StoPit Planning Application Objections

5th July 2014 - Appeal Dismissed: What it means when we say WE WON!

Dear Reader,

Considering the seriousness of the statement from the chairman below, we thought it might be good to explain a little more about what has gone on and what this really means...

An overview:
In October 2011 Earsham Gravels had applied for planning permission to run a gravel pit in Haddiscoe. This was refused at the hearing on Friday 25th January 2013, effectively saying No!
On 22nd August 2013 Earsham Gravels had then applied for an appeal against the Council Planning Committee decision. This was heard over three days from 21st May 2014 followed by a site inspection by an independent Government Planning Inspectorate Inspector on 11th June 2014.
Yesterday, 4th July 2014, that appeal was dismissed. It therefore upholds the original decision made by the Council Planning Committee in August 2013. Again, effectively saying No!

What does this mean and what now?:
It means that Earsham Gravel have been told a second time that it is unacceptable to run a gravel pit at Haddiscoe village and they are unable to do this.
They are allowed to appeal further though, but this does mean they have to put a case to Her Majesty's High Court of Justice, one of the highest courts in the land. This is both expensive and very serious as the court has jurisdiction over all subordinate courts and tribunals in England and Wales. The final date for that application is 6 weeks from the last decision, in this case Friday 14th August 2014.
Professional opinion is that this is an unlikely event (though possible) and therefore we believe that gravel extraction in Haddiscoe is now also an unlikely event.
Additionally, any future application to extract gravel will naturally bring this application, its appeal, and its refusal back to light and therefore also could set a precedence for the future too.

A copy of the Covering Letter from the Planning Inspectorate can be downloaded HERE (PDF file 51KB).

A copy of the full 12 page Decision Notice from the Planning Inspectorate Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, can be downloaded HERE (PDF file 129KB).

4th July 2014 - Appeal Dismissed

Please see the below update from your StoPit chairman (Rory Kelsey) to all members:

Dear StoPit Member,

The Planning Inspector has dismissed Earsham Gravel's appeal.
A copy of the Decision Notice can be downloaded HERE (PDF file 129KB).

Thank you to all who contributed to this fight,our legal team did an excellent job at the hearing and the results speak for themselves. We can rest easy for a while without the treat of the pit hanging over us.

Yours sincerely

Rory Kelsey StoPit Chairman

27th May 2014 - Appeal update

Please see the below update from your StoPit chairman (Rory Kelsey) to all members:

Dear StoPit Member,

First a big thank-you to all those members who attended and especially those hardy souls who managed all three days.

The first day ran until after 6.00pm and the Thursday and Friday sessions ran from 9.30 to 5.30 with three short breaks. Evidence and questioning took most of this time and as a consequence the site visit by the Inspector has been postponed until June 11th.

The County Council put an effective case and they were forcefully supported by our association. All those StoPit members who attended were of the opinion that our funds had been put to good use and our legal team were first rate. At this stage I would be foolish to predict the result but I am confident we have done all that was possible to fight this development.

We will be represented at the site visit by Martin Mears, Wendy Alford and myself.

We understand that the Inspector will deliver his report and decision four to six weeks after the site visit.

Yours sincerely

Rory Kelsey StoPit Chairman

2nd May 2014 - Appeal confirmed 21st May 2014, PLUS free bus for members

Please see the below note from your StoPit chairman (Rory Kelsey) to all members:

Dear StoPit Member,

The Public enquiry about the Haddiscoe pit will open at County Hall at 10.00am on Wednesday 21st May. It is scheduled to last three days.

As you know this is the appeal against the County Councils decision to refuse planning permission for the pit. StoPit will be represented at the enquiry by Edward Grant (barrister) and Phillip Hughes (planning consultant). In addition, Wendy Alford and I will be making statements on behalf of the Parish and Stopit.

It is important that we can show the same strong public support as we had at the planning meeting back in January 2013.To that end we will provide a Free bus for StoPit Members.

The bus will leave from the Village Hall at 9.00a.m. on each day. If you would like a seat on the bus please contact me either by email rory.kelsey@btinternet.com or by phone 01502 677525.

Yours sincerely

Rory Kelsey StoPit Chairman

23rd January 2014 - New Appeal Date - 21st May 2014

Further to the previous communication (below), we have been told the new date for the Appeal against the County Councils decision to refuse planning for the pit at Haddiscoe is Wednesday 21st May. at 10.00am. in County Hall. Three days have been set aside and it may go on until Friday 23rd May.

Everybody who has registered an objection in the past will be notified in writing by Norfolk County Council.

Additionally, we have appointed a legal team and are in discussions on the best way forward to ensure a successful outcome

22nd August 2013 - Earsham Gravel Appeal against planning committee decision on No quarry in Haddiscoe

In January this year StoPit persuaded Norfolk County Council to refuse permission for the pit and concrete batching plant at Haddiscoe. We warned at the time that this may not be the end of the matter and Earsham Gravel could appeal the decision.

Earsham Gravel has now lodged an appeal against the NCC decision. The appeal will be held before a Planning Inspector. Earsham propose to cross examine four witnesses in support of their appeal. NCC have set aside 3 days for the appeal, 8th - 10th October 2013 21st - 23rd May 2014 in the Council Chamber of County Hall. NCC will be represented by a locum solicitor.

StoPit, as an interested party, have requested permission to speak at the Inquiry and have lodged a Statement of Case with the Inspector. This will be adjusted and submitted as a “Proof of Case”. It is the only way we get to question their witnesses at the hearing. Although the appeal is against the County Council and not StoPit, the StoPit committee and our legal advisers don’t feel that the County Council have either the will or the resources to fight this appeal properly.

The planning enquiry is more like a court of law where witnesses can be cross examined; to do this we will need a barrister with expertise in planning.
This is going to be costly but we have won the argument at every stage so far and we need to see this through to the end, if we win at the appeal then a pit in Haddiscoe is finally over.
At this point the legal planning process would then be complete and, excepting a significant breach of law, the planning decision is final.

We need to raise a further £13,500 to add to our funds. We already have £4,000 in pledges. So if you are serious in wanting to save our village from this pit please dig deep. You can contribute by credit transfer to our bank account: Haddiscoe StoPit; Sort Code: 20-92-08; Account No.: 13418782 or by contacting a committee member.

If you need to know more; ring me on 01502 677525.
Rory Kelsey

25th January 2013 - Council planning committee vote AGAINST quarry in Haddiscoe

Today, Friday 25th January 2013 at about 3pm we received, from the County Council Planners, a unanimous decision AGAINST the proposed quarry in Haddiscoe village.
On behalf of the StoPit Committee we would like to thank you all for the support and dedication shown by many of the villagers and friends of Haddiscoe.

Congratulations Haddiscoe!

What happens next? It is a possibility that Earsham Gravel will appeal. If they do, as ever, we will let you know the process, our involvement and any outcome.
In the meantime, why not go and wander around our beautiful village - one that is very unlikely to have another pit in its midst...

The committee and friends celebrate outside County Hall
The committee and friends celebrate outside County Hall

Click HERE to read the EDP article (link may fail after a time)

Click HERE (PDF, 2.5MB) to read the Planning Regulatory Committee Minutes of the Meeting Held on 25 January 2013 - What was said and shown, what the arguments were, and what was agreed.

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Take 2: Planning Application RE-CONFIRMED - WE NEED YOU!

NOW is the time to prepare to show your colours!.

Plans are intended to go before the Norfolk County Council planning committee: You have only

This is our time – we have been fundraising and campaigning for this day!
We would like a big turn-out to show our opposition as this hearing may seal our fate for at least the next 25 years.
So that as many as possible can attend, we will have a coach from Haddiscoe village hall on Friday 25th January from Midday and leaving at about 1pm.
The meeting should start at 2pm and people should be returned to the village before 4pm.
If you would like to use the FREE coach facility, please contact Tim Haycock direct on 01502 677374 or 07770 666588 or e-mail tim[at]marexcon.com (or Contact the Webmaster (Andy Palmer)) so we can ensure we have enough room!
Forward this e-mail to your neighbours, discuss at the school gates / community groups & meetings and let’s rally-round – this may be our last chance.

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See the Chairmans letter updated on 12th June 2012

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Updated - Current Situation, June 2012.

Please see the Chairmans letter describing that the final consultation is now underway and will close at the end of this month. The plan could go before the Norfolk County Council planning committee as early as Friday 27th July, or more likely, Friday 7th September. In any event we will only get seven days notice.!

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Letter from StoPit Chairman.

Below is the letter sent to Members on 13/06/2012

Dear StoPit Member,

The end is nigh!

The final consultation is underway and will close at the end of this month. The plan could go before the Norfolk County Council planning committee as early as Friday 27th July, or more likely, Friday 7th September.
In any event we will only get seven days notice!

If you registered an objection in the last round, you will still be considered as an objector and should receive notification of the meeting, even if you do not respond to this round.

The proposer’s latest tweak to the plan can be seen at: http://eplanning.norfolk.gov.uk/PlanAppDisp.aspx?AppNo=C/7/2011/7020

The Parish Council have reinforced their objections on this site following an extra meeting on 6th June. StoPit’s latest response is also published and has been sent to NCC.

We have the continued support of our District Councillor, William Kemp, and our County Councillor, Tony Tomkinson.

If you want to make further comments, then go to: Norfolk County Council, Environment, Transport, Development, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR21 2UD and quote planning reference C/7/2011/7020 or email mawp@norfolk.gov.uk

We want as many as possible to attend the planning meeting so keep Friday 27th July and Friday 7th September free. The meetings start at 10.00am in County Hall. We will organise transport for those who need it.

Additionally, we are planning an AGM of StoPit on Monday 3rd September after 7pm at the village hall.


Yours sincerely


Rory Kelsey
Chairman, Haddiscoe StoPit Association

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Overview - Current Situation, December 2011.

Take a good look at the Chairmans letter below as well as the tips on letter writing to get a clearer picture of where we stand today. However, in summary:
Earsham Gravel have submitted a planning application to work the same land as originally proposed in the Council Strategy for Gravel and Waste. They have made a few amendments (moved the concrete batching further away from St. Mary's Church, put extra trees in to screen the works etc.). The Council Strategy deemed this site as "unacceptable", yet this application has gone forward to the Council planning committee.
IT IS NOT GUARANTEED THAT THIS WILL BE OPPOSED BY THE PLANNERS! It is a separate application, though common sense expects a similar process and outcome, this may not be the case.
In order to ensure the process is followed in an acceptable way, anyone opposing the planning application must disagree IN WRITING direct to the planning committee refering to our reference C/7/2011/7020. DO NOT write elsewhere or contact them directly, any influences deemed as intimidating will not help.
Our representatives from the local and district councils, as well as our parish committee, are fully behind opposing this plan with us. They would love to be informed too, so send copies to them as well, it all helps. You are also able to comment online, have a look at the links below.
NOW is the time for action! Write today!

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Letter from StoPit Chairman.

Below is the letter sent to Members on 22/11/2011

Dear StoPit Member,

Earsham Gravel have, submitted a planning application for gravel extraction and concrete making at Haddiscoe. The application was made in October 2011 and Norfolk County Council (NCC) are consulting all interested parties before presenting this application to the NCC planning committee. This consultation period could take up to 16 weeks. But it is likely to go to the planning committee for a decision in early 2012.

The plan submitted is, in all essentials, the same one we successfully got listed as a “not acceptable” site in the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local development framework which has now been adopted as County Council policy and was shown in Earsham Gravel’s exhibition in the village hall last year.

We will be opposing it vigorously, but many voices are more powerful than one. We have secured the continued support of, our District Councillor, William Kemp, and our County Councillor, Tony Tomkinson. Their contact details are on this letter and it is important that they get as many letters or emails as possible.


The Parish Council should discuss this matter at their meeting on Monday 5th. December at 7.30pm.

Parish Council meetings are open to the public and although it is unlikely that you will be invited to speak it would be important to be there.

If you want more details of the application, they are on the County Council website at http://eplanning.norfolk.gov.uk/PlanAppDisp.aspx?AppNo=C/7/2011/7020.

Stopit committee members have copies of it on disc, or contact Robert Webb at Norfolk County Council. Mr. Webb is the case officer for this application. His direct dial number is 01603 228959 and the case reference is C/7/2011/7020.

So make your comments to:

  • Norfolk County Council, Environment, Transport, Development, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH quoting planning reference C/7/2011/7020.
  • Haddiscoe Parish Council c/o Sarah Daines, Clerk to Haddiscoe Parish Council. Chestnut Tree Barns, High Street, Ilketshall St. Margaret, Bungay, NR35 1NA.
  • William Kemp: 4 Drover's Rest, Kirstead Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR15 1EW.
    Home tel: 01508 558825 email: wkemp@s-norfolk.gov.uk.
  • Tony Tomkinson, 10 Wherry Close, Chedgrave, Norwich, NR14 6LS.
    Telephone: 01508 520771 email: tony.tomkinson@norfolk.gov.uk.

We will keep you informed of developments and especially of the date of the NCC planning committee meeting, which we hope as many as possible can attend.


Yours sincerely


Rory Kelsey
Chairman, Haddiscoe StoPit Association

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External Web links to Planning documents and other info.

Here are some links that take to places on the web which may help you.

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Who to write to.

These are the people you should contact quoting planning reference C/7/2011/7020. Write in this order of preference, though all would like letter!

Robert Webb,
Case Officer for planning reference C/7/2011/7020,
Norfolk County Council,
Environment, Transport and Development,
County Hall,
Martineau Lane,
Norwich,
NR1 2DH.

Tony Tomkinson,
Norfolk County Councillor,
10 Wherry Close,
Chedgrave,
Norwich,
NR14 6LS.
Telephone: 01508 520771
email: tony.tomkinson@norfolk.gov.uk
web: http://tonytomkinson.wordpress.com.

William Kemp,
District Councillor for Haddiscoe (Thurlton Ward),
4 Drover's Rest,
Kirstead Green,
Norwich,
Norfolk,
NR15 1EW.
Home tel: 01508 558825
email: wkemp@s-norfolk.gov.uk.

Haddiscoe Parish Council,
c/o Sarah Daines, Clerk to Haddiscoe Parish Council.
Chestnut Tree Barns,
High Street,
Ilketshall St. Margaret,
Bungay,
NR35 1NA.

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How to write - Example Letter 1.

You can use this example letter as a basis of you own letter.
Highlight it in your browser and copy it (Control+C or right click and Copy), then paste it into a word processing application (such as Microsoft Word).
Remember to replace the italics with your own details!

your house number / name here
your street here
Haddiscoe
Norfolk
your postcode here

Mr. R. Webb, Case Officer
Norfolk County Council,
Environment, Transport and Development
County Hall,
Martineau Lane,
Norwich,
NR1 2DH.

Todays date here

Reference: Planning application C/7/2011/7020

Dear Mr Webb,

I object to the proposal to extract, process, bag and sell sand and gravel with concrete batching on Manor Farm land in Haddiscoe by Earsham Gravels Ltd.

This pit is unnecessary and outside the county strategy plan for waste and minerals.

It is sited too near Haddiscoe village and will spoil residents’ quiet enjoyment of the countryside.


Yours sincerely


Your Name here


Your signature here

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How to write - Example Letter 2.

You can use this example letter as a basis of you own letter.
Highlight it in your browser and copy it (Control+C or right click and Copy), then paste it into a word processing application (such as Microsoft Word).
Remember to replace the italics with your own details!

your house number / name here
your street here
Haddiscoe
Norfolk
your postcode here

Mr. R. Webb, Case Officer
Norfolk County Council,
Environment, Transport and Development
County Hall,
Martineau Lane,
Norwich,
NR1 2DH.

Todays date here

Reference: Planning application C/7/2011/7020

Dear Mr Webb,

I object to the proposal to extract, process, bag and sell sand and gravel with concrete batching on Manor Farm land in Haddiscoe by Earsham Gravels Ltd for the following reasons:

  • This pit is unnecessary as the recently approved strategy plan has identified where in Norfolk sand and gravel could be extracted to meet requirements until 2026.
  • Locally, the extensions to the pits at Norton Subcourse and Heckingham will provide 2 million tons and these are “acceptable sites” and away from nuisance to most residents.
  • It is sited too near Haddiscoe village and will spoil residents’ quiet enjoyment of the countryside.
  • The proposal is essentially the same one that is deemed “not acceptable” in the Norfolk Minerals and Waste strategy document.
  • It is inevitable that there will be an increase in noise, dust and other particulates.
  • The sites place this activity at the meeting point of the Yare and Waveney valleys right on the edge of the Broads authority, a national park.
  • After 21years the village will get a landscaped hole in the ground with water at the bottom of it.
  • The “do nothing” option would see this site remain positive - any arable farm land producing crops at a time of rising food prices, is a requirement for our country's “food security”.


Yours sincerely


Your Name here


Your signature here

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How to write - Some statements you could use.

If you have time to look at the proposal and construct your own argument that would be very useful. If not, you may find these notes helpful in writing your objection.

The proposal is essentially the same one that is deemed “not acceptable” in the Norfolk Minerals and Waste strategy document. It is on the same sites, it is for the same period of time (20 years) and for the same activity, gravel and sand extraction and concrete making.

There is no need for the site either locally or county wide. The strategy plan has identified where in Norfolk sand and gravel could be extracted to meet requirements until 2026. Locally, the extensions to the pits at Norton Subcourse and Heckingham will provide 2.000.000 tons and these are “acceptable sites” and away from nuisance to most residents. Any concrete made in Haddiscoe would have to be transported to the expected building expansions e.g. Gt. Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Norwich far better to make the concrete near where it is needed.

The “do nothing” option would see these sites remain as arable farm land producing crops in a time of rising food prices in an uncertain world for a country lacking “food security”.

The sites are too close to the village, despite planned measures to hide the activities; it is inevitable that there will be an increase in noise, dust and other particulates. The site will work from 7.00am until 5.00pm and on Saturday morning. The site will be flood lit and again although measures will apparently be taken to reduce this nuisance, all such measures are subject to human error.

The sites place this activity at the meeting point of the Yare and Waveney valleys right on the edge of the Broads authority, a national park. Haddiscoe and Thorpe churches command the valley view, from their high points. The churches settings will be demeaned by placing gravel washing and concrete mixing machinery in a large hole in the ground between them however high the earth ramparts or dense the tree screen.

The proposal envisages two thirds of the out put going down the A143 across the dam to Gt. Yarmouth and one third using A143 through Haddiscoe bends towards Beccles, this road has a certain notoriety in the county and the county council already recognises the need once again to remodel the junction of the B1136 and the A143 at the top of Church Hill. However there would be no control over customers’ lorries using the B1136 towards Hales with its difficult junction at the A146 and in any case there can be no certainty where the demand for the product will be.

The proposal suggests there will be four jobs created plus some part time work, but does not explain what will happen to the current work force as the Earsham site is closed.

After 21years we get a landscaped hole in the ground with water at the bottom of it. It is unlikely the villagers will be able to “enjoy” this new amenity as the land will be returned to its owners, another fenced off fishing lake similar to the one behind Rectory Road and Wiggs Lane.

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FYI - The planning process explained.

What actually happens when a planning application is made and discussed? Well...

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