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Latest plans received by Cheshire East Council
Cheshire East Council has received the following planning applications:
Alsager: 6, Nursery Road, reduce height of sycamore, for Kathryn MacLean.
Congleton: 17, Isis Close, 15-20% crown reduction of an atlas blue cedar (t2), for Lucy Corkin; 25, Isis Close, works to walnut at the front of the roperty, reduce side limbs by approximately two feet in length and reduce top of the tree to alance stubs on the roadside, ndertake removal to crown raise through to a minimum of 2m from ground level to control, for Mrs
Hall; 29, Lawton Street, fell dead apple tree (T1) and Christmas tree (picea abies) (T2), for Roberta Webber; 6, Randles View, tree works, for Mr L Downing; Grove Inn, Manchester Road, prior notification of proposed demolition of two-storey brick built public house, for Seven Ten (Cheshire) (21st February); land adjacent to 42, Howey Hill, outline planning permission for a detached dwelling and garage, for Mr K Loach (29th February); The Rafters, 132a, Canal Road, outline application for private residential development of two dwellings together with new vehicular access, for Mr A K Gallimore (24th February).
Holmes Chapel: 75, London Road, ground and first floor extensions, including new garage in place of existing garden room and kitchen with bedroom, for Mr Peake (20th February).
Middlewich: 57, Nantwich Road, construction of part twostorey part single-storey extension to side and rear of property, for Stephen Kelly (20th February); First Floor, 24, Lewin Street, change of use of the first floor to domestic use for rental as a three-bedroomed flat, for Raman Mistry (23rd February); land at
50a, Nantwich Road, residential development comprising demolition of existing bungalow and outbuildings and erection of 29 dwellings including access, parking, landscaping and associated works, for P E Jones (contractors) (29th February).
Rural: 3, Hall Farm Barns, Knutsford Road, Cranage, window alteration to remove single door and window, increase width of opening and install fourpart folding sliding door to rear elevation, for Mr J Cook (29th February); 44, Birch Tree Lane, Mount Pleasant, erection of twostorey extension to a domestic
CHESHIRE EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL Proposed Variation of Hackney Carriage Table of Fares (Zone 1) Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, Cheshire East Borough Council (‘the Council’) proposes to vary the table of fares in respect of the hire of hackney carriages within hackney carriage zone 1 (Congleton zone). The existing table of fares within zone 1 is: 1. Mileage If the distance does not exceed 1,760 yards of part thereof
For the second mile and further miles (metered in units for each 176 yards or part thereof) £2.00 2. Waiting time (per hour) £26.40 3. Soilage charge £44.00 4. Extra charges (a) (i) For hiring begun between
11.30 pm and 7.00 am
Time and one half
(ii) Sundays and Bank Holidays Time and one half (b) Christmas Eve 7.00 am to 6.00 pm Ordinary time
6.00 pm to 12 midnight
Christmas Day 0.00 am to 7.00 am on Boxing Day
New Year’s Eve 7.00 am to 6.00 pm
6.00 pm to 12 midnight
New Year’s Day 0.00 am (1st January) to 7.00 am (2nd January)
Time and one half
Time and one half
The proposed table of fares within zone 1 is: 1. Mileage
Tariff 1 – Day rate (7 am to 9 pm) The first 176 yards
Subsequent 176 yards
Waiting time (each minute or part of)
Tariff 2 – Night rate (9pm to 7am); All Sundays The first 160 yards
Subsequent 160 yards
Waiting time (each minute or part of)
Tariff 3 – All Bank Holidays (midnight to midnight);
Christmas & New Year (from 6 pm on 24th December to 8 am on 27th December and from 6 pm on 31st December to 8 am on 2nd January) The first 135.38 yards £3.50 Subsequent 135.38 yards £0.20 Waiting time (each minute or part of) £0.33 2. Extra Charges Per person (over one) £0.33 Soiling charge £44.00 3. Value Added Tax The above tariff is inclusive of VAT where applicable. Any person wishing to object to the variation of the table of fares must do so in writing by no later than 24th February 2012. Objections must be sent to the Licensing Section, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1HZ or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of this notice will be deposited at Reception, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1HZ during the objection period and will be open to public inspection (without payment) during normal office hours. If no objections to the proposed variation are made by 24th February 2012, or if all such objections are withdrawn, the variation shall come into operation on the date of expiration of the consultation period (i.e. 25th February 2012) or the date of withdrawal of the objection, or if more than one, of the last objection, whichever date is the later. In the event that objections are made and not withdrawn, these will be referred to a meeting of the Council’s Licensing Committee for consideration. Dated: 9th February 2012 Caroline Elwood, Borough Solicitor
CHESHIRE EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL Planning Notices We have received the following applications. Article 8 Planning Applications of Public Interest and Affecting the Setting of a Conservation Area Application No: 11/3691C Applicant: Mrs Jean Pryor Location: Land Adjacent Trent and Mersey Canal, Alsager
Road, Betchton, Sandbach, Cheshire
Proposal: 26 Bay Golf Driving Range. Details of all planning applications and plans can be viewed online at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning or at any office of the Council that has internet viewing facilities for the public. Anyone who wishes to make representations on any application can send them in writing, or by e-mail to Planning@cheshireeast.gov.uk by noon on 1st March 2012, quoting the application number. Caroline Simpson, Head of Development, Cheshire East Borough Council, Town Hall Macclesfield SK10 1DP. Date: 9th February 2012
CONGLETON TOWN COUNCIL
Casual Vacancy Co-option Have you ever wanted to make a difference to your local community? Have you ever wanted to speak on behalf of your local community and to help local people? Do you want to contribute your professional, business or lobbying skills to help your local community? Then there is a vacancy to co-opt a Town Councillor to represent West Ward in the Town. If you think you have the desire, qualities and skills to become an effective Town Councillor then we would like to hear from you. Write in the first instance to the Town Clerk outlining the reasons why you want to become a councillor. To qualify you must be: A British subject or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union; and on the “relevant date” (i.e. that day on which you apply) be 18 years of age or over; on the “relevant day” a local government elector for the council area for which you want to stand; or have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the council area; or have during that same period had your principal or only place of work in the council area; or during that 12 month period resided in the council area. You cannot stand for election if you are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order. Applications to: Town Clerk, Congleton Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Congleton, CW12 1BN. Email: email@example.com Closing date: Friday, 24th February, 2012 C0444h property, for Mr G Cheetham (29th February); Bluebell Cottage, Narrow Lane, Crewe Green, retrospective listed building consent for removal of two windows to kitchen, insertion of replacement window and frenchstyle doors, for Tony Wood (29th February); Sandlow Green Farm, Holmes Chapel Road, Brereton, change of use of redundant agricultural building incorporating ground floor farm shop to ground floor employment unit and first floor residential apartment, for Jill Matusiak (29th February); The Printworks, Crewe Road, Haslington, replacement dwelling for previously approved residential conversion, for Nigel Hartley (29th February); Woodside Farm, School Lane, Marton, application seeking retrospective approval for erection of stable building including internal and external alterations as built building to provide additional isolation/foaling stabling for horses, for Darren Shufflebotham (29th February); Foxacre, Swettenham Lane, Swettenham, two-storey and single-storey extensions and alterations to dwelling, for Mr and Mrs R and J Wright (29th February).
Sandbach: Unit 1, 10, Congleton Road, change of use from A1 to A2 office, for Manners Pimblett Solicitors (23rd February).
Decisions Cheshire East Council has decided the following planning applications:
Approved Congleton: Albany Mill, Canal Street, amendment to siting of block B of permissions, for Great Places Housing Group. Approved with conditions
Alsager: 2, Grig Place, replacement bay window to front elevation (retrospective), for Miss H Sinker; 21, College Road, alterations and extensions to include a front porch and replacement attached single garage with single-storey kitchen extension behind, for S Rushton; 9, Wilbrahams Way, to build a new conservatory, for C Evans.
Congleton: 112, Broadhurst Lane, removal of condition eight from approval (proposed detached dwelling — land adjacent to 112, Broadhurst Lane), for Robert Whitehurst; 13-15, West Street, change of use of first floor area of former pub the Staffordshire Knot into a dental surgery waiting room and treatment area to expand services offered by Congleton Dental Centre at 11, West Street, for Congleton Dental Centre; 23, St Peters Road, rear single-storey extension, for Mrs D Craik; 6, Little Street, removal of external timber stairs and replace with metal spiral staircase, demolition of existing outbuilding and erection of replacement outbuilding, demolition of boundary wall and change of use of cafe curtilage to pub courtyard, for DV8 Bar; 9, Tudor Way, replacement of four existing 1.8m (6ft) fence panels with four new 2.4m (8ft) fence panels, for Mr P Minshull.
Middlewich: 14, Mather Close, ground floor bathroom extension, for Mr B Sproston.
Rural: 18, School Lane, Eaton, single-storey rear extension, for Mr and Mrs Young; 42, Little Moss Lane, Scholar Green, singlestorey extensions to front and side elevations, for Mr M Salt; Walnut Tree Farm, Radway Green Road, Barthomley, retention of silage clamp extension, for Mr P Abell; Woodside, 13, Coppice Road, Winterley, alterations and additions, for Mr J Butler.
for a conservatory to rear o property, for Mrs Taggart; 2, Meadowbank Avenue, singlestorey Edwardian conservatory to rear elevation of property, for M P Hunter; 38, Tatton Drive, side and rear extension, with pitched roof over existing flat roof garage, front bedroom and porch, fo Brian McGivern; Barclays Bank, Bold Street, the provision of an external staircase from the first floor flat roof to rear car park area. Relocation of air conditioning units currently blocking egress along the roof and creating a new raised walkway from the door to the parapet roof edge, for Faithful and Gould.
TPO with conditions Alsager: 1, The Gables, sycamore — fell tree that is in decline and shows signs of decay, for Mr Brumpton.
Rural: 30, Grays Close, Scholar Green, crown raise oa 2metres, cut back branches 15/20%, for Julian Heath.
Sandbach: 5, Grange Way, work to oak trees reduce by 30% and crown thin by 30%, for M Sedgley; 32-40, The Hill, removal of dead wood on limes and pines. Crown raise and crown thin limes, for Sandbach Almshouses Charity.
Refused Congleton: land at Park View House, Willow Street, planning permission for one dwelling, fo Mrs M Phillips.
Rural: Glebe Farm House, Audley Road, Barthomley, erection of 30’ x 45’ steel-framed general purpose shed, for M G Cooke; Green Tree Farm, Chelford Road, Somerford, outline planning permission fo two detached dwellings, for Mr N Hodgkinson.
Withdrawn Rural: The Printworks, Crewe Road, Haslington, conversion o printworks to a residential building with minor extensions, for Mr and Mrs N Hartley.
Rotary club’s open evening
The Rotary Club of Congleton invites people interested in becoming members to an open evening on Monday, 20th February from 7pm.
Along with information, there are displays of recent fund-raising events and a hot buffet.
The open evening takes place at the weekly meeting venue: Congleton Golf Club, Biddulph Road, Congleton.
A spokesman said: “Being a Rotarian gives members an opportunity to make new friends, enjoy a great social life, make exciting business contacts, and most of all, the chance of helping the local community.”
Rotary events include the annual Swimathon and Congleton Park bonfire and firewor extravaganza, plus Congleton Youth Orchestra concerts, jazz nights and a family fun day.
Anyone wanting information on becoming a Rotarian or to confirm their attendance at the open day can contact Rtn Robin Platt on 01260 273358, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org www.cheshireeast.gov.uk
Sandbach: 12, Meadowbank Avenue, retrospective application Planning appeals cost the public purse £48k
By Chris Young Taxpayers had to fork out more than £48,000 to developers in 2011 after Government inspectors overturned 35 planning decisions.
Recently released figres show the impact of planning appeals on Cheshire East Council.
While the authority was successful in defending the majority of its decisions, those it did lose have hit the public purse.
In one case the council had to pay a developer more than £4,200 because it did not produce a legal document for a proposed Congleton housing estate fast enough.
The report on last year ’s appeals also showed which reasons for refusal had fallen apart at the appeals stage.
The most likely refusal reasons to be thrown out by an inspector are “loss of privacy or light to a neighbour,” “impact of the character and appearance of the area” and
“impact on the open countryside”.
In a bid to cut the number of appeals, planning officers and committees will now be dissuaded from refusing applications for frivolous reasons.
Anyone who submits a planning application to the council has the right to appeal a refusal. A Government-appointed inspector would then look at the council’s decision, and if they overturned it, could force the authority to pay any legal costs.
Last year the council fought 122 appeals, winning 87 (71%) of them. It lost 35 (28.7%), and in eight of these cases costs were awarded against the council. They amounted to £48,409.
In another case Cheshire East was forced to pay Wainhome Developments £4,202 after council lawyers failed to complete documents required so that work on a housing development off Canal Road in Congleton, could begin.
The authority also had to pay McInerney Homes £15,591 after it successfully appealed the council’s decision to refuse plans for 14 houses in Wrenbury. The refusal was on the basis that there were more suitable sites in the village, but a planning inspector said the council didn’t back this up with any proof.
Other reasons the council had to pay up was for refusing an equestrian site in Wybunbury despite support from the British Horse Society (£2,589) and for refusing a waste company to continue operating on a site in Bridgemere for claims it would create pollution and odour — claims an inspector dismissed as baseless (£14,613).
A report detailing the appeals was presented to the council’s Strategic Planning Board yesterday (Wednesday).
It said the committee should “seek to reduce costs made against the council by reducing the number of unnecessary overturns, ensuring legal and appeal matters are dealt with efficiently and that reasons for refusal are sound and evidenced.”
Discussing the refusal reasons that did not stand up at appeal, the report said: “It is clear the council needs to be vigilant in these policy areas to ensure that this does not become the case. In particular, i t indicates there is a need to assess the impact of a scheme on the character and appearance of an area very carefully. Officers have been informed to ensure this happens.”
● See editorial on page 22.
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Think twice before owning bird of prey, RSPCA warns
A wildlife centre is caring for nine birds of prey that were bred and raised as pets and then thought to have been dumped.
As a result the RSPCA has warned people to do their research efore considering owing such pets ecause of the care they need.
Three barn owls, two Harris hawks, two buzzards, a lanner falcon — which was found in Congleton — and an eagle owl were taken to RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange in Nantwich, for help after eing found in an injured, sick or lethargic condition.
They were all bred as domestic ets and must have been either abandoned by their owners or escaped. Most were likely to have died if they had not been rescued.
The birds have very specialist needs which makes finding suita-
le new homes very difficult.
The Lanner falcon was found in a garden in Congleton, on 21st January in a very weak state. It was not injured but was unable to fly and was wearing leather jesses straps that showed it was a domestic bird, but had not been ringed.
It is unknown whether it had een dumped or escaped.
Lee Stewart, centre manager, said: “All the birds were struggling to survive.
“One of the buzzards had lost all balance and kept falling on its face, one of the barn owls had flown straight into a car and the eagle owl was discovered in the middle of a path with its wing hanging down.
“People may dump these birds when they realise they can’t look after them. For some it may be a consequence of current financial times as these birds can cost a lot to keep, especially when you consider veterinary bills.
“For others personal circumstances may have changed, such as having children or moving house.
“Whatever the reason — they
The falcon found in Congleton.
are just let go and can be very difficult to rehome afterwards as they need very specialist care.”
Mr Stewart added: “We would always recommend that anyone who owned a bird of prey get them ringed so that should they escape, they can be traced.”
The RSPCA is warning owners to do their research before taking on these type of birds as pets, as otherwise animals may end up abandoned after people realise their care is more than they can manage.
Animals which have been bred in captivity can struggle to adapt if they suddenly find themselves having to fend for themselves in the wild.
Birds of prey can have a large wing span and flying is a fundamental natural behaviour so aviaries should be built with enough space for the bird in its adult size to fly. They also need to be given free flying time out of the enclosure, fed suitable food and taken to a specialist avian vet.
Legally, they can only be kept as pets if they are captive-bred as under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to take any wild bird and put it into captivity. Some birds of prey also need to be registered if kept in captivity.
The eagle owl was found in the middle of a bridleway near Manchester Airport; one Harris hawk was found by a member of the public in their garden in Walsall and a second was found in a garden in Wolverhampton; one barn owl was found on a private garden gate post in Holywell, North Wales, while another flew into the path of a vehicle in Stalybridge. A third was found by a dog walker in woods near his home in Buckley, North Wales.
One buzzard was found in Nottingham and is part of an on-going legal case, while another buzzard was found in woods, also in Holywell.
The 146,000 motorists who use the M6 between junctions nine and 10 each day are to benefit from improved driving conditions.
Overnight resurfacing work, costing an estimated £1.5m, started yesterday (Wednesday) and is expected to last four weeks, subject to favourable weather conditions.
All lanes on the 1.8-mile stretch in both directions will have targeted sections of resurfacing, including the hard shoulder, which recently opened to traffic as an additional lane during peak periods to reduce congestion, under the Highways Agency’s “managed motorway” initiative.
The work will take place between 10pm and 6am and will be completed using mainly one or two lane closures, although some full overnight closures will be required to complete the work.
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