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Parish Plan

Cheshire West & Chester Council has recently completed a review of the need to provide sites for the Gypsy and Traveller community within their area, a review required by legislation. They have concluded that some new sites are needed and have proposed a list of sites to be considered. Two of these are in Tarvin parish. One off Cross Lanes near Oscroft and one on the east side of Tarporley Road. The former has been coded 'red' meaning that the access problem makes it unlikely to be developed. However the one on Tarporley Road has been coded 'amber'. This means that though there are difficulties with the site, these could be overcome. It is possible that the main reason for this coding is that the land is in CW&C ownership.

There are no 'green' coded sites within Tarvin parish.
The Parish Council has already written to CW&C stating that they object to the Tarporley Road site. Such a site would effectively prevent any further residential development in this area, and east of Tarporley Road has been defined as the only place in the Parish that new housing and recreation development should be allowed to take place, if required.

When such important changes in policy are suggested, CW&C has a legal obligation to consult widely with interested parties and the general public. The easiest way to do this on the website On the home page, click on the button in the centre marked 'consultations' to take you to the relevant page. At the time of writing (4/8/2016) the gypsy site consultation documents had not been posted, but they should be available in the very near future.

If you feel strongly about this issue then at the appropriate time please do use this important tool to make your views known. As with planning issues, a large number of individual comments carry greater weight than one complaint signed by many people.

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  • Jon

    It may have scant value, but at least everyone should write to local cwac councillors making it clear that we will not vote for them if this goes ahead. At least then they may realise that their jobs hang on this to help motivate them to support our case to reject it

  • Paul Rosenberg

    I know there are people ,& I admit to being one, can criticise the Parish Council for what appears a lack of passion in pursuing issues that affect the well being of local residents — however I think in this situation they are taking a strong stance against this proposal. I am very disappointed with, but not surprised,is the failure of our 2 local authority councillors who seem to concentrate ,through their tenure of office , on political point scoring in the council rather than focusing on local issues such as this that are the concern of many — surely those should be the top of their list. Maybe, just maybe, because neither live in the parish that may affect their attitude — Out of interest have any sites been proposed in Ashton Hayes or Kelsall?

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