

I will update on progress and the result as soon as I know it.

As always your support makes the many hours of effort that your Committee puts in all worthwhile.

Trevor Sandry – Chairman