Tuesday, 4 February 2014

New West Berks Council Minerals and Waste Consultation has Wigmore Lane Specific Questions

West Berkshire Council has started on work to produce a new Minerals and Waste Plan. They have gone out to consultation on an “Issues and Options” document.  Some of the options in the document are about the future of the minerals depots in Wigmore Lane.
 
The options are regarding the importation of construction aggregates by rail and are:
 
Option 9.1
Do you think that the capacity of the present rail depots should be reviewed, in order to provide
for more capacity for importing minerals from outside West Berkshire?
 
Option 9.2
Should there be a presumption in favour of safeguarded rail depot sites being granted planning
permission for new mineral uses, subject to meeting defined planning and environmental criteria?
 
Option 9.3
Do you agree that the existing road to rail aggregates depot, the road to rail cement depot and
the rail connected coated roadstone plant should be safeguarded from other forms of development.
This would allow the existing patterns of construction aggregate importation to continue?
 
The document and a response form can be accessed at the following webpage. The relevant section starts on page 70.
 
I will be making a response, however it would be best if you respond to the document yourself. I would also welcome your input for my own response.
 
Responses can be sent by registering on the Council’s consulatation database or by email to mwdpd@westberks.gov.uk
 
The consultation finishes on 28th February.
 
Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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