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WORCESTERSHIRE MINERALS LOCAL PLAN: CALL FOR SITES AND PUBLICATION OF MINERALS AND WASTE DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

Notice ID: MF0237823

Notice effective from
20th September 2017 to 20th October 2017

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE WORCESTERSHIRE MINERALS LOCAL PLAN: CALL FOR SITES AND PUBLICATION OF MINERALS AND WASTE DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, Notice of Non-Statutory Consultation under Regulation 18.


It is a national requirement that Worcestershire County Council should have planning policies forthe "winning and working" of minerals. The Council's current policies are set out in the "saved" policies of the 1997 Hereford and Worcester Minerals Local Plan. These policies are dated and need replacing.
The Council is preparing a new Minerals Local Plan for Worcestershire. The Third Stage Consultation on the Minerals Local Plan was undertaken in December 2016 - March 2017. The consultation document was developed as a full draft of the proposed wording of the Minerals Local Plan to enable comment on specific issues and the detail of the proposals. It included a third call for sites.

The Council has published a Minerals Local Plan third stage consultation response document, available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/minerals, detailing the comments received and the Council's initial response. In response to the consultation the Council is undertaking a further call for sites to ensure that all practical efforts have been made to meet the requirements in the National Planning Policy Frameworkto make provision for a 7 year landbank for sand and gravel and a 10 year landbank for crushed rock through the plan. Proposals for sites containing other types ofmineral or sites for supporting minerals infrastructure are also welcome. If you have a site that you would like assessed for inclusion in the plan please provide us with the following information:

Details of the site location and boundary: This is essential (preferably on an OS map base 1:10,000 scale):
Any evidence of viable mineral resources at the site and/or evidence of any mineral operator interested in working the site: A mineral resource survey is desirable and preference will be given to sites with a proven resource over 600,000 tonnes. In the absence ofasurvey, the limited dataheld bythe BGS will be used to give an indication of the mineral potential ofasite. Preference will be given to those sites where there is confirmed interest from a mineral operator to workthe site, butthis isnotessential.
Evidence of landowner support: Preference will be given to those sites where there is confirmed support from all landowners for mineral extraction to take place.
Any available information about how the site would be worked and restored: This information will inform the plan but would be subject to further consideration should the site come forward for planning permission through a planning application. Thismightincludeintendedtransportlinks, whether processing would be undertaken on site and any restoration aspirations.

The ideal site would have proven viable mineral resources,interestfrom amineral operatorandwould not impact adversely on environmental designations, homes or businesses. If a site is allocated in the plan this means that it would have policy support when applying for planning permission. All sites submitted will be assessed against strategic, environmental and amenity criteria. Please note, any information submitted will be in the public domain.

The Minerals and Waste Local Development Scheme has been updated to include this additional call for sites andafourth stageconsultation on anysiteallocations and the revised policy proposals which the Council will undertake in late 2018. This will be followed by a formal consultation on the Soundness and legal compliance of the plan we intend to submit to the Secretary of State for Examination in 2019. The Local Development Scheme was approved by Cabinet on 20th July 2017 and can be viewed at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/lds Any information should be sent to: Email: minerals@worcestershire.gov.uk Post: FREEPOST RTHC-XXCK-AJGY Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Worcestershire County Council, County Hall, Worcester WR5 2NP Please respond by 26th January 2018
John Hobbs, Director of Economy and Infrastructure, Worcestershire County Council, County Hall, Spetchley Road,
Worcester WR5 2NP Dated: 21st September 2017
www.worcestershire.gov.uk

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Worcestershire County Council

County Hall , Spetchley Road , Worcester , Worcestershire , WR5 2NP

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk 01905 763 763

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