Policy MP12: Conventional and unconventional oil and gas development

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Object

Preferred Options consultation document

Representation ID: 98794

Received: 30/10/2019

Respondent: Historic England

Representation:

Amend bullet point b to include built, natural and historic before the word environment.

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Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan - Preferred Options Draft 2019

Thank you for consulting Historic England on the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan - Further Consultation Draft. As a statutory consultee, our role is to ensure that the conservation of the historic environment is fully integrated into planning policy and that any policy documents make provision for a positive strategy for the conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment.

Our comments below should be read with reference to our previous comments dated 31st August 2018. Please also see our detailed comments in the attached table, Appendix 1. [ATTACHED]

SUMMARY
Whilst we consider many aspects of the plan to be sound we have identified issues with some of the policies and site allocations which do compromise the overall soundness of the plan.

Under paragraph 35 of the NPPF some aspects of this Plan are unsound as they have not been positively prepared, are not justified, effective, or consistent with national policy. We have identified below some of the key areas where we find the Plan unsound and what measures are needed to make the Plan sound. In summary we highlight the following issues:

a) Insufficient Historic Environment Policy
It is our view that there is currently insufficient policy provision for the historic environment in the Plan. We note that the historic environment is addressed in bullet point l of policy MW2. We remain very concerned that criterion l does not provide sufficient protection for the historic environment. Normally we would expect to see a specific separate policy for the historic environment in a Minerals and Waste Local Plan. This policy is insufficient as it stands. Further detail is set out in the attached table.

b) AOS E and SIL2 - HIA
Whilst we welcome the completion of an HIA for AOSE and site SIL2, we have identified a number of shortcomings in the assessment, particularly the need to address non-designated heritage assets and the wider historic environment and inter-relationship between the various assets in this complex medieval landscape. Our concerns are set out in more detail in the attached table. We suggest that the HIA is revised accordingly to provide a robust evidence base for the Plan. We also suggest that the Plan should not simply mark areas with purple hatching that have been identified by the HIA as unsuitable for extraction, but actually delete those areas from the areas of search and site allocation in the Plan altogether.

c) Other allocations requiring further assessment/proportionate evidence
We have identified a number of site allocations where we continue to have concerns regarding the potential impact on the historic environment, perhaps due to proximity of heritage assets or the highly graded nature of some of these assets. These sites are set out in the attached table and include MIN65, MIN96, MIN213, MIN 209/10/11, MIN25 AND MIN40. For these sites we recommend an HIA is prepared now in advance of the next draft of the Plan. This should provide a robust evidence base for the plan. Any evidence needs to be proportionate, and need not necessarily be particularly onerous. .For most of these sites a fairly brief HIA will suffice. Our site allocations advice note <https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/historic-environment-and-site-allocations-in-local-plans/> provides further advice in this respect and we would be happy to discuss the matter further and advise on a suitable way forward.

d) MIN 207 Land at Pinkney Field, Briston
We recommend that site is deleted from the Plan due to the impact on the historic environment.

Further details of each of these main areas are set out in the attached table.
We have suggested a series of other changes to the Plan. Many of these changes do not go to the heart of the Plan's soundness, but instead are intended to improve upon it. We believe that these comments can be addressed by changes to wording in the plan.

Sustainability Appraisal
We do not have the capacity to review the Sustainability Appraisal report in any detail but did note on quickly skimming the report some surprising conclusions in the report. For example in relation to site MIN 40 - land east of Grandcourt Farm, East Winch where it was concluded that there would be 'No effects expected during the extraction phase' despite a grade II* listed church being located just 50m from the site boundary.

We consider that with such proximity there is likely to be some effects on the setting of this asset. On this brief observation we must question the some of the assessment in the SA.

In preparation of the forthcoming local plan, we encourage you to draw on the knowledge of local conservation officers, the county archaeologist and local heritage groups.

Please note that absence of a comment on a policy, allocation or document in this letter does not mean that Historic England is content that the policy, allocation or document is devoid of historic environment issues. We should like to stress that this response is based on the information provided by the Council in its consultation. To avoid any doubt, this does not affect our obligation to provide further advice and, potentially, object to specific proposals, which may subsequently arise as a result of this plan, where we consider that these would have an adverse effect upon the historic environment.

If you have any questions with regards to the comments made then please do get back to me. In the meantime we look forward to continuing to work with you and your colleagues.

Object

Preferred Options consultation document

Representation ID: 98873

Received: 30/10/2019

Respondent: West Winch parish council

Representation:

Unnatural disturbance of the Earth's geological structure and plates is caused by fracking. Unknown effects could be disastrous and harmful for communities. It is irresponsible and dangerous for the current and future population. Fracking will contribute to climate change so goes against all policies to lessen effects of unnatural 'actions', eruptions and earth tremors.
Fracking already taking place in the Country has caused several tremors, causing fear, alarm and distress to residents. This is a material effect on human health and well-being.

Questions asked by Norfolk County Councillor, Alexandra Kemp to NCC Cabinet.

West Norfolk is alarmed by the criteria-based Draft Waste Plan, which ....., endangers West Winch Growth Area by permitting prospecting for fracking ( page 90), erroneously ignoring prospecting always causes earthquakes.

Can Cabinet amend the Plan to ..... exclude fracking and prospecting for fracking?

West Winch Parish Council agrees with the County Councillor, Alexandra Kemp.

We do not need these policies which can cause more problems with emissions and climate change.

Policy WS07 Huge risks to human health and well-being and Air Quality page 17, para 5.18.

Policy MW2 Development Management Criteria
'Unacceptable impact on (a) to (m).

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Fracking
Unnatural disturbance of the Earth's geological structure and plates is caused by fracking. Unknown effects could be disastrous and harmful for communities. It is irresponsible and dangerous for the current and future population. Fracking will contribute to climate change so goes against all policies to lessen effects of unnatural 'actions', eruptions and earth tremors.
Fracking already taking place in the Country has caused several tremors, causing fear, alarm and distress to residents. This is a material effect on human health and well-being.

Incineration
West Norfolk is responsible for more than a quarter of the County's emissions
(Lynn News page 12 - 9 August 2019.)

To allow, or even think of putting incineration into policies, is blatantly going against democracy of the last King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Poll where 65,000 people voted against incineration and NCC wasted millions of pounds on an abandoned project. Efforts should be put into alternative methods of waste reduction and disposal, or re-use schemes.

Questions asked by Norfolk County Councillor, Alexandra Kemp to NCC Cabinet.
Following £34 million lost from Council's budget, with the cancellation of the infamous South Lynn incinerator contract for Planning Failure in 2014, Council agreed a No-Incineration-in-Norfolk Policy, ("Appendix M").

West Norfolk is alarmed by the criteria-based Draft Waste Plan, which fails to state our No-Incineration Policy, instead permissively lists forms of incineration ( page 56), endangers West Winch Growth Area by permitting prospecting for fracking ( page 90), erroneously ignoring prospecting always causes earthquakes.

Can Cabinet amend the Plan to state " in West Norfolk, where 65,000 people voted against incineration in the Borough Poll, applications for incinerators will not be permitted"; and exclude fracking and prospecting for fracking?

West Winch Parish Council agrees with the County Councillor, Alexandra Kemp.

We do not need these policies which can cause more problems with emissions and climate change.

Policy WS07 Huge risks to human health and well-being and Air Quality page 17, para 5.18.

Page 26 Presumption in favour of sustainable development is likely to breach 7.1 (b) Communities health....
'Presumption in favour ...' should be removed.

Policy MW2 Development Management Criteria
'Unacceptable impact on (a) to (m).

Page 28 Pollution and Local Amenity Impacts
Para 8.9 there should be no impact on human health - densely populated area King's Lynn and proposed massive development at South East King's Lynn (SEKL).
Para 8.20 mentions Ancient Woodland - This must also apply to historical Grazing Commons, especially in West Winch and North Runcton.

Historical Environment
Para 8.28 - King's Lynn has ancient historical buildings. Harmful emissions and fracking would affect these valued buildings which attract visitors and tourists, contributing major finance to the area's economy.

West Winch and North Runcton have protected sites of local value -
Reference - page 20, West Winch and North Runcton Neighbourhood Plan (Planning material consideration)
Plus, 2 sites of Special Scientific Interest, and
3 County Wildlife Sites, including West Winch Common.

Page 32 - Land and Soil Resources
Para 8.31 Agricultural Land, which should include Grazing Common Land, must all be protected from contamination to protect our food chain for the future of the whole Country.

Page 34 Cumulative Impacts
It is imperative that cumulative impacts are taken into account as too often measurements are only taken close to the proposed development. Cumulative measurements impact on human health.

Page 46 '.... Not considered necessary to allocate any waste management sites in the Plan' - which means these sites can be developed anywhere on industrial sites etc and they could be near to densely populated areas.
This should be scrutinised more closely and incineration must be deleted.

Page 46 Policy WP1 Hazardous -----
Norfolk County Council needs to keep tight control over hazardous waste received from other Waste Planning Authorities.

Page 48 Policy WP2 Distance
Distance of waste facilities needs to be considerably increased to safe levels for human health away from populated areas.

Object

Preferred Options consultation document

Representation ID: 98894

Received: 31/10/2019

Respondent: Mr & Mrs J & S Rands

Number of people: 2

Representation:

Fracking has been found to create more problems than the sponsors forecast and is being abandoned nationwide. Tremors in the Wash would seriously affect the existing ecology.

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Incineration in Kings Lynn, in particular adjacent to West Winch, is unacceptable.
The main objections are increased traffic volume and air pollution created by traffic exhaust fumes.

Fracking has been found to create more problems than the sponsors forecast and is being abandoned nationwide. Tremors in the Wash would seriously affect the existing ecology.

Object

Preferred Options consultation document

Representation ID: 98946

Received: 01/10/2019

Respondent: Pat & Jenny Baker

Number of people: 2

Representation:

I am concerned that the possibility of Fracking may be allowed in West Norfolk(or any part of Norfolk) This system would cause untold damages to our county and the people in it. I would like to hear what the councils position is on this or other sites

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I am concerned that the possibility of Fracking may be allowed in West Norfolk(or any part of Norfolk) This system would cause untold damages to our county and the people in it. I would like to hear what the councils position is on this or other sites