Agenda item

Longham: Land at Bittering Quarry: Proposed continued extraction of minerals from land at Longham and extension of extraction area of Spreadoak: Reference: 3CM/2007/0019/F (Agenda item 9)

Report of the Development Services Manager.


The Senior Development Control Officer presented the report which related to a minerals application to be determined by Norfolk County Council.  Breckland Council, as consultee, had been requested to provide its views on the proposal.  Subject to appropriate conditions, it was recommended that no objection be raised to the application.


The proposal was for the continued extraction of sand and gravel from the existing site at Longham, for a further 2½ years and an extension of the extraction area into 26 ha of land at Speadoak, immediately to the south east.  Additionally, the proposal included the retention of and improvement to the existing site plant.


The Chairman advised that Longham Parish Council had not raised any objections to the proposal subject to a 40mph speed limit being installed on the stretch of road leading to the quarry.  Wendling Parish Council; however, had objected to the proposal for the reasons that it wanted Norfolk County Council to provide a dedicated road for the HGV traffic.


A Member, whose part of his Ward fell within Bittering, stated that Bittering Parish Council had no objections to the proposal and, in fact, was quite pleased that this application had come forward for the reason that, if approved, the site would be further away from the Parish once the operator moved onto the Spreadoak site.


            RESOLVED that


(1)         Norfolk County Council be informed that this Council does not raise any objection to the proposal subject to:


(i)            the mineral extraction to which this permission relates shall cease and all mineral processing and ancillary plant including concrete batching and aggregate bagging plant shall be removed on or before 31 December 2019 with the approved restoration programme being completed before 30 June 2020;


(ii)     all activities proposed or existing should be able to comply with the noise levels set out in Planning Ref. No C/3/2002/3003 including when the processing plant and extraction from the existing site at Longham are in operation i.e.:


Monday – Friday 06.00 – 08.00 hours 42 dBLAeq (1 hour) free field

Monday – Friday 08.00 – 18.00 hours 45 dB LAeq (1 hour) free field

Saturday 06.00 – 08.00 42 dBLA eq (1 hour) free field

Saturday 08.00 – 13.00 45 dBLA eq (1 hour) free field

These levels as measured at the nearest residential properties to both the existing operations and the new Spreadoak operation.


(iii)    all reversing bleepers fitted to vehicles, under the control of the applicant, should be of the directional sound or broad band type.


(iv)        hours of operation should be as in supporting statement.


(iv)        measures shall be taken to minimise dust nuisance and sand blow caused by the operations, including spraying of road surfaces, plant area and stockpiles as necessary.


(v)          no external lighting shall be installed on the site unless it is maintained such that it will not cause glare beyond the site boundaries.


(vi)        notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any Order revoking or re-enacting that order), no further buildings, plant or machinery, nor structures of the nature of plant or machinery other than that permitted under this planning permission, shall be erected on the site, except with permission granted on an application under Part III of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990;


(2)         a request be made to Norfolk County Council to install a 40mph speed limit; and


(3)         all drivers be asked to exercise extreme caution when approaching the site.


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