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  • "I just had to have my say on the green fields and woods on Rilshaw Lane, ive been walking on these fields on the public foot path for over 40 years in the 1970s me and my mates would meet up at the old infirmary grounds then we would go across the fields and play for hours in the woods off Rilshaw Lane i still go down there now with my children and the wildlife there is amazing we often see owls likethe tawny owl little owl and the odd time weve even seen barn owls there is also buzzards and lots of quite rare birds around the fields and woods we see foxes badgers rabbits stoats and weasels too all these birds and animals rely on these fields and the woods to survive i now know that sometime very soon all these fields will be gone to make way for yet another massive housing estate that as far as i can see will NOT benefit the local towns people but increase the population from other areas swelling the town even more jamming up the roads in and out of Winsford even more its bad enough now, the majority of these new planned houses will be miles out of reach for local people this is not a wealthy town by any means so why build more unwanted houses just so outsiders can move here its sheer madness the only thing i can see that will benefit from this new planned housing will be the council, there are virtually no green fields left now in Winsford once these fields are gone they are gone forever its very sad i would be interested to know other peoples thoughts regarding the disapearance of Winsfords countryside, thanks."
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Planning is a quasi-legal process

Planning is a quasi-legal process

Planning is a quasi-legal process

First published in Letters

While reading the various articles and letters concerning the influx of unwanted houses recently printed in your excellent paper, one issue seems paramount. Planning is a quasi-legal process.

It is foolhardy to assume that anyone motivated by anything other than observing planning law will generally predict the outcome of applications.

Although considerations, other than strictly observing the rules occasionally intrude, generally, decisions are made by those who are purely objective concerning the outcome.

It is essential for anyone with vested interests that includes most of us, to receive objective advice that is given expertly, objectively and freely.

It is especially important that those who make a career out of understanding the planning process are able to present their views unhindered by any possible consequences of doing so.

Until this happens, many people and organisations, including Cheshire East Council, are going to be disappointed by results that differ from their preferred ones.

Dr Peter Hirst Middlewich

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