Draft West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan available for comment from 14 April 2016

West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority have drafted their Joint Minerals Local Plan and it will be available online for comment soon.

Draft Joint Minerals Local Plan

The joint minerals local plan outlines how the character of West Sussex will remain protected whilst making sure there are enough minerals to support economic growth. Activities such as quarrying, storage, processing and transportation have all been considered.

Minerals Strategy for West Sussex

The new minerals plan will replace the existing Minerals Local Plan that was adopted in 2003. The new plan sets a strategy for mineral development until 2031.

The new plan will:

  • set out a county-wide vision, strategic objectives, a strategy for minerals planning and a monitoring and implementation framework;
  • allocate strategic sites to meet the need for sand and gravel in West Sussex; and
  • include specific and generic development management policies.

The new plan will provide a planning and policy framework that gives mineral operators and the public information on:

  • the most appropriate locations where mineral extraction may take place;
  • the safeguarding of mineral resources with potential for future extraction and infrastructure such as wharves and railheads;
  • the management of mineral workings to protect the environment and local communities; and
  • the after use restoration of mineral sites to promote biodiversity and to safeguard the environment.

Two new sites have been identified to help meet future mineral needs in West Sussex:

1).           Ham Farm, near Steyning (soft sand); and

2).           Extending West Hoathly Brickworks, West Hoathly (brick clay).

The Consultation

The public consultation about the draft joint minerals local plan runs from 14 April 2016 to Friday 17 June allowing people to comment. You can find out more on the West Sussex County Council website by clicking here.

 

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(Reference: www.westsussex.gov.uk)