Minerals and Waste Local Plan consultation

Have your say on our minerals and waste policy plans in the Preferred Options consultation from 5pm on Monday 30 October until 5pm on Monday 11 December 2017.

In July 2016, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet agreed to create a combined Minerals and Waste Local Plan. 

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

Preferred Options consultation

We are now entering the second phase of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan consultation, known as the Preferred Options stage. This stage invites the public to comment on the proposed minerals and waste sites in Suffolk.

The Preferred Options consultation phase is open. The consultation will run from Monday 30 October 2017 at 5pm until Monday 11 December 2017.

You should bear in mind that any written representation received will be publicly available for inspection.

Take the online survey

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 is 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.

View the Suffolk Minerals & Waste Local Plan Preferred Options documents:

View the evidence base documents:

View the Site Selection Reports:

Have your say on the consultation

Complete the online survey by 5pm on Monday 11 December 2017.

If you prefer to receive a paper copy of the survey:

You can also complete the survey over the phone by calling 0345 603 1842.

Consultation events

As part of this consultation, 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, IP24 2NF 6 November 2017 2pm to 8pm
Belstead Village Hall, Wits End, Grove Hill, Belstead, IP8 3LP  9 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 
Claydon and Barham Village Hall, 6-8 Norwich Road, Claydon, IP6 0DF 20 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 
Elmswell, Blackbourne Community Centre, Blackbourne Road, Elmswell, IP30 9GY 10 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 
Layham Village Hall, Lower Layham, Church Lane, Hadleigh, IP7 5HD 15 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 
Tattingstone Village Hall, 29 Church Road, Tattingstone, IP9 2NA  17 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 
Tuddenham St Mary Village Hall, High Street, Tuddenham, IP28 6SA 14 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 
Wangford Community Centre, Millfields, Wangford, NR34 8RG 8 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 
Wherstead Community Centre, 46 The Strand, Wherstead, IP2 8NL 23 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 
Worlington Village Hall, The Street, Worlington, IP28 8RU 16 November 2017  2pm to 8pm 

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 

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

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.

Visit: www.suffolk.gov.uk/mineralsandwaste

Email: smwlp@suffolk.gov.uk

Telephone: 0345 603 1842

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.