Wychwood Community Group

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

Chairman’s Statement – 18th August 2016

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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/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=279&MId=6147

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

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