Minerals and Waste Local Plan consultation

This new plan will detail our policies for minerals and waste.

The Plan will also set out locations for the potential development of minerals sites (such as sand or gravel pits) and waste sites (such as recycling plants or landfill sites) in the county.

Pre-submission consultation

On 17 April 2018, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet agreed to propose to the County Council that a six-week public consultation on the draft Minerals and Waste Plan takes place.

On 24 May 2018, County Council agreed to consult on the draft plan from 11 June at 5pm to 23 July 2018 at 5pm.

Comments made through the proposed consultation would then be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate for an examination in public.

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In July 2016, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet agreed to the production of a single document to cover both minerals and waste policy. The Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan, will replace all three of the existing plans: 

  • Suffolk Minerals Core Strategy (adopted 2008)
  • Suffolk Minerals Site Specific Allocations (adopted 2009)
  • Suffolk Waste Core Strategy (adopted 2011)

As part of the development of the new plan, the Issues and Options consultation was the first step of the consultation process. This consultation ran until 5pm on 6 February 2017.

The Issues and Options consultation was seeking views on proposed policies for the development of minerals and waste. This includes proposed aims and objectives and detailed policies for minerals and waste development in the county, and draft criteria for new minerals and waste sites.

The consultation discussed the intention to remove the proposed landfill sites at Foxhall, Great Blakenham, Layham and Thorington that had been included in the previous waste plan, as the move away from landfilling waste means that they are no longer required.

The consultation also discussed the intention to remove sites proposed for Strategic Residual waste Treatment Facilities at Eye/Yaxley, Masons Quarry Great Blakenham and Sproughton because, following the construction of the Energy from Waste Facility at the former Highways Depot in Great Blakenham, no additional facilities are required.

The Preferred Options consultation was the second step in the process Suffolk County Council is taking to develop the new Minerals and Waste Local Plan. It sets out the preferred locations for potential development of minerals and waste sites in the county.

The following sites have been submitted for consideration to the County Council in response to the earlier Issues and Options consultation which included a call for sites by inviting the sand and gravel industry, landowners and land agents to suggest sites for inclusion:

  • Barham
  • Barnham
  • Belstead
  • Cavenham
  • Layham
  • Tattingstone
  • Wangford
  • Wetherden
  • Wherstead
  • Worlington

Minerals sites will only be permitted in appropriate locations and will be required to be operated to a high standard, so that they do not cause significantly adverse impact upon the environment or local amenities or endanger human health.

The Council identified these sites after inviting the sand and gravel industry, landowners and land agents to suggest sites for inclusion.

The Pre-submission Stage is where the final version of the plan is published for further consultation. This version includes changes made in response to comments made at the Preferred Options Stage. Comments made at this stage are sent together with the submission draft plan and all the supporting documents to the Planning Inspectorate who will hold an Examination in Public. The inspector will then produce a report that includes recommendations to the County Council about any changes that need to be made to the plan. The County Council will then adopt the plan as planning policy.

View the Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan submission draft documents:

Submission Draft Report

Sustainability Appraisal

View the evidence base documents:

View the Site Selection Reports:

Consultation events

If the consultation on the draft Minerals and Waste Plan is approved, we will be hosting ten consultation events where the public can learn more and speak to members of Suffolk County Council’s planning team.

LocationDateTime
Barnham Village Hall, The Street, Barnham, Suffolk.  IP24 2NF 19 June 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Belstead Village Hall, Wits End, Grove Hill, Belstead, IP8 3LP  12 June 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Claydon and Barham Village Hall, 6-8 Norwich Road, Claydon, IP6 0DF 27 June 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Elmswell, Blackbourne Community Centre, Blackbourne Road, Elmswell, IP30 9GY 15 June 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Layham Village Hall, Lower Layham, Church Lane, Hadleigh, IP7 5HD 26 June 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Tattingstone Village Hall, 29 Church Road, Tattingstone, IP9 2NA  25 June 2018  3:00pm to 7:00pm
Tuddenham St Mary Village Hall, High Street, Tuddenham, IP28 6SA 20 June 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Wangford Community Centre, Millfields, Wangford, NR34 8RG

13 June 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Wherstead Village Hall, The Room, The Street, Wherstead, IP9 2BJ 14 June 2018  3:00pm to 7:00pm
Worlington Village Hall, The Street, Worlington, IP28 8RU 21 June 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Preferred Options Consultation

This was the initial version of the plan. Consultation ran from 30 October until 11 December 2017.

Preferred Options Plan

Sustainability Appraisal 

As part of this consultation, a Sustainability Appraisal was also produced. Read the appraisal and supporting documents:  

Issues and Options Consultation

As part of the development of the new plan, the Issues and Options Consultation is the first step of the consultation process. This consultation closed on 6 February 2017.

The Issues and Options consultation offered the opportunity to respond to the summary document, or to the full consultation document depending on the level of detail the response required. Please note that the full consultation includes a total of 62 questions, over more than 100 pages.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Consultation

The consultation for the Suffolk Minerals & Waste Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Draft Scoping Report ended on 31 October 2016.

We received responses from three statutory consultees:

 

A waste site is a location for the processing or disposal of waste – residential or commercial. This can include landfill sites, recycling or composting facilities, or processing plants such as an Energy from Waste facility.

A minerals site is a location that has been identified as containing aggregates such as sand and gravel, that can be extracted for use in the construction industry, or chalk for use in agriculture.   

Visit the Minerals and Waste Policy web page.

What happens next? 

Once the full plan is produced, it will then be submitted to the Planning Inspector and examined in public, and an approved plan is expected to be adopted in 2019.