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Representations on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - SS0913 - Land south of Wetherden Road,
COMMENT Suffolk County Council (Mr. Robert Feakes)
Wetherden Quarry Extension - The current safeguarding areas are proposed to change to more defined areas. Sand and gravel is a nationally important resource and Suffolk has a sand and gravel sub regional apportionment figure and it is required to plan for sites to meet this apportionment. The minerals safeguarding area (MSA) is an area of potential mineral resource, identified through the best available data from the British Geological Survey. Its purpose is to protect potentially exploitable sand and gravel deposits from being sterilised by development on top of, or adjacent to those deposits. Following guidance in defining this area , the County Council is looking to safeguard all areas of sand and gravel within the county with an additional 250m buffer to prevent sterilisation of the sand and gravel resource by adjacent development.
SUPPORT Endurance Estates represented by Pegasus Group (Jamie Roberts)
Site is appropriate for inclusion within the settlement boundary. Secured formal committee resolutions to grant permission in summer 2017, Section 106 negotiations are ongoing however are expected to conclude shortly, at which permission will be granted.
Subject to an extensive programme of public consultation and were carefully considered by all relevant consultees during the planning application process. Where necessary, appropriate mitigation measures have been agreed. The officers' reports for both applications note that there are no technical constraints to development on either site that cannot be mitigated.
The grant of planning permission clearly shows that the Council considers the two sites are capable of delivering sustainable development. It is therefore strongly recommended that the settlement boundary is amended to include these sites.