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Plans for 119 homes rejected to protect observatory

The Communities Secretary said the development would "impair the efficiency of the radio telescope" Photo: ITV News/Granada Reports

Plans to build 119 homes close to the Jodrell Bank observatory have been rejected in order to ensure the "reasonable protection" of the site.

Cheshire East Council has praised the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid's decision to deny the proposal by Gladman Developments.

We are delighted the secretary of state has supported the council’s case and has dismissed this planning appeal.

Jodrell Bank observatory is a vital asset to this borough, the nation and the international scientific community. The protective zone around the telescope has been in place since 1973 and we are very pleased that its importance has been recognised and reinforced.

As a council, we are doing everything possible to meet the housing needs of our area. However, this was simply the wrong development in the wrong place. It is very good to see that the long-term protection of vital scientific work has prevailed over the short-term high demand in housing supply.

This further underlines the importance of the ongoing collaboration between the council and Manchester University over operations at the site.

– Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for housing and planning
Cheshire East Council has praised the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid's decision to deny the proposal by Gladman Developments. Credit: ITV News/Granada Reports

It was proposed that the development would be built on Main Road, Goostrey, about two miles south east of the observatory.

The Communities Secretary said the development would "impair the efficiency of the radio telescope" and that "the protection of Jodrell Bank observatory as a facility of international importance transcends the housing land supply circumstances of the case".

Mr Javid concluded that the harm to the work of the telescope carried "substantial weight against the proposal".