Monday, January 2, 2017

Real Housewives Of Cheshire Star Dawn Ward Files An Appeal After Planning Committee Rejects Wedding Venue Proposal!

According to a new report, Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward and her husband, ex-footballer Ashley Ward have filed an appeal against Cheshire East Council's refusal to grant them planning permission to create a conference and wedding venue at their Great Warford home.

Last year, the ITVBe reality couple applied to change the use of the hall from a private residence with ancillary offices to a dwelling with conference and banquet facilities for up to 130 people. However, the Planning Committee rejected the proposal along with over 200 local residents who complained that "Party Warford" was inappropriate in a quiet, rural village and would result in noise disturbance and increased levels of traffic on the narrow country lanes.

Back in July, it was reported that Great Warford Parish Council, Nether Alderley Parish Council and Little Warford Parish Council complained about increased levels of noise and traffic in the Green Belt and knock effects to surrounding areas.

A total of 236 people in neighboring properties also raised objections with just one in support of the proposal.

The change of use from a dwelling with offices to dwelling with function room and ancillary facilities include 19 double bedrooms enabling up to 38 wedding guests to stay overnight on site on the 12.5 acre site. It also includes the construction of a previously approved extension with glazed links to the property.

Under the plan a total of 100 events annually would have been held in one of the sleepiest parts of the Cheshire countryside, including 60 weddings.

It would have involved people, (up to 130) being shipped in to weddings, bootcamps conferences and seminars in mini buses and vehicles, because of limited parking at the hall, reports Wilmslow Guardian.

Last week it was reported by wilmslow.co.uk that the Wards made an appeal to the Secretary of State which will be dealt with by way of written submissions, as there will be no public hearing.

They are appealing on the grounds that the change of use and extensions are appropriate forms of development and would not harm the openness of the Green Belt. Alternatively, they state that if the development is found to be an inappropriate development then there are very special circumstances which outweigh any harm to the Green Belt.

They also say that a travel plan is unnecessary for the site as it has longstanding commercial uses (the site is accessed from a drive that also serves a commercial potato storage unit) but if it is required then the submitted plan, which was revised during the course of the application, has been proven to be practicable and enforceable elsewhere and would provide the necessary control.

The appeal also states that the Council has taken an inconsistent approach to this site when compared with recent local decisions - such as granting planning permission for function venues at both Colshaw Hall and Merrydale Manor - accepting the same travel plan which was originally put forward for Warford Hall.

According to the publication, local residents are uniting in opposition to the plans to create a conference and wedding venue at Warford Hall. The Great Warford Action Group are taking professional advice and 23 local residents have indicated that they are prepared to contribute towards the legal costs.

Speaking about the appeal, a spokesperson for the Great Warford Action Group said "I am sure that you will read this with interest, particularly the admission that a CCTV camera was installed to spy upon movements at the Potato Farm. They have clearly missed however the fact that our objection was not about daytime movements but those that would have occurred during the early hours.

"They also suggest they we are confused over the difference between their proposal and the annual charity ball. We are not confused, we accept a one off annual function for charity, (provided it operates within the hours licensed), what we object to is the prospect of regular events, possibly two or even each three a week during the summer months."

The appeal documentation can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 15/4515M. The deadline for responses is Thursday, January 26, 2017. The Council's statement will be available to view within six weeks of the appeal starting date, reports wilmslow.co.uk.

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