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MINERALS SITE ALLOCATIONS ISSUES AND OPTIONS DOCUMENT

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7.7 SOUTH NORFOLK MINERAL ALLOCATION SITES

The following parishes in South Norfolk have proposed mineral allocation sites or areas of search located in them:

  • Caistor St Edmund
  • Colton (listed under Marlingford)
  • Deopham
  • Ditchingham
  • Earsham
  • Easton
  • Haddiscoe
  • Hapton
  • Heckingham
  • Long Stratton
  • Marlingford
  • Morningthorpe
  • Norton Subcourse
  • Stoke Holy Cross
  • Swainsthorpe
  • Swardeston
  • Tharston
  • Wreningham
  • Wymondham

Site Reference No. MIN 24
Parish CAISTOR ST EDMUND
Location of site Land West of Stoke Road, Caistor St Edmund, Norwich Grid reference: 6232, 3055
Submitted by Stephen M Daw Ltd on behalf of Earsham Gravels Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 15.84
Estimate reserve (minerals) 890,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site.
View Comments (9) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It lies in the valley of the River Yare and consists of grazed meadows and one mown for hay. There are a number of drainage ditches, trees and an area of scrub. In the southern section, the land rises gently from the valley floor, grading upwards to the south-west. The Yare valley runs on a North-east-South-west axis here. This is predominantly low-lying grazed damp pasture. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base).
View Comments (6) Highways: - The site is accessed onto the undesignated C201 Old Stoke Road. It is about 800m northwards to the A146 Barrett Road a Principal route. The site proposals indicate a southbound route for 1.5km and then into the existing Caistor Quarry for processing and sale (where there is existing permanent planning permission for washing and screening sand and gravel). It is 2.5km from this site to the A140 / A47 (Principal route / Trunk Road) interchange via the undesignated C189 Markshall Farm Road. Northwards from Caistor quarry it is about 1.8km to the A146 Barrett Road (Principal route). An alternative route from the site or Caistor quarry to the A146 is via C190 White Horse Lane and C202/A1045 The Street/ Bracondale.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: - Two nationally important scheduled cropmarks of ancient ritual sites forming part of the belt extending from Arminghall henge to Markshall Hill would be affected by mineral extraction on this site.
Additional Information submitted: - The submission proposes that unsaleable sands and clays would be brought from Caistor quarry to restore the allocation site as a 'mosaic comprising areas of open water, all to be fringed with significant areas of reedbed.'
View Comments (12) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 2
Parish DEOPHAM
Location of site Hill Farm, Hackford, Wymondham, NR18 9HF Grid reference: 6052, 3019
Submitted by Mr M J Skidmore
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction
Size of site (hectares) 3.64
Allocation / Area of Search Area of search
Current planning status: - No current minerals or waste planning permission at the site.
View Comments (1) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It is a field of grass containing a small circular disused pit with a Willow beside it. Along the southern boundary is a screen belt of trees and hedgerow shrubs. To the north is an open plateau landscape of large arable fields which slope down towards the valley to the south. The valley landscape to the south is much more intimate in scale with more hedges and trees. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base).
No Comments Highways: - The site is located on the U78174, Gravel Pit Lane, a Soft Road. It is about 800m from the site to the B1108 Hingham Road which is a Main Distributor in the Route Hierarchy. This is via the C165 Hall Lane (a Local Access Route).
No Comments Archaeology: - Some archaeological investigation work needed, which could be required by a condition to planning consent.
View Comments (2) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 78
Parish DITCHINGHAM
Location of site Land off Norwich Road, Ditchingham, Near Norwich Grid reference: 6321, 2923
Submitted by David L Walker Chartered Surveyors on behalf of Lafarge Aggregates Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel), aggregate processing
Size of site (hectares) 25.12
Estimate reserve (minerals) 1,000,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site.
View Comments (73) Landscape and Ecology: - The site lies approximately 300 metres to the north of the Broads Authority boundary which has a designation equivalent to a National Park. Tindall Wood SSSI lies about 800m north of the site. It forms part of an area of undulating arable landscape with parkland and dispersed settlement. The arable land is interspersed with woodland belts and hedgerows. The allocation would have potential to affect protected species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (45) Highways: - The site is located on the B1332, Norwich Road, a Main Distributor route.
View Comments (18) Archaeology: - Archaeological work is already ongoing
View Comments (202) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 7
Parish EARSHAM
Location of site Land off A134, Park Farm, Earsham, Bungay Grid reference: 6309, 2882
Submitted by Stephen M Daw Ltd on behalf of Earsham Gravels Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel), concrete batching plant, aggregate processing, aggregate bagging
Size of site (hectares) 39
Estimate reserve (minerals) 2,352,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site. An active pit with planning permission for sand and gravel extraction lies immediately to the north east of the proposed allocation site.
View Comments (14) Landscape and Ecology: -The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. At its nearest point it lies approximately 1 km south west of the Broads Authority boundary which has a designation equivalent to a National Park. The site comprises two areas either side of the track to Park Farm. These are gravel terraces on the side of the Waveney Valley and are in arable cultivation and/or have been or are partly in use for outdoor pigs. The site lies between the more steeply sloping northern side of the Waveney valley and the valley floor. There is further farmland to the west. The valley side to the north west comprises a mix of arable, woodland and is settled with isolated large farms. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (5) Highways: - The site is located on the undesignated U76063, Pheasant Walk. It is up to 1km to the A143, Bungay Road, a Principal route, if an access is formed onto Pheasant Walk (although the site actually adjoins the A143).
View Comments (1) Archaeology: -Due to archaeological remains on the site of national/regional importance, a site investigation could be required before planning permission could be granted.
Additional Information submitted: - The submission proposes that an access is formed onto the A143. It is proposed that plant would be located at a lower level near to the park Farm industrial units. A 'restoration concept' has been submitted showing a mix of woodland, grassland and some open water. The site has also been submitted as a waste allocation (WAS 27).
View Comments (10) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 85
Parish EASTON
Location of site Extension to Costessey Quarry, Ringland Lane, Costessey Grid reference: 6137, 3122
Submitted by Cemex UK Operations Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 4.28
Estimate reserve (minerals) 250,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site. An active pit with planning permission for mineral extraction lies 1km to the south east of this site.
View Comments (5) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is within 400m of the River Wensum SSSI/SAC. It comprises open arable land contained by woodland set upon the wooded ridge between the Tud and Wensum valleys. The site lies within the wooded ridge known locally as Ringland Hills. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (6) Highways: - The site is located near to the undesignated U78219, Ringland Road. It is approx 1.2km to the roundabout where Ringland Road meets the A47 Trunk Road. The site proposals indicate a routing via off-highway haul routes to the plant site located just west of the U71340, Alex Moorhouse Way. It is anticipated that an existing river crossing would need to be utilised. From here the junction of the A47 Trunk Road and the A1074 Dereham Road (Principal Route) could be accessed via William Frost Way at a distance of approx. 800m.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: - Due to archaeological remains on the site of national/regional importance, an investigation would be required before planning permission could be granted..
Additional Information submitted: - In the submission it is proposed that an access route is proposed across the Tud valley which links to the access to the existing quarry at Easton.
View Comments (5) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 86
Parish EASTON
Location of site Extension to Costessey Quarry, Ringland Lane, Costessey Grid reference: 6141, 3121
Submitted by Cemex UK Operations Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 9.36
Estimate reserve (minerals) 650,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site. An active pit with planning permission for mineral extraction lies 800m to the south of this site.
View Comments (10) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is within 160m of the River Wensum SSSI/SAC. It comprises open arable land contained by woodland set upon the wooded ridge between the Tud and Wensum valleys. The site lies within the wooded ridge known locally as Ringland Hills. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (4) Highways: - The site is located near to the undesignated U78219, Ringland Road. It is approx 1.2km to the roundabout where Ringland Road meets the A47 Trunk Road. The site proposals indicate a routing via off-highway haul routes to the plant site located just west of the U71340, Alex Moorhouse Way. It is anticipated that an existing river crossing would need to be utilised. From here the junction of the A47 Trunk Road and the A1074 Dereham Road (Principal Route) could be accessed via William Frost Way at a distance of approx. 800m.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: - Due to archaeological remains on the site of national/regional importance, an investigation would be required before planning permission could be granted.
Additional Information submitted: - In the submission an access route is proposed across the Tud valley which links to the access to the existing quarry at Easton.
View Comments (4) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 87
Parish EASTON
Location of site Extension to Costessey Quarry, Ringland Lane, Costessey Grid reference: 6145, 3121
Submitted by Cemex UK Operations Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 5.69
Estimate reserve (minerals) 180,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site. An active pit with planning permission for mineral extraction lies 800m to the south of this site.
View Comments (6) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is within 320m of the River Wensum SSSI/SAC. It comprises open arable land contained by woodland set upon the wooded ridge between the Tud and Wensum valleys. The site lies within the wooded ridge known locally as Ringland Hills. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (4) Highways: - The site is located near to the undesignated U78219, Ringland Road. It is approx 1.2km to the roundabout where Ringland Road meets the A47 Trunk Road. The site proposals indicate a routing via off-highway haul routes to the plant site located just west of the U71340, Alex Moorhouse Way. It is anticipated that an existing river crossing would need to be utilised. From here the junction of the A47 Trunk Road and the A1074 Dereham Road (Principal Route) could be accessed via William Frost Way at a distance of approx. 800m.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: - No archaeological constraint known at present.
Additional Information submitted: - In the submission it is proposed that an access route is proposed across the Tud valley which links to the access to the existing quarry at Easton.
View Comments (6) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 25
Parish HADDISCOE
Location of site Land off B1136 Loddon Road, Manor Farm, Haddiscoe Grid reference: 6438, 2972
Submitted by Stephen M Daw Ltd on behalf of Earsham Gravels Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel), concrete batching plant, aggregate processing
Size of site (hectares) 24.79
Estimate reserve (minerals) 1,311,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site.
View Comments (113) Landscape and Ecology: - The site lies adjacent to the Broads Authority area which has a designation equivalent to a National Park. It comprises two parcels of arable land. The small parcel to the south of the B1136 is flat and very open. The large parcel to the north of the B road slopes gently down toward the north east and is surrounded by a belt of young trees. The area lies within a wider area of open arable landscape to the south of expansive areas of marshland on the Yare valley floor. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (79) Highways: - The site is located on the B1136, Loddon Road, a Main Distributor route.
View Comments (20) Archaeology: -Due to archaeological remains on the site of national/regional importance, a site investigation would be required before planning permission could be granted.
Additional Information submitted: - The submission indicates that the smaller southern area of land would become the plant site. Mineral will be transported from the northern site via a conveyor under the B1136. An access onto the B1136 would be formed in the north east corner of the smaller site. A 'restoration concept' has been submitted which shows a mix of grassland, woodland and open water. The site has also been submitted as a waste allocation (WAS 28).
View Comments (246) Any other issues or comments

HAPTON - see site MIN112 listed under THARSTON

Site Reference No. MIN 83
Parish HECKINGHAM and NORTON SUBCOURSE
Location of site Extension to Norton Subcourse Quarry, Loddon Road, Hales, NR14 6RY Grid reference: 6398, 2998
Submitted by Cemex UK Operations Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 4.67
Allocation / Area of Search Area of search
Current planning status: - This proposed allocation is within the boundary of a planning permission for mineral working, but this specific area of land is excluded from being extracted.
View Comments (5) Landscape and Ecology: - The site lies near to the Broads Authority area which has a designation equivalent to a National Park. It also lies about 1km west of Hardley Flood SSSI. It is not visible from surrounding roads but is bounded to the west and north by belts of trees and shrubs. Inspection of the aerial photographs suggests the site is arable land. It lies within a wider area of arable landscape forming a low ridge between Norton Subcourse and Nogdam End. The site bounds an existing area of mineral extraction to the south. The allocation would have the potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan Species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (5) Highways: - It is implied in the submission that access from the site will be via the existing Norton Subcourse Quarry haul route onto the undesignated U76356, Long Lane, and then onto the B1136, a Main Distributor route.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: - Archaeological work has already been done.
Additional Information submitted: - In the submission it is indicated by the landowner that the site could form an extension to the existing working.
View Comments (3) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 91
Parish HECKINGHAM and NORTON SUBCOURSE
Location of site Extension to Norton Subcourse Quarry, Loddon Road, Hales, NR14 6RY Grid reference: 6399, 2990
Submitted by Cemex UK Operations Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 9.69
Allocation / Area of Search Area of search
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission on the site. An active pit with planning permission for sand and gravel extraction adjoins the northern boundary of the site.
View Comments (7) Landscape and Ecology: - The western boundary of the site lies about 100m from the Broads Authority area which has a designation equivalent to a National Park. The site also lies about 1.2km south east of Hardley Flood SSSI. The site is open, gently undulating arable land, separated into two fields by a line of oaks and it lies within a wider area of undulating arable landscape. The allocation would have the potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan Species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (3) Highways: - It is implied in the submission that access from the site will be via the existing Norton Subcourse Quarry haul route onto the undesignated U76356, Long Lane, and then onto the B1136, a Main Distributor route.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: -Some archaeological investigation work is needed, which could be required by a condition to planning consent.
Additional Information submitted: - In the submission it is indicated by the landowner that the site could form an extension to the existing working.
View Comments (6) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 92
Parish HECKINGHAM
Location of site Extension to Norton Subcourse Quarry, Loddon Road, Hales, NR14 6RY Grid reference:6395, 2993
Submitted by Cemex UK Operations Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 11.32
Allocation / Area of Search Area of search
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission on the site. An active pit with planning permission for sand and gravel extraction lies to the east of the site.
View Comments (5) Landscape and Ecology: - The western boundary of the site lies adjacent to the Broads Authority area which has a designation equivalent to a National Park. The site also lies about 600m south east of Hardley Flood SSSI. The site is in gently undulating arable land divided into two fields by a line of mature oaks. It lies within the Tributary Farmland Landscape Type as defined by the South Norfolk draft Landscape Character Assessment. It lies within a wider area of arable landscape forming a low ridge between Norton Subcourse and Nogdam End. The allocation would have potential to affect protected species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (4) Highways: - It is implied in the submission that access from the site will be via the existing Norton Subcourse Quarry haul route onto the undesignated U76356, Long Lane, and then onto the B1136, a Main Distributor route.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: - Major archaeological work needed.
Additional Information submitted: - In the submission it is indicated by the landowner that the site could form an extension to the existing working.
View Comments (5) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 56
Parish LONG STRATTON and MORNINGTHORPE
Location of site Land to the North of the B1135 at Mill Farm, Tasburgh Grid reference: 6208, 2948
Submitted by Bidwells on behalf of G E Tuker deceased
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel), concrete batching plant, aggregate processing
Size of site (hectares) 11.65
Estimate reserve (minerals) 425,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site although part of the site was formerly permitted for sand and gravel extraction. About 300m east of the site there are two active waste management facilities.
View Comments (12) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It comprises an area of attractive gently undulating arable landscape (currently set a side) on the shoulder of the valley of a tributary of the River Tas. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (8) Highways: - The site is located on the B1527, Bungay Road, a Main Distributor route.
View Comments (1) Archaeology: - Due to archaeological remains on the site, of national/regional importance, a site investigation would be required before planning permission could be granted.
View Comments (10) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 54
Parish MARLINGFORD and COLTON
Location of site Land to the North of Bawburgh Road, Marlingford, Norwich Grid reference: 6134, 3095
Submitted by Bidwells on behalf of The Lombe Estate Trust
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel), concrete batching plant, aggregate processing
Size of site (hectares) 20.57
Estimate reserve (minerals) 735,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission on the site.
View Comments (5) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It is a plateau of agricultural land, used in part for pig farming. The land slopes downwards to the south and west. There is a block of woodland in the north-west corner and a number of individual trees within the site. The site is in rolling, mainly arable countryside. The River Yare is to the south of the site. Easton Agricultural College is to the north-east and its sports pitches are to the east of the site. The village of Marlingford is to the south-west and Easton is to the north. The allocation would have potential to affect protected species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base).
View Comments (7) Highways: - The site is located near to the undesignated C168, Marlingford Road to the west and the undesignated C162, Bawburgh Road to the south. The C168 is approximately 1.4km from the A47 and the C162 about 2.8km from the A47. Another option proposed in the submission is to create a haul road across the Yare valley to the undesignated C168 Mill Road which is 1-1.5km along Mill Road to the B1108, Watton Road, a Main Distributor route.
No Comments Archaeology: -Some archaeological investigation work needed, which could be required by a condition to planning consent.
Additional Information submitted: - According to the submission the haul route option put forward with the proposal 'may be varied' (see above).
View Comments (3) Any other issues or comments

MORNINGTHORPE - see site MIN56 listed under LONG STRATTON

Site Reference No. MIN 90
Parish NORTON SUBCOURSE
Location of site Extension to Norton Subcourse Quarry, Loddon Road, Hales Grid reference: 6405, 2994
Submitted by Cemex UK Operations Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 8.12
Allocation / Area of Search Area of search
Current planning status: - Part of this site has minerals planning permission but is a dormant site under the Environment Act 1995. An active pit with planning permission for sand and gravel extraction adjoins the southern boundary of the site.
View Comments (3) Landscape and Ecology: - The site lies 300m south of the Broads Authority area which has a designation equivalent to a National Park. It comprises open arable land close to the top of a ridge which then slopes to the north toward Nogdam End. The site consists of two fields separated by a line of hedgerow trees and lies within a wider area of arable landscape forming a low ridge between Norton Subcourse and Nogdam End. A public right of way bounds the site to the east. The allocation would have the potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan Species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (2) Highways: - It is implied in the submission that access from the site will be via the existing Norton Subcourse Quarry haul route onto the undesignated U76356, Long Lane, and then onto the B1136, a Main Distributor route.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: -Due to archaeological remains on the site, of national/regional importance, a site investigation would be required before planning permission could be granted.
View Comments (3) Any other issues or comments

NORTON SUBCOURSE - see site MIN83 listed under HECKINGHAM

NORTON SUBCOURSE -see site MIN91 listed under HECKINGHAM

Site Reference No. MIN 81
Parish STOKE HOLY CROSS
Location of site Land South of Mangreen Lane, Swardeston, Near Norwich Grid reference: 6219, 3029
Submitted by David L Walker Chartered Surveyors on behalf of Lafarge Aggregates Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 13.92
Estimate reserve (minerals) 955,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission on the site. Land immediately to the north has planning permission for sand and gravel extraction.
View Comments (29) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. The site consists of arable fields. They are fairly flat, falling away gently to the south and east. There is a hedge on the northern, western and southern boundaries and a copse of trees to the east, through which the access road to the electricity grid transforming station passes. The landscape is gently rolling arable countryside with good hedge and tree cover. The allocation would have potential to affect protected species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (31) Highways: - This site can be accessed via the A140, Ipswich Road, a Principal route.
View Comments (11) Archaeology: - Archaeological work is already in progress.
View Comments (53) Any other issues or comments

STOKE HOLY CROSS - see site MIN79 listed under SWAINSTHORPE

Site Reference No. MIN 53
Parish SWAINSTHORPE
Location of site Land to the West of Swainsthorpe and North East of Kenninghall, south of Norwich Grid reference: 6213, 3004
Submitted by Savills (L & P) Ltd on behalf of E B Gowing and Sons
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction
Size of site (hectares) 42.6
Allocation / Area of Search Area of search
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site.
View Comments (115) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It comprises a large area of arable fields to the south and west of the village of Swainsthorpe. Most of a woodland copse (Bloy's Grove) is within the site. It is bounded to the east by the railway line, which is partly embanked. The site is within an area of gently rolling arable countryside. The land slopes upwards to the site from the west and, to a lesser extent, north and slopes downwards to the site from the south and, to a lesser extent, east. The allocation would have potential to affect protected species or their habitats, and Biodiversity Action Plan species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (110) Highways: - The site is located near to the undesignated C179, Church Road, to the north and the undesignated, C194, Brick Kiln Lane, to the south. The former is approximately 850m from the A140 (Principal route) and the latter about 800m from the A140.
View Comments (37) Archaeology: -Some archaeological investigation work is needed, which could be required by a condition to planning consent.
View Comments (220) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 79
Parish SwainSthorpe and SWARDESTON and Stoke Holy Cross
Location of site Land North of Hickling Lane, Swardeston, Near Norwich Grid reference: 6214, 3019
Submitted by David L Walker Chartered Surveyors on behalf of Lafarge Aggregates Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 38.56
Estimate reserve (minerals) 1,750,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No mineral or waste planning permissions at the site.
View Comments (112) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It consists of four arable fields, with a woodland copse and tree belt linking a series of ponds through the centre of the site on a north-south axis from the southern edge to the centre of the site. This splits the site into three sections - northern, south-eastern and south-western. The land slopes gently downwards from west to east. The site is in attractive arable countryside, with a good tree cover from small broadleaf copses. The landform grades downwards to the south fairly prominently. A public bridleway runs along the western boundary and a road used as a public path along the southern one. A short stretch of country road goes close to the south-western border. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (76) Highways: - This site can be accessed via the A140, Ipswich Road, a Principal route.
View Comments (41) Archaeology: - Due to archaeological remains on the site, of national/regional importance, a site investigation would be required before planning permission could be granted.
View Comments (171) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 80
Parish SWARDESTON
Location of site Land South of Mangreen Hall Farm, Swardeston, Near Norwich Grid reference: 6216, 3026
Submitted by David L Walker Chartered Surveyors on behalf of Lafarge Aggregates Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel)
Size of site (hectares) 12.98
Estimate reserve (minerals) 760,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission on the site. Land 300m to the north has planning permission for sand and gravel extraction (not yet started).
View Comments (46) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. The site is a predominantly flat arable field. It has a native shrub belt on its boundaries. The area is one of gently rolling arable countryside. There is a public bridleway which runs along or close to the western boundary of the site. To the north is Mangreen Hall and Mangreen Hall Farm. The main Electricity Transformer station for Norwich is to the east. The allocation would have potential to affect protected species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (34) Highways: - This site can be accessed via the A140, Ipswich Road, a Principal route.
View Comments (18) Archaeology: - Archaeological work is already in progress.
View Comments (73) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 112
Parish THARSTON and HAPTON
Location of site Chamusca Farm, Bungay Road, Low Tharston, NR15 2YL Grid reference: 6186, 2957
Submitted by Martin Smith Partnership on behalf of Mr D G Brighton
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction
Size of site (hectares) 5.7
Allocation / Area of Search Area of search
Current planning status: - No mineral or waste planning permission on this site.
View Comments (1) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It comprises rolling arable farmland, crossed by hedges on the valley shoulder above the River Tas. A former small quarry lies on the southern edge of the site. The site lies within an area of undulating farmland on the edge of the Tas valley. Generally the land is in arable use although there is some cattle grazing on the higher land. The land is divided into relatively small fields by hedgerows and hedgerow trees. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (2) Highways: - The site lies alongside the undesignated U76126, Long lane. The A140, Norwich Road, a Principal route, lies 1.9km to the east. It is approached via the U76126 and then the C497.
No Comments Archaeology: - No archaeological constraint known at present.
View Comments (3) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 4
Parish WRENINGHAM
Location of site Land to the North of High Common Farm, Wreningham Grid reference: 6142, 2995
Submitted by Savills (L & P) Ltd
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction
Size of site (hectares) 23.33
Allocation / Area of Search Area of search
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site.
View Comments (3) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It is a large agricultural field with a stream running through it. A disused railway line also runs through the field, but there is little of it left. The site is in gently rolling arable countryside, characterised by large fields and large blocks of woodland. One such woodland block is to the east of the site. To the west are a collection of poultry sheds, screened by planting. The allocation would have potential to affect protected species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (3) Highways: - The site is located on the C186, Wymondham Road, a HGV Access route.
View Comments (1) Archaeology: - No archaeological constraint known at present.
View Comments (2) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 62
Parish WYMONDHAM
Location of site Strayground Lane, Wymondham Grid reference: 6109, 3007
Submitted by The Martin Smith Partnership
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel), concrete batching plant, asphalt plant, aggregate rail head
Size of site (hectares) 1.1
Estimate reserve (minerals) 18,500 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site. An active pit with planning permission for mineral extraction and inert landfill adjoins the northern boundary of the site.
View Comments (6) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. It contains three light industrial/agricultural buildings with close-mown grass around them. They are at a higher level than the road which forms the western boundary and the railway line to the south-east. The site is on the edge of Wymondham. To the west is a household waste recycling centre. To the north-east is a site in which a large-scale earth-moving operation is taking place. To the south is a patch of land which is at present rough grassland. Beyond the railway line is an area of arable, gently rolling farmland. The allocation would have potential to affect protected species or their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (5) Highways: - The site is located near to the U78307, Strayground Lane, a Soft Road.
View Comments (1) Archaeology: - No archaeological constraint known at present.
View Comments (12) Any other issues or comments

Site Reference No. MIN 70
Parish WYMONDHAM
Location of site Bridge Industrial Estate, Silfield Road, Wymondham Grid reference: 6112, 3006
Submitted by Mr G Mitchell
Proposed use/s Mineral extraction (sand and gravel), aggregate processing, aggregate railhead?
Size of site (hectares) 6.6
Estimate reserve (minerals) 300,000 tonnes
Allocation / Area of Search Allocation
Current planning status: - No current mineral or waste planning permission at the site. The northern boundary of the site lies adjacent to land allocated as employment land in the South Norfolk Local Plan. This allocation extends the Bridge Industrial Estate to the north which includes a planning permission for a waste transfer station and recycling centre..
View Comments (25) Landscape and Ecology: - The site is not within or in close proximity to any national nature conservation or landscape designations. The site is an area of gently rolling arable farmland which runs between a railway line to the west and a row of houses to the east. The site is on the southern edge of Wymondham. To the south are more gently rolling arable fields. Bridge Industrial Estate is to the north - a collection of warehouse style light industrial units. The allocation would have potential to affect Biodiversity Action Plan species and their habitats (refer to list in the evidence base of species identified).
View Comments (38) Highways: - The site is located near to the U78307, Strayground Lane, a Soft Road.
View Comments (2) Archaeology: - No archaeological constraint known at present.
Additional information submitted: - The submission refers to 'four possible accesses to the site'.
View Comments (60) Any other issues or comments

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