Agenda item

Consultation on Norfolk Minerals and Waste LDF (Agenda Item 7)

Report of the Strategic Director (Business Transformation).

 

Appendices C and D to this report are marked to follow.

Minutes:

The Planning Policy Assistant presented the report and gave details of the current consultation on the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Development Framework being undertaken by Norfolk County Council.

 

It was explained that the County Council was currently consulting on drafts of its Core Strategy and Development Control Development Plan Document and its Minerals and Waste Site Allocations document.  As the Local Planning Authority, Breckland Council was a statutory consultee in the formation of the Minerals and Waste Development Framework.  It was also important that Breckland was aware of the County’s plans for minerals and waste development and how this affected the strategy, policies and sites in the Breckland Local Development Framework.  The report summarised the content of both documents and provided officers’ recommendation of Breckland’s response to the consultation.  The consultation documents together comprised around 500 pages and were not reproduced with the report.  However, a series of appendices were attached to the report outlining proposed policies which could affect Breckland and proposed sites for minerals and waste development in and around Breckland.  All the consultation documents and supporting evidence could be viewed on-line at www.norfolk.gov.uk

 

Members’ views were requested and, subject to any amendments, it was proposed that the comments and recommendations listed in Appendices B, C and D of the report should form Breckland Council’s response to the consultation.

 

During the ensuing discussion, the following points and responses to questions were made:

 

(a)       General

 

  • The District Council was a statutory consultee as well as being a statutory planning authority in its own right.  When the County Council considered the District Council’s recommendations, it would have to justify its proposals on sound planning reasons and therefore the District Council’s views should carry weight.

  • The County Council’s Plan period ran parallel to that of Breckland’s.  Although planning applications for development could come forward before some waste sites, it was thought that the County Council would want to try to achieve parallel working with Districts.  Hence there was a recommendation under the site specifics that the proposals should not stifle development in Breckland.

  • A member queried the fact that there was no mention of nuclear waste and it was explained that this was something that did not fall within the scope of this strategy but was a national issue.

  • The consultation documents included all potential sites and no sieving of sites had been made by the County Council at this stage to take account of protected sites, for example those sites in the Thetford area which were sited within a European protected area.  The officers’ recommendations ensured such sites were highlighted by raising strong objections.  It was likely other environmental agencies as statutory consultees would also raise similar objections.

(b)       Appendix B: Evaluation of Policies contained in the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Core Strategy and Development Control Development Plan Document Preferred Options

 

  • Preferred Option CS4 – The intention of the recommendation was that it should not inhibit housing growth in Breckland.

  • Preferred Approach 8.1.1 and Preferred Option DC2 – The recommendation raised concerns about the impact on development viability.

  • Preferred Option DC3 and DC4 – A member reiterated the concerns raised about the impact on air quality from thermal incineration facilities.

  • Preferred Approach 10.14.1 – It was proposed that the recommendation on this item should be amended by adding a proviso that the Norfolk County Council may have to undertake a more detailed Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for the future and to take account of issues not covered in the Breckland Council’s Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.

  • Preferred Option CS10 – This option related to Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) and it was confirmed that an AQMA monitoring post existed covering the Fibrothetford and surrounding area.

 

(c)        Appendix C: Minerals Site Allocations Issues and Options.  Sites in and adjacent to Breckland

 

  • MIN 100:  Mileham: Point Farm, Litcham Road, Beeston:  A member advised that Beeston Parish Council was strongly opposed to this proposal on the grounds that the roads were inadequate for lorry traffic, the likely impact of any excavations on nearby bore holes and the cumulative effect from the extension to the Bittering quarry contrary to policy under Preferred Option DC1.  It was proposed that the District Council should amend its recommendation of no objection to one of objection for the above reasons.

 

Subject to the proposed amendments in regard to Preferred Approach 10.14.1 in Appendix B and MIN100 in Appendix C, the Panel supported the officers’ recommendations.

 

         RESOLVED that, subject to the following amendments, the comments and recommendations set out in Appendices B, C and D of the report be supported to form the basis of this Council’s response to Norfolk County Council’s Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework current consultation documents:

 

(1)         In Appendix B: Preferred Approach 10.14.1 (Flood Risk Assessments):  Amend recommendation to read:  Support the use of Breckland’s Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) but raise the issue that Norfolk County Council may have to undertake a more detailed Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for the future and to take account of issues not covered in Breckland’s SFRA.

(2)         In Appendix C: Min 100: Mileham: Point Farm, Litcham Road, Beeston:  Amend recommendation from “do not object” to objection on the grounds that the roads are inadequate for lorry traffic, the likely impact of any excavations on nearby bore holes and the cumulative effect from the extension to the Bittering quarry contrary to policy under Preferred Option DC1.

 

         A schedule of the recommendations from Appendices B, C and D to the report, as amended, is attached to these minutes.

 

Members were reminded that a presentation and display of the options would be given by Norfolk County Council at Elizabeth House, Dereham on Monday, 17 March 2008 between 12 noon and 4.00 p.m. when members and the public would have the opportunity to submit comments.

 

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