Council planners to tighten up on minerals and waste provision

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 29 May 2015

Local aggregates quarry

A local authority planning team is honing its minerals and waste policies to see if it needs to allocate more sites to meet future demand.

Suffolk County Council’s planning strategy manager James Cutting told Planning: “It's time to review our minerals local plan.

“We need to update certain policy assumptions and consider if we need to allocate further sites in future.

“If we build more houses and roads, we are going to need more aggregates out of the ground, while growth across the county will also have waste implications.

“Our adopted plans already provide for quite considerable amounts of minerals to be taken from the ground.

"But we need to keep monitoring that to make sure we have enough supplies required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).”

The council looking to recruit a senior planning officer for minerals and waste policy to help start the review the mineral local plan.

“The new postholder will help us meet the challenges of maintaining our environment while providing for the growth that we need," Cutting said.

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