CPRE on Food Hub and GNLP

Ian Sheperd has written to the Eastern Daily Press on behalf of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Norfolk branch,  regarding the Food Hub and Consultation on a Local Development Order at Easton:

On behalf of CPRE Norfolk

The EDP reports (14 January) that the average household throws away £470 of edible food a year, amounting to 7m tonnes of waste. We also now hear in the media reports that the greatest health risk to the nation is death by obesity.

With the coming of Brexit and the dismantling of the Common Agricultural Policy there is general agreement that there will be major changes in agriculture policies and farming support. This must be taken as an opportunity to look also at the food chain as a whole, including the underlying social issues as above;  and the environmental issues that have been with us for decades in agriculture, in particular we suggest our  soil and water resources.

However the growth mind set continues along the lines of intensification in farming and the food chain. A prime example is an application west of Easton for a 19 hectares Food Hub site. Users   could include producers, processors, retailers and/or manufacturers. Other uses could be for storage and distribution of agricultural crops and products; agricultural equipment, machinery and supplies; and livestock. The application is with Broadland Council, consultation open to the 20th February. It is in the form of a Local Development Order, which is designed to seek economic growth through a fast track process with minimal planning constraints.

If the application is approved it will industrialise this rural site. It will generate very high levels of HGV movements. It will be levered into the Greater Norwich Local Plan being progressed now; it will be used to pump up a case for a link road across the Wensum Valley.  This is not a routine planning application.

Ian Shepherd. On behalf of CPRE Norfolk


Greater Norwich Development Partnership: 30th January 2017

The papers for the next meeting of the Greater Norwich Development Partnership on 30th Jan 2017 can be found here. The meeting starts at 9:30am (not 2pm as past meetings) at Council Chamber, Broadland District Council, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU.

Details of other GNDP meetings can be found here.

Please contact simeon@simeonjackson.co.uk if there are other pieces of information relevant to this meeting that ought to be included on this page.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

The GNLP’s Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report is currently going through the constituent councils of the GNLP area for approval.  The purpose of the report is to satisfy the first part of the government’s sustainability appraisal process, outlined on the government’s website here. Quoting from that website:

The scoping stage (Stage A) must identify the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the sustainability appraisal report. It should set out the context, objectives and approach of the assessment; and identify relevant environmental, economic and social issues and objectives.

Although the scoping stage is a requirement of the process, a formal scoping report is not required by law but is a useful way of presenting information at the scoping stage. A key aim of the scoping procedure is to help ensure the sustainability appraisal process is proportionate and relevant to the Local Plan being assessed.

A consultation has been conducted on a draft of the document and as a result of the representations made by organisations and individuals there have been various changes, which can be seen within this tracked changes version of the document.

This morning, Norwich City Council’s Sustainable Development Panel was presented with this report, which includes a summary of the development of the report, as well as responses to representations made.  The Green Party councillors present (Councillor Jackson and Councillor Grahame) commented that the document was still inadequate in many ways, but were glad that some changes had been made to improve it (largely as a result of Green Party representations).  They made some specific suggestions where wording is currently ambiguous, or where the points made by representations hadn’t actually been reflected in changes to the document.  These changes will be collated into an additional report to Norwich City Council’s cabinet.

If you have further information regarding the development of the GNLP’s Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, please email simeon@simeonjackson.co.uk for him to add to this post.