Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PLANNING APPLICATION - plans and how to object

Hi all,

If you wish to see the plans for the proposed development of part of the Moore NR / Upper Moss Side site as a model aircraft fly-zone and object to it please read on. DEADLINE for comments is before 23rd September!

The plan is here


Scroll down, tick the copyright box and then click search applications online.
Click search for planning application.
In the planning reference box type 2010/16934 and press enter
Link to documents appears - click and follow to open plans etc.

The objection (aka comment) page is here

Please ensure you put your details in, as anonymous comments are not considered by the planning people. Note that you can attach longer comments as a document. You do not have to confine your remarks to the 255 characters allowed in the comment box.

If you have any queries about the process or want to check anything I believe the email you need is devcontrol@warrington.gov.uk  and their telephone number is 01925 442819.

Speaking to people, objections centre around disturbance to the peace and quiet of the site AND importantly the bird species that are present on and adjacent to the proposed fly-zone. If you look at the planning application you will notice in Section 14 that they claim NO Priority Species are likely to be disturbed on or near the site. This is untrue. You may wish to comment on the presence of any of the following species that you have seen / heard  in the area... all are UK BAP and/or Cheshire BAP and/or BoCC Red List species.

Skylark, Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Grey Partridge, Lapwing, Linnet, Barn Owl
Brown Hare

BoCC redlist species such as Willow Tit, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker that use the area by the feeding station, Grasshopper Warbler that uses the fields of Upper Moss Side and the capped tip, even the Bitterns from the eastern reed bed have been known to feed on the river nearby and sometimes use the ditches on Upper Moss Side.

My own view is that it's not just the breeding birds during spring and summer that are at risk of disturbance but also wintering flocks and passage migrants. Whatever your views and own personal experience I hope you will make them know to the planners and help keep the area a quiet, peaceful and a rich wildlife area that we can all enjoy.

Thanks in advance, for your support.



  1. Great info on how to comment regarding the planning. Im going to try and get this out to as many people as I can. Tony Carroll

  2. Many thanks Tony. Deadline is 23rd Sep but person I spoke to in planning dept said they were likely to take comments past that date, so I guess we just keep flooding them with stuff as the worse case scenario is that they decide to adhere rigorously to the initial deadline whereas if they're true to their word then late entries will be considered too. At the very least it shows strength of feeling!