05 Sep Wish us luck!
Wish us luck!
Finally, the big day has arrived. Tomorrow, Wednesday 6th September is our appeal hearing, so please wish us luck! The appeal is heard by an independent inspector and this time there will be no planning committee present to vote on the application. The inspector thoroughly investigates our applications, liaises with us, visits the site and then makes an informed decision.
The planning process so far has been far from smooth and we have had 4 committee hearings over the last 18 months. We have gone from having our application heard without being told about it and allowed to speak, to being approved, then un-approved and then rejected. It has been a bonkers ride so far.
Hopefully Wednesday 6th will give us a fair chance of legitimately getting all of our benefits and points across and getting a fair hearing with a balanced outcome. We won’t get an answer on the day, but should have within 3 to 4 weeks.
Let’s just have a little reminder about what we are trying to bring to Cheshire East and its Rural Economy:
- Create a brand-new leisure facility and tourist attraction,
- High quality, 4 to 5-star rating (like our 3 sister sites)
- World class wakeboard park
- Unique poles course over water, amazing mentally & physically challenging fun!
- Open water swimming
- Canoe and Kayak
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Run Swim safe courses with ASA (Amateur Swim Association)
- Fully accredited and supporting our sports National Governing Bodies
- Amazing café and high quality changing facilities to facilitate sports on offer
- Huge amounts of ecology mitigation and enhancement which will provide biodiversity gains
- Free car parking on site
- Free entry to the site (only pay for attractions)
- Fantastic public transport links
- Chelford Train Station, 0.85 miles away, less than 13-minute walk, entire walk is on pavements or footpaths
- Bus stop less than half a mile away, pavement and footpaths to reach site entrance
We are a Social Enterprise!
- Teamed up with Crewe and Macc Pledge to deliver social benefits
- Run employment readiness campaigns at local schools with The Pledge (already started) including Fallibroome, All Hallows, Wilmslow High School, Macc College, Crewe College, Tytherington, etc
- Visit local school careers fairs
- Trail Blazer Apprenticeship Scheme with Reasetheath College
- Café operating partnership with South Cheshire College
- Work experience placements
- Junior Adventure Outdoor Leader Program
- Deliver Level 1 and 2 Coaching Qualifications to local students
- Partnership with Manchester Met Uni, Outdoor Studies and Coaching Studies course and students.
- A facility for local Scouts, Sea Cadets and similar groups to use
- Aim to have all staff trained locally
- At least 30 jobs in first summer, should be substantially more in the future
- Tick practically every box with Sport England
- Tick practically every box with the New Visitor Economy Strategy for Cheshire East
- Massive local support for Cheshire Lakes
- Over 1000 feedback forms and comments submitted to us, over 99% of which are positive
- Over 400 official, positive comments left on our most recent planning application
- And much more!
Then we have the perceived damage to wildlife, which the Cheshire East voting members deemed more important than all of our benefits combined. This is despite the fact that the council planning experts recommended it for approval and the RSPB removed their objection. Definitely not a balanced view in our opinion. Bonkers!
Wish us luck, we will keep you informed.