Objections required to stop Dobbies


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 [email protected] 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.

Dobbies, Garden World, Garden World , Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Craig Wilson
Monday 6th September 2010 at 6:52 am
Wow ! What an amazing piece of bias journalism, never seen anything like it before. I get the impression the author doesn't like this application LOL.............
Lisa Reeves
Monday 6th September 2010 at 8:15 am
Just to confirm this piece isn't supposed to be a balanced piece of journalism, it is a member's opinion.

This section of alderleyedge.com is for News & Opinion so members are free to submit letters of opinion providing of course they are concerning local matters and not for commercial purposes.
Simon Dewar
Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 3:56 pm
I'd like to say that its about time that people felt strongly enough about an issue to make a comment because of an opinion, rather than remain ambivalent and just comment on the fact that someone has an opinion, which is pointless journalism!
Ian Daglish
Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 4:35 pm
If Simon Dewar is suggesting that Lisa should express her own ideas rather than providing a fantastic forum for others', then I strongly disagree. With regard to Dobbies, let's all join forces to resist this cynical attempt to overcome local feeling by repeated, unjustified planning applications in the hope that our resistance will be worn down. As one respondent to the Parish Plan survey pointed out: Alderley is the first place you come to on the railway from Manchester across green fields. Let's keep it that way.
Simon Dewar
Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 5:03 pm
Ian, I was referring to Craig's comment!
Ian Daglish
Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 5:39 pm
Sorry! We are on the same side, then?
Marc Asquith
Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 6:25 pm
The point is, we need to object to the two planning applications identified by Rodney. They are the thin end of the wedge for ribbon development along the line of the Bypass and must not be allowed to establsh a precedent.
Simon Dewar
Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 10:41 pm
Yes Ian absolutely, I have no desire for more of this countryside and natural habitats to be destroyed to make way for so called convenience, how long before the fast food chains fancy a plot at that temporary juncture if an application is granted?. What on earth does anyone need there that you cant get 6 or 7 miles down the road in Handforth anyway?