Local plan consultation asks Wangford residents to grapple with gravel and sand site proposal

Wangford Quarry Pic: Daniel Kennedy

Wangford Quarry Pic: Daniel Kennedy

Councillors have given the residents of Wangford just over a month to have their say on a proposed quarry site in the village.

The village is one of 10 locations to have been earmarked by Suffolk County Council as part of its minerals and waste local plan, which could affect three sites in the village.

If the plan comes to fruition, it would see Wangford Quarry extended into three sites surrounding it - Hill Farm, Lime Kiln Farm and a third site to the southeast of the existing processing plant.

These sites would all be then used for extraction of sand and gravel, as the council seeks to develop both mineral and waste sites around the county.

The consultation - which is now open - is the second phase in the process of the plan, following on from a previous one held in February.

Residents now have until Monday, December 11, to have their say on the local plan, with opportunities to make their voices heard through both public consultation events and an online survey.

Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for environment and public protection said: 'All sites, with the exception of Belstead, are extensions to existing sites with planning permission.

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'I invite people to take part in the consultation and have their say online via the county council website, by email, over the phone or by letter.'

A drop-in consultation for Wangford is due to take place in the village next week, with members of the council's planning team on hand to hear views and answer questions on the proposals. .

It will be held at the Wangford Community Centre on Millfields between 2pm and 8pm on Friday, November 8.

Following the consultation, once the plan has been adopted by the county council, quarry companies will be required to submit planning applications to the council to extract materials.

Companies will also be required to pay landowners to dig materials in their fields, before selling it to construction companies and potentially creating additional employment.

For more details, or to participate in the survey, visit the Suffolk County Council website,