Mayfield Garden development Bunbury Heath

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17/5696N Full Application. Located at the junction of Moss Lane and the A49

The scheme proposes two, five bedroom detached dwellings with gardens, separate double garages and landscaping on a 0.2 hectare plot. The properties are situated within the centre of the plot, set back from Whitchurch Road by approximately 11.2m and are 22m from Mayfield House.
Comment:
There has been concern about ‘garden grabbing’ for building new dwellings in recent years and current national planning policy guidance is generally not supportive of parts of gardens being hived off in order to create new dwellings. Gardens are now designated as ‘greenfield sites’ to make it just a little less likely that they will get planning permission.

 

 UPDATE: This application has now been withdrawn. It is not clear why. One local resident is listed as objecting to the scale, style and location of the development. One point I had not appreciated was that this is not the only application for development in the garden of Mayfield house.
The Parish Council raised no objection to this development. It is clearly a ‘Backlands Development’ of the type identified in the Neighbourhood plan (NP). Such developments should be resisted. The statement in the NP is not an absolute ban but it is surprising that this application was allowed to pass without formal objection.

 

Crewe gets ready for HS2

The arrival of the HS2 rail link in 2027 is starting to see Cheshire East getting its act together.  It has put together a  glossy document The Crewe HS2 Masterplan Vision a  copy of which can be found here. 

Clearly a big  opportunity for Crewe and the surrounding area and one not to be missed. A rebuilt station and revitalized town centre are key to the plan. For Bubury the implications are less clear.  A thriving local economy will put more pressure on housing provision, particularly the executive homes beloved of developers. It might mean a better public transport provision at least toward Crewe.

There is a period of consultation until 12 Jan 2018. Here is the link to where you can fill in a consultation form.

20’s Plenty for Bunbury

No pavements

Look no pavements!

 

Like many other friends of Bunbury, I like to use the local shops. Coming from Wakes Meadow this involves a short journey, crossing roads about 4 times. To be fair on some occasions I don’t cross the road by the Chapel where the pavement runs out, but continue on the same side walking on the road. The truth is, nobody can get to the shops without walking on the road.

The same is true for children attending the primary school in School Lane. If you start from Upper or Lower Bunbury then to get to the school you have to walk on roads. OK, I hear you say that’s not a problem in a rural village like Bunbury. These days Bunbury is a pretty busy village especially in the morning and at the end of school.  We want children to be able to walk to and from school safely with or without a guiding hand. Most walkers and cyclist would also like to get around safely and quietly. For along time is has been the norm to put the interests of pedestrians well down the pecking order when it comes to spending tax payer money. However, this does have consequences.

Today we have a health crisis stemming (in part) from lack of activity with 1 in 3 children in year 6 suffering from overweight or obesity and about 40% of adults failing to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. The air we breathe has also become a source of anxiety as we learn that it is full of pollutants that can shorten our lives. We need to make it safe and easy for people get out and enjoy walking and cycling around Bunbury.

How can we improve matters?

The government, in its recent publications ‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy’  say:

We want to build on these successes and make walking and cycling the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey.

And this they state will:

….for society as a whole, it means lower congestion, better air quality, and vibrant, attractive places and communities.

Sounds great but how do we help the process along?

One way would be to make the walking and cycling environment friendlier and safer. Putting the pedestrian in pole position and making vehicles passing through the village slow down and give priority to those not in cars. Yes, I can hear the car fans rising in mass to objection. Many drivers do take great care and are considerate. What I’m arguing for is that within the narrow limits of the residential area of the village it is time to give the walker and cyclists a bit more consideration. One suggestionmeans introducing a lower speed limit. Bare in mind that where those pavements don’t exist vehicles can drive up to 30 mph.

The 20’s Plenty Campaign

The ’20 is plenty for us’ is a campaign to encourage the wider adoption of zones where all traffic is limited to a maximum of 20 mph. Chester and Cheshire West have adopted the scheme and will be rolling it out over the next year. The Wirral and Lancashire are also committed LA’s in the Northwest.

A new National Speed limit

The 30 mph speed limit was introduced in 1934 on the back of what we would call today ‘gut feeling’;. The evidence did not exist. Nearly 130,000 people were casualties on our roads in 2016. Of those, the biggest group (over 105,000) were on 30 mph roads (DfT – Reported road casualties 2016). Going to 20 mph makes collisions more survivable (dependent on age) with about a 20% reduction of casualties.

Lower car speeds also encourage more people to walk and ride as much of the fear of fast traffic has gone. The health advantages are well documented but a commitment to promote more healthy ‘every day’ activity is not apparent. We need a culture more in keeping with the times and is prepared to put the priority on walking and cycling rather than driving everywhere.

 

Good news on Bus Services!

Bus services recommended for retention!

Thanks to all the efforts of those people who put in objections it looks as if the Bus routes (56 & 83)  will be retained. These bus services had the most objections to being scrapped. Given satisfactory bids to run the services the existing service s will be retained. The current level of service is not adequate but a least what little we have has been kept. Read More

Brantwood Application

The eyesore in the centre of the village looks as if it to get some attention at last. The old village ‘lockup’ has sat neglected for some years. The 2011 application was refused.  A further revision was made and submitted in 2013 but refused by Cheshire East.

In January 2017 the owner was contacted by Craig Wilshaw, the LA s Enforcement Officer, and following discussions they advised the applicant to re-submit the application with the basement aspect removed and the replacement outrigger purposefully set with a lower eaves level to provide a simple cottage proportionate to the site.

(Design Access Statement )

The new proposal is welcome in as much as everybody would like the present situation improved. Of course, the details of the application is causing concern among some neighbours as the extension at the rear looks pretty large. This caused previous applications to fail. A suitable compromise should be possible.

Goodbye to the buses?

Our local bus company

Following the consultation about the bus services around Cheshire East (CE) a limited rethink may be on the cards. Some suggestion of a ‘skeleton’ rural service for routes 56 and 83 that go through Bunbury may be retained. If the original plans by Cheshire East were to go ahead then all regular bus services through the village would end and Bunbury would no longer be within 1 hour by public transport (bus) to a large urban (city/town) area.

The CE cabinet meets tomorrow (7 Nov. 2017)

More to follow.

Update: 

The CEC Cabinet met on 7 November to consider the CEC Officer’s report, which included the recommendation to keep the 56 and 83 routes that serve Bunbury. A decision was made to keep the services that serve Bunbury but without the connection to Chester. New contracts are being sought. Elsewhere in the Borough there have been cuts including rural areas. The high number of responses to the consultation from all Bunbury service users and others was noted by CEC