In­quiry to de­cide on homes near tele­scope

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA -

A PLAN­NING in­quiry will be held into a plan for hous­ing which is feared could threaten sci­en­tific work at Jo­drell Bank.

A gov­ern­ment in­spec­tor will look at pro­pos­als by Glad­man Devel­op­ments for 119 homes off Main Road, Goost­rey, which is within two miles of the Lovell tele­scope at Jo­drell Bank ob­ser­va­tory.

Cheshire East re­fused the plans last year on grounds in­clud­ing that it might have a detri­men­tal im­pact on the tele­scope.

Sci­en­tists fear in­creased ra­dio in­ter­fer­ence from the homes – through things like elec­tric­ity lines and mo­bile phones – would limit the tele­scope’s abil­ity to pick up elec­tro­mag­netic sig­nals from space.

Glad­man ap­pealed the re­fusal and now a plan­ning in­spec­tor will hear ev­i­dence at an in­quiry be­fore writ­ing a re­port for Sec­re­tary of State for Com­mu­ni­ties, Greg Clark, to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

David John­son, a Goost­rey res­i­dent fight­ing the pro­posal, said: “Our aim is to save the fu­ture of our most proud re­gional sci­en­tific and cul­tural as­set, a na­tional icon and in­ter­na­tion­ally crit­i­cal sci­en­tific as­set.”

Glad­man did not re­spond to a re­quest for a com­ment.

The in­quiry start­ing on May 17, 10am at The Stan­ney­lands Ho­tel, Wilm­slow, is es­ti­mated to last for six days.

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