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Incinerator and the new planning system

Two things here.

First one; the correct CC officer has contacted us and
given us the run down on what is to happen over what the CC are trying to
get done with the millions they are trying to waste of our money.

The media have got them selves excited that the incinerator, or the haul
road into it are about to be started. Wrong.
Firstly there are 18 separate planning conditions which have to both be in
place and signed off before any person can even put a spade in the ground.
All the documents to do with this, it is quite a lot, will be sent out to
all the consulates next week, they hope.
The consulates are; rule 6 parties, CWFSDB, parish councils, the EA, NE,
Highways, archaeology, I would also think water, gas, and electricity, they
then are given 21 days for comments to go back to CC planning department.
If all the consulates agree with everything, and no one upsets the apple
cart. Work could or may start on the haul road, on or around the second
week in September.
REMEMBER no work can or is legally permitted to start on any of the land
before these documents are legally signed off by the correct officer at
county hall.
This is a very tight schedule, which can not be got around legally.
Remember the slow worms, so a very close watch has to be kept on everything
that is going on around the haul road and site area.

The second part of this email is from Ralph and Paul Mobbs and is on the new
planning laws which may be coming into fruition for us, I do not know if
they would effect this project, but it is best that we all have them.

Dyw genes
Elizabeth Hawken

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Mobbs
Date: 2 August 2011 21:49
Subject: Bigger Alert! -- corporations just re-wrote the planning system

Hi all,
Sorry, but I really don't know where to begin here. I've been going through
this for the last 2 hours and all I see is trouble.

Yesterday the Department for Communities issues the draft National Planning
Policy Framework, intended to replace existing planning guidance:

There is also a consultation report:

...and a summary:

...but as far as I can see the summary doesn't even begin to address the
details contained in the draft. Perhaps the best way of understanding this
to view the press notice:

"Dramatic simplification of planning guidance to encourage sustainable
The idea is to promote, through planning, a presumption in favour of
"sustainable development". At this point all those environmentalists who've
been working with the establishment on things like "green growth" or
"sustainable consumption" should run away in shame because their idea of
constitutes "sustainable" is so absurd that no-one in their right mind could
possibly swallow this (although I suspect that a lot of them will, purely
the money).

It would take me at least a week to produce a detailed analysis of this, and
don't have it. To wet your appetite (or rage?) let me instead list you a few
lines fom the draft National Planning Policy Framework document --
Basically, their idea of "sustainable" is to build, dig and develop as much
possible as quickly as possible. E.g.:

[page v] "So sustainable development is about positive growth – making
economic, environmental and social progress for this and future generations.
The planning system is about helping to make this happen. Development that
sustainable should go ahead, without delay - a presumption in favour of
sustainable development that is the basis for every plan, and every
This framework sets out clearly what could make a proposed plan or
unsustainable. "

[page 3] "For the planning system delivering sustainable development means:
planning for prosperity (an economic role) – use the planning system to
a strong, responsive and competitive economy, by ensuring that sufficient
of the right type, and in the right places, is available to allow growth and
innovation; and by identifying and coordinating development requirements,
including the provision of infrastructure"

[page 3/4] "The Government is committed to ensuring that the planning system
does everything it can to support sustainable economic growth. A positive
planning system is essential because, without growth, a sustainable future
cannot be achieved. Planning must operate to encourage growth and not act as
an impediment. Therefore, significant weight should be placed on the need to
support economic growth through the planning system."

[page 16] "Local planning authorities should consider using Local
Orders to relax planning controls for particular areas or categories of
development, where the impacts would be acceptable, and in particular where
this would boost enterprise and growth."

[page 20] "Planning policies should support sustainable economic growth in
rural areas by taking a positive approach to new development. Planning
strategies should maintain a prosperous rural economy including policies to:
# support the sustainable growth of rural businesses
# promote the development and diversification of agricultural businesses;
# support sustainable rural tourism and leisure developments that benefit
businesses, communities and visitors and which respect the character of the
countryside. This should include supporting the provision and expansion of
tourist and visitor facilities in appropriate locations where identified
are not met by existing facilities in rural service centres."

[page 21] "To this end, the objectives of transport policy are to:
# facilitate economic growth by taking a positive approach to planning for
development; and
# support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and congestion, and promote
accessibility through planning for the location and mix of development."

[page 22] "When planning for ports, airports and airfields that are not
to a separate national policy statement, planning policies should consider
their growth and role in serving business, leisure, training and emergency
service needs. In doing this, planning policies should take account of this
Framework as well as the principles set out in the relevant national policy
statements and the Government Framework for UK Aviation."

[page 24] "Local planning authorities should not impose a ban on new
telecommunications’ development in certain areas, impose blanket Article 4
directions over a wide area or wide range of telecommunications development
insist on minimum distances between new telecommunications development and
existing development."

[page 26] "Minerals are essential to support sustainable economic growth. It
is therefore important that there is a sufficient supply of material to
the infrastructure, buildings, energy and goods that the country needs.
...ensure security of supply of industrial and energy minerals to support
their likely use in manufacturing processes and energy generation taking
account of any national forecasts of requirements and the importance of
avoiding local as well as wider scarcity of supply..."

[page 28] "when planning for on-shore oil and gas development, clearly
distinguish between the three phases (exploration, appraisal and production)
and address constraints on production and processing within areas that are
licensed for oil and gas exploration or production"

[page 29] "For the extraction of coal, there should be a presumption against

[page 31] "The presumption in favour of sustainable development means that
Local Plans should be prepared on the basis that objectively assessed
development needs should be met... Planning permission should be granted
relevant policies are out of date, for example where a local authority
demonstrate an up-to-date five-year supply of deliverable housing sites."

I think that should give you a general picture of these new policy

I learnt my way around the planning and pollution control systems in the
mid/late 1980s. At that time the whole system was still reeling from the
impacts of Nicholas Ridley. This is essentially where I see this policy
heading. I thought that the whole plan-led policy system was knobbled under
Bliar... this is much worse.

I think you'll find -- even in the government's Sutainable Development
Commission before it was abolished last year -- that any policy that
concentrates purely on growth cannot be "sustainable". Even so, the whole
purpose of this policy framework is to maximise the level of development in
order to create growth.

Anyhow, as I said at the beginning, this is such a major change that it's
going to take some time to look at the implications of it all. If anyone
is interested in doing something please get in touch -- and by "doing
something" I don't mean writing a strongly worded objection (I think we can
a little more creative than that).


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nor are we for this party nor against the other but we are
for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom,
that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness,
righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with
God, and with one another, that these things may abound."
(Edward Burrough, 1659 - from 'Quaker Faith and Practice')

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