BMSDC Joint Local Plan Preferred Options (interactive)
Representation ID: 17305
Respondent: Horham and Athelington Parish Council
Horham and Athelington Parish Council requests 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.
Horham and Athelington are rural villages. We have just lost the Saturday shopping bus to Norwich and have only one bus in and out a day. We think that more people would use a bus service rather than use a car if they could get to Norwich/Ipswich at reasonable times.
We have a large proportion of elderly people residing in the villages who are benefiting from the services we provide in the community. We would like to see more affordable houses for young starters and retired elderly in suitable places near the heart of the village. We have two large houses unsold for two years, supporting the fact that there is no need for 4/5 bed houses in this rural location.
We are tackling speeding through the village by SID monitors but would hugely benefit from a re alignment of a slip road out of the village towards Denham. It has become a dangerous road.
We are asking for a Traffic survey to be done on the B1117 passing through the village due to the amount of heavy lorries using the route.
In common with other local villages we also wish 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. It is not currently an effective and therefore sound development plan on which to base future decision-making in Suffolk.
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.
MSDC has not yet paid any regard to giant processing plants on the vicinity especially considering the traffic implications for the villages en route.
With no policy for industrial food producing units there is no proper safeguard for the environment and air quality and the effect on tourism in the area.
MSDC also need to have plans in place to address breaches of planning applications for large production units.
MSDC are custodians of part of Suffolk and as such must represent and safeguard the health and well-being of the population,
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.
There are very limited economic benefits in terms of an extremely small workforce. Also, although the slaughter and processing plant requires a reasonable workforce, it would appear that this is mostly not fullfilled by permanent residents, and as such would not benefit the local economy much either.
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.