Lafarge lodge planning appeal
LAFARGE Redland Aggregates have lodged an appeal with the Planning Directorate against a decision by the Development Control Subcommittee to refuse them permission to develop a site at Redhouse Farm, Bucklesham, Suffolk.
The company had applied to extract 100,000 tonnes of sand and gravel from the 68ha site over a 15-year period. Lafarge's appeal claims that the council has acted against its own Mineral Local Plan, which identified the Bucklesham site as one where 'the county council will grant planning permission for sand and gravel working'.
Lafarge say the three reasons for refusal given in the decision notice cannot be supported by firm evidence on proper planning grounds, and that the 'supposed' objections have already been covered either by the Inspector during the public inquiry into the Minerals Local Plan, or by the council when it resolved to adopt the Plan.
Lafarge lands and planning manager Mark North said he was surprised that the councillors had ignored the advice of their professional officers and had made a decision which was inconsistent with the Mineral Local Plan. 'Against this background Lafarge believe that the council has acted unreasonably and we are applying for costs to be awarded against the council,' he said.