Green and Liberal Democrat councillors distance groups from Snoasis 'support'

21 February 2020

Dear Editor,

In the article updating readers on the Snoasis Project (EADT 21 February 2020), Councillor David Burn asserted that “Mid Suffolk fully supports SnOasis.”

The true position needs some explaining and is far less clear cut.  Councillors accept that Snoasis has for many years had outline planning approval, given by former Secretary of State Hazel Blears MP in 2008. Since then there have been lengthy pauses, due to financial rather than planning reasons. For the last year, planning staff have been examining proposals to meet the many conditions considered necessary in 2008 and more added last year.

Over the entire period of 18 years since the “giant refrigerator” was first proposed, some councillors, and many local people, have believed it was ill-suited to the Suffolk countryside. Today, all the Green and Liberal Democrat councillors share that view, and as we are 17 members, facing 17 Conservatives in a “hung” council, it cannot be said that “Mid Suffolk
fully supports SnOasis.”

When the application returns to the planning committee, our members will be carefully scrutinising the details submitted to ensure they will fully meet all the planning conditions, noting that the most recent version of the Government NPPF will be a planning consideration. Much else has changed since 2008, and councillors will have in mind that we have declared a climate emergency, and be looking particularly carefully at the transport, energy and biodiversity aspects to ensure sustainability requirements are fully met.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Rachel Eburne, Leader, Green Group
Councillor John Field, Leader, Liberal Democrat Group
Mid Suffolk District Council

Haughley Green

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