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Woodford is a small village situated to the south of Stockport on the Cheshire border resting within beautiful open countryside.
Woodford Community Council gives residents a voice on matters affecting their community and liaises with Stockport MBC and other statutory bodies as required. It is run entirely by volunteers, financed by donations and governed by a written Constitution.
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STOP PRESS - Woodford Aerodrome Planning Application on hold
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has written to Stockport Council in response to its letter of 29th September 2014 concerning the application for permission to develop land at the former Woodford Aerodrome.
The Secretary of State regrets that the Department is unable to complete consideration of the proposal by 22nd October 2014 and, in exercise of his powers under article 25(1) The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010, the Secretary of State has directed Stockport Council not to grant permission on the application without specific authorisation. This Direction is issued to enable the Department to have a further period in which to consider the proposal. The matter will be dealt with as quickly as possible and a further letter will be sent to SMBC when that consideration has been completed.
This means that you still have time to write to the Secretary of State if you missed the 22nd October deadline. See below for details.
URGENT MESSAGE FROM WOODFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Green Belt in Woodford is Under Threat – You Can Help!
As previously reported, Stockport Planning and Highways Regulation Committee voted to approve the Harrow planning application for a development of up to 920 houses plus a 100-unit extra care unit on the former BAE site. Last week SMBC wrote to the Secretary of State saying that, given the nature and scale of the Woodford Aerodrome development, the application was being put forward for him to consider whether he concurs with the position reached by the authority. The Secretary of State will only investigate (“call in”) the application through a public inquiry if he believes that it is in contravention of Green Belt policy and guidelines. He has 21 days to decide whether to call it in or not. That clock is already ticking.
The latest government planning guidelines, fortuitously announced on 6 October 2014, make it clear that, once established, Green Belt boundaries should only be altered in exceptional circumstances, through the preparation or review of a Local Plan. The planning application for the Woodford Aerodrome site alters Green Belt boundaries. Woodford Neighbourhood Forum does not believe SMBC has prepared or reviewed a Local Plan taking the boundary changes into account. Nor does it believe that the circumstances are exceptional. The application is therefore in contravention of these guidelines.
The sheer scale of this proposed development will have wide ranging, adverse impacts on our area. Therefore, we urge you to make representations by post or email to the Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Eric Pickles. Contact details and deadlines are given below.
Your letter should emphasise the fact that we believe that the application is in contravention of Green Belt Policy and guidelines, since there is significant erosion of the local Green Belt area. Please refer to the application - number DC/053832, Woodford Aerodrome Opportunity Site. It is concerns about Green Belt that will determine whether or not the application gets called in. We want him to call a public inquiry because giving permission for housing on land allocated as Green Belt raises issues of regional and national importance.
In addition, you may also wish to include other concerns, such as:
- The trebling in size of this small rural community;
- Loss of rural village character in Woodford, which is valued by walkers and cyclists from neighbouring communities as well as residents;
- Significant increase in traffic volumes in neighbouring communities;
- Overloading of already stretched services and facilities, such as doctors and schools, in neighbouring communities;
- Lack of employment opportunities in the area.
Personal letters expressing your own views are preferable. However, if you would prefer to use a template letter, one can be found here. www.woodfordcommunity.co.uk/sos-letter.html.
Please write as soon as possible to:
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles
2 Marsham Street
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 21-day window closes on 22nd October 2014, but we have just been informed by the National Planning Casework Unit, which is dealing with SMBC’s submission, that a decision could be made sooner,
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Woodford Litter Day
Many thanks to the local residents who joined us on 27th September 2014 to help keep Woodford tidy. 25 bags of rubbish were collected – including a vintage vacuum cleaner that had obviously been hidden in a ditch in Church Lane for many years!
A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road
Work on the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road is scheduled to start in February 2015 with anticipated completion in Summer 2017.
Consultation on Poynton Relief Road
Cheshire East Council held a public consultation on the Poynton Relief Road from 2nd June 2014 to 28th July 2014.
The proposed road should link in with the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road at the Poynton - Woodford border and link to the A523 London Road at the Adlington Industrial Estate.
For further information click here.
Plans for the Development of Handforth Submitted to the Secretary of State
The Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy, which includes a proposal for a North Cheshire Growth Village comprising around 2,000 new homes in Green Belt adjacent to Woodford, was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 20th May 2014 in preparation for independent examination. The submission includes the comments received during the representation period.
For further information click here.
Woodford LocalLink Flexible Bus Service
Transport for Greater Manchester, TFGM, have introduced a 'LocalLink' bus service for the Woodford area following the ending of the 390 service. LocalLink provides services in areas where other services are limited. Anyone wishing to travel to or from the local area and the designated destinations can use the service and there are no age or disability restrictions. LocalLink is a shared service so you may be travelling with other passengers.
For further information click here.
For latest update click here.
Reminder - Contacting the Police
The new Police non-emergency number is 101. For further details about its use click here.
Woodford Community Council e-Newsletter
The WCC newsletter will bring you the latest news about issues affecting the community and show you how you can participate in community affairs and activities. Click here.