Little Bollington Parish Meeting


Tatton Estate Management

Following on from the piece in this magazine last month, Little Bollington Parish Meeting (LBPM) considered development proposals by Tatton Estate Management (TEM), and the recent meeting of the Chair and Clerk with Henry Brooks of TEM and representatives of their PR company, Influential.


The Parish Meeting considered Mr Brooks’s proposal to work closely and collaboratively with local residents and businesses to shape the details of proposed developments, and agreed to take this approach, while reserving the right to oppose developments which would harm the nature and character of this rural area. The Chair will request a further meeting.


Developments by TEM

The Parish Meeting noted the proposals by TEM for a 3D printing facility in an existing building on Yarwood Heath Farm. It was reported that a group of residents had met and decided to oppose this proposal. Many present felt this was wrong, given that the development involves no new buildings, but noted that people had been angered by the publicity for the 3D printing facility which used an illustration of the full “Cheshire Gateway” development site. It was noted that TEM had admitted that the illustration was not appropriate for the current proposals and should not have been used. The Parish Meeting expressed concern that TEM continue to promote this development proposal, despite the decision by Cheshire East Council that the land is not designated for development and will remain as green belt in the Local Plan for the period to 2030. The Parish Meeting was informed of the recent confirmation of permitted development status for the 3D printing facility.


The meeting considered the planning application by TEM, together with the Contractor Galliford Try, for extended use of the A556 site compound. It was noted that the application is to make use of the existing compound for a contract for a smart motorway on a section of the M56. There was disappointment that after a prolonged delay following the completion of the A556 project, the land was not being restored to its former state as required under the Development Consent Order for the A556 contract.


Many present felt that it was reasonable to use the existing compound rather than create another one on a green field site. However there were concerns at several aspects of the application. The main concern was that the applicant argues for “the tarmac and hard standing to be retained in perpetuity”, although there is no justification for this in an application for temporary use of the site. Further concerns were that the application does not provide a timeline or an end date for the temporary use; it does not guarantee to restore the land to its former state as farmland at the end of the contract; it makes no reference to the current planning policy that the land is and remains green belt.


The meeting considered and agreed a written comment which will be submitted to the planning authority, and decided to promote information and concerns about this proposal to local residents. The meeting noted the concerns of Henry Brooks regarding the tone of language used in some earlier communications. Reasoned argument and moderate language will be used.



Nigel Hennerley reported to LBPM on the meetings of the High Legh Ward Advisory Group, set up by HS2 Ltd to consult the local community. One problem is that the long time lag – up to a year – from plans being prepared and the meetings with the communities means that consultation is based on out of date plans. Another difficulty is the lack of information. For instance proposals were presented for a site compound located in High Legh, but there was no information on working hours, volume of traffic, site lighting etc. The group fears that the timetable of presenting proposals to Parliament in 2019 leaves too little time for meaningful consultation. The programme may have to be delayed and it could require up to three years for royal assent.


Significant technical problems have come to light during the consultation period. These include the presence of salt mines and unstable ground near Lostock Gralam close by the proposed route. Nigel expressed serious concerns about the effects that fracking could have on HS2, particularly as the government proposes to further relax the planning requirements for fracking. The cost of HS2 continues to be a major concern. It has risen from £32 Bn in 2010 to £56Bn. The cost estimate excludes many major works which are required as a consequence of the new line, such a new bridge and other extensive works at Crewe Station.



John Sheehan gave a brief update on the proposed introduction of a new Broadband service by Voneus, and he has continued to chase progress since the meeting. There was a hold up in obtaining sign-off from the Church

Registrar for the equipment installed. Voneus state that after this it will be only one week to going live. But as we go to print (18 August) this has still not been resolved. Voneus report that they have experienced more problems on this

project than in any other part of the country.


Remembrance Day Events 2018

Remembrance Day 2018 takes place 100 years since the end of the First World War. There will be events around the country to mark the occasion. The National Trust at Dunham Massey will be participating by lighting a large beacon and organising activities around this. They have invited the local communities in Dunham and Little Bollington to join them in preparing plans and encouraging participation. Joe Bowdon has met with the National Trust and Caroline Metcalf will join them in making these preparations. The event will take place on the evening of Sunday 11 November.


Contact: Parish Clerk Mike Reed, 25 High Field, 07766 083765


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