We’ve just had news the Government’s Planning Inspector has Dismissed the planning appeal lodged by Argonaught Holdings to build on Ilford Way.
We’re still digesting the full details of the appeal with our legal team but it was pretty clear – the inspector agreed that the impact of aircraft noise on future residential occupiers living in this location would be unacceptable, and also that development of the Green Belt associated with the housing scheme and the residents living environment could not be outweighed by very special circumstances for such development. He also considered that the scheme would not constitute sustainable development in accordance with National Policy.
I’d like to thank again EVERYONE who was involved in the appeal from the village, in particular the residents who gave up a huge amount of their time and energy to give evidence to the inquiry, specifically:
- Helen Mountney Chair of Governors, Mobberley CE Primary School
- William Jamie Macrae CEC Ward Councillor and Local Resident
- Ian Norbury Parish Councillor and Local Resident
- Helene Evans Acoustic Consultant and Local Resident
- J Stuart Nixon Local resident and Planning Specialist
- Dr John Sutton Transport Consultant and Local Resident
Special thanks to Paul Tarne, Janet Cookson and everyone on the Parish Council for organising the appeal process. Also thank you to the small army of people who helped with the traffic monitoring, RAMS leaflet deliverers and everyone who contributed to the ‘fighting fund’ through the RAMS website or cheques to the Parish Council.
It really was a team effort that involved a huge number of people in the village, my thanks to you all!!!
PRESS RELEASE : 04 JULY 2016
MOBBERLEY PARISH COUNCIL
Government Planning Inspector Dismisses Appeal by Argonaught Holdings Ltd to build 365 Houses at Harman Technology Site and adjacent land ( Ilford Way ) Town Lane Mobberley, Mobberley.
Mobberley Parish Council today, received the news that the Government’s Inspector (Mark Dakeyne) has Dismissed the planning appeal lodged by Argonaught Holdings Ltd, following a six day hearing May 03 – May 12 2016. Cheshire East Council refused the planning application in November 2014. The Parish Council and the residents of Mobberley persuaded the planning committee of Cheshire East Council to refuse the application even though the council officers recommended approval. A similar application was also refused in March 2016 as a result of large scale opposition by the parish council and the residents.
The Parish Council supported by RAMS ( Residents against Mobberley Sprawl ) registered as a major objector at the Inquiry, in addition to Cheshire East Council . The PC instructed Freddie Humphreys QC, of Kings Chambers Manchester, to represent them and assembled a team of professional witnesses to support their case ( see notes to editor ). The Council, together with the Village Society and local residents, raised over £17,000 to ensure they had the best legal counsel to fight their case.
The inspector agreed that the impact of aircraft noise on future residential occupiers living in this location would be unacceptable, and also that development of the Green Belt associated with the housing scheme and the residents living environment could not be outweighed by very special circumstances for such development. He also considered that the scheme would not constitute sustainable development in accordance with National Policy.
Councillor Janet Cookson ( Chair MPC ) said: I need to personally thank all the residents of the village and our supporters over the past three years for their commitment in opposing this large scale development. I also express my gratitude to our team of local professionals, who gave up weeks of their own time to mount such a strong defence . To build housing for a 1000 residents in Mobberley Village, a rural community would never be sustainable. The parish Council are committed to protect our Green Belt and conservation area from development, and the health and wellbeing of our residents. I fully agree with the Inspector, that it would be unacceptable to subject future residents to live in a location where they need a noise shelter in the garden to enjoy being outside, and live in sound proof Houses. Living in a rural Cheshire should be about quality of life.
For Further Inquiries contact:
Mrs Sarah Sherwood ( Clerk to Mobberley Parish Council )
Chair: Councillor Mrs Janet Cookson
01565 889127 : 07786 850189