The Dobbies / Tesco proposal for development in Nether Alderley has raised its ugly head again ....
Dobbies / Tesco are relying on the fact that many people will think that the problem has gone away, and so we must object again to prevent the planning being granted.
We need your support to send letters/emails of objection before the next meeting in October.
With apologies to all those who are already aware of the situation, I will try to briefly summarise the latest developments:
There are 2 applications in the system:
1) 09/3109M, Grimleys application on behalf of Dobbies/Tesco for Garden Centre Superstore
2) 10/1323M Application to renew old planning consent granted to Matthews Nursery
Both these applications, and all the documents, can be viewed on the Cheshire East website.
You will recall that the Dobbies /Tesco proposal 09/3109M relied very heavily on the planning consent already granted to Matthews Nursery (this was across the road from the old Matthews Nursery site, NOT the site where Dobbies /Tesco are proposing to build). This was given specifically to Matthews because of the "very special circumstances " when they were obliged to move off their old site at AstraZeneca. Matthews have long since relocated elsewhere, and have no further need for this planning consent. This planning consent expired on 18th April 2010.
Grimleys ( Dobbies/Tesco's Agent ) applied to renew the planning consent. This application for renewal was submitted late, with no proper accompanying documentation such as the ecological survey etc. The application should not have been validated by the Council until all the correct paperwork was in place. However, the validation was backdated to 8th April to ensure it fell within the final expiry date!
Prior to the Strategic Planning Board's meeting to decide this renewal application, we were told by the council, that it had would be recommended for refusal. However, on the night it was decided to defer the decision until October, thus giving the applicants time to get their paperwork in order.
It should have been refused on the grounds that:
a) It is no longer needed by Matthews since they have long since relocated.
b) None of the "special circumstances" apply any longer.
c) Dobbies / Tesco have already stated that site is unsuitable because it is too small for their requirements, and it has a pylon in the middle of it.
It is imperative that this Application for Renewal is refused. Without it, Dobbies/Tesco have a much weaker case for their application for a superstore on the alternative site they are proposing.
We need everyone to object to this application for renewal. Please send your objections to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to quote the application number 10/1323M and your name and address, otherwise they don't get logged on the website.
I hope all this makes sense, but if you have any queries please email me and I will try my best to clarify.
This a member post from Rodney Hamer, Alderley Rural Protection Organisation.