Appendix 12 - Glossary
Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Pre-Submission Publication
Representation ID: 99542
Respondent: Dr L David Ormerod
Legally compliant? No
Duty to co-operate? No
These comments are limited to the Single-issue Silica Sand Site Selection process. It is of considerable concern when the NMW Local Plan policies accommodate a clear avoidance of the public interest.
NPPF paragraphs 98 and 99 are quoted.
As the recreational jewel of West Norfolk within a badly scarred regional environment with a local road system unsuitable for recreational pursuits, and where no realistic alternatives exist, it is surprising that the proposition of AOS E as a silica sand extraction candidate survived for so long. I believe that the Shouldham Warren should have been declared off-limits to all development. including mineral developments, as it provides an absolutely unique and traditional environment for West Norfolk country recreation.
1.The initial task is to convince N.C.C. that public land-use issues must always be respected in silica sand extraction site negotiations in particular, and in mineral and waste site negotiations in general. It is the law. How can the public interest be totally disregarded in a major Local Plan? This fails to pass the notions of "legal compliance" and of administrative "soundness."
2. The main problem with public representation involves the failure to recognize the long-term public recreational land-use interest in Shouldham Warren, part of AOS E.
Soundness tests: Not effective, not positively prepared, not consistent with national policy.
20. Local "Amenity": this term is used frequently throughout the detailed planning documents, e.g Policy M.51.1: Amenity. It is used in these documents almost exclusively to mean the amenity of the land within the village boundaries, whereas this restriction is not supported in the National Planning Policy Framework. Amenity should also include the local landforms provided for recreational pursuits and other open-access areas. May I suggest this important change? It would also be useful in the Sustainability Appraisals and Scoping Reports.