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Comment

BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)

Representation ID: 17396

Received: 27/09/2019

Respondent: Denham Parish Council

Representation:

Denham Parish Council welcomes its inclusion in the Local Plan as a Hamlet, and looks forward to housing development proposals being defined and constrained by Policy SP03, within the development boundary on page 323 of the draft plan. The Parish Council has no argument with the boundaries proposed.
However the Council wishes to highlight a significant omission in the draft Joint Local Plan. Our concerns centre on our recognition of the recent growth in intensive industrial poultry farming. There is no reference to or guidance in respect of intensive industrial livestock production in the draft Local Plan.

Full text:

Denham Parish Council welcomes its inclusion in the Local Plan as a Hamlet, and looks forward to housing development proposals being defined and constrained by Policy SP03, within the development boundary on page 323 of the draft plan. The Parish Council has no argument with the boundaries proposed.
However the Council wishes to highlight a significant omission in the draft Joint Local Plan which must be addressed for the Plan to be a workable tool and sound guide for future development in Suffolk.
In common with other local Parishes, our concerns centre on our recognition of the recent growth in intensive industrial poultry farming. There is no reference to or guidance in respect of intensive industrial livestock production in the draft Local Plan.
The nearest guidance on this issue is LP21: Change in land use for Equestrian or Other animal/rural Land Base Uses, in particular 15.39. However, this section in no way deals with the conversion of arable land to intensive poultry or pig production or the expansion and further intensification of existing poultry or pig units and sites.
We are supportive of the necessity to enable economic development in the area and we welcome statements about economic development being suitable, appropriate and sustainable. However, we believe that the proliferation of intensive factory farming will undermine the economic progress which is proposed, through its financial, social and environmental cost.
The road network will struggle to cope with the increase in heavy traffic, villages will suffer traffic congestion and air quality and living conditions will deteriorate as a result. Such development also has the very real potential to give rise to substantial and adverse transformation of the valued landscape and the visual environment of rural Suffolk.
All aspects of pollution related to intensive animal production call into question statements of commitment to health and well-being, promotion of tourism, sustainable housing development and the protection and enhancement of environmental assets.
Air pollution problems caused by intensive units will intensify, making it more difficult to fulfil the Local Plan’s objectives to support strong and healthy communities and to protect the environment.
Furthermore, there is no regard to the concentration and cumulative effects of multiple developments in rural areas, which contradicts any intent to protect the environment.
We want a development plan that addresses these issues, gives clear guidance to residents, developers and Planners and looks to a wider, joined-up approach to planning.
As it stands, there is a basic tension between the thrust for economic growth and the commitment to an environmentally sound vision for Mid Suffolk.
We therefore request that express policy guidance be provided within the draft Plan concerning intensive agricultural operations. The objective of such guidance should be to control the unrestricted growth of development within this sector and set out considerations against which such development should be considered, having regard to the wide range of impacts which such development generates.