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Minerals and waste

New Minerals and Waste Local Plan

Work is underway on an updated Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) within Berkshire.

Wokingham Borough Council, Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (collectively referred to as ‘Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities’) are working together to produce a Joint  Minerals and Waste Plan which will guide minerals and waste decision-making in the area.

The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan will build on previous minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area. It will set out a new vision and replace the current policies and provide details of strategic sites that will deliver the vision.

What’s the timetable?

It is expected that the Joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan will be completed (‘adopted’) in winter 2020. Our Local Development Scheme (LDS) shows more information on the timetable.

Get involved

A number of formal consultations will take place throughout the MWLP. The plan is being undertaken by Hampshire County Council on behalf of the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities and all consultations will be coordinated by them.

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Latest news - Call For Sites - Minerals and Waste 2018

The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities are calling for sites to be put forward for consideration within the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan.

A Draft Joint Minerals and Waste Plan was subject to consultation during the Summer 2018. The Draft Plan set the Vision and outlined the future level of minerals and waste provision required to deliver the Vision and meet national policy targets and    objectives. Proposed site allocations were also included in the Draft Plan. A summary of the consultation responses received will be available in due course.

The Draft Plan and supporting documents can be viewed on the Hampshire County Council website.

To support the preparation of the ‘Proposed Submission’ version of the Plan, the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities would like to invite further nominations for minerals and waste site proposals. Additional sites are required as the Draft Plan recognises a shortfall in capacity particularly towards the end of the Plan period (2030 Plus).

Once submitted, the site will be assessed for its suitability for minerals and/or waste development uses. This will include an initial assessment which will seek to identify whether there are any significant constraints which would rule the site out from further consideration. If this is not the case, the site will be subject to more detailed assessment including a site visit.  Further information may be required to assist this process.

See the Call for Sites tab (below) for additional information on how to submit a site.

The Draft Plan (formerly referred to as Preferred Options) is the second stage in plan-preparation. The purpose of this consultation was to engage the community in discussion on the long term management of minerals and waste.  It was also an opportunity to gather more local evidence to determine the plan policies and site allocations.

The Draft Plan Consultation ran from Monday 6 August 2018 to Friday 12 October 2018.

To see all the consultation documents, visit the Hampshire County Council website.

Issues and options

The Issues and Options stage is the first stage of consultation on the plan. The purpose of the consultation was to engage the community in discussion on the Issues for managing minerals and waste for the next 20 years. It was also an opportunity to gather more evidence to inform the Options for the plan policies and site allocations.

The Issues and Options Consultation ran for 6 weeks, from 9 June 2017 to 5pm 21 July 2017. Hampshire Services, (part of Hampshire County Council working in collaboration with the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities) ran the consultation and details can be found on the Hantsweb website.

Nominate a site

We would therefore like to invite landowners, agents or potential developers, to put forward minerals and waste sites for consideration. 

The sites that we are requiring details for mineral supply include:

  • Soft sand or sharp sand and gravel
  • Mineral railheads
  • Aggregate recycling and secondary aggregate processing facilities


Waste proposals may include the following types of site:

  • Waste to energy facilities
  • Composting facilities
  • Recycling facilities
  • Waste transfer sites
  • Inert landfill (associated with quarry restoration)

To submit a new minerals or waste site to be considered fill out the site allocation proposals – criteria checklist below. If you are putting forward more than one site, you will need to fill out a separate form for each.


The call for sites process will run for a 6 week period, from Friday 23 November 2018 to Friday 11 January 2019.

Data sharing

By submitting the Site Allocation Proposals Criteria Checklist to the Council, you are agreeing to the joint authorities sharing this information with the other Local Planning Authorities in Berkshire: Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham Borough Council as well as Hampshire Services who are working in collaboration with the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities to prepare the Plan. The information collected will be used to assist the Local Planning Authorities in coordinating strategic development across Berkshire and facilitate coordinated research and monitoring.

If you have any queries, call Hampshire Services on 01962 846 738 or email  jceb@hants.gov.uk

Previous Call for Sites

Hampshire County Council asked mineral and waste site operators and land owners to put forward site proposals for consideration for minerals and waste uses, including any aspirations for existing sites to either extend or widen the range of operations or facilities.

The call for sites ran from Monday 13 March to Friday 5 May and is now closed.

This is the Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA) 2017 (PDF document) for Central and Eastern Berkshire and covers the administrative areas of the plan-making partners (Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council). In addition, information has been provided for Slough, where available. The purpose of the LAA is to detail the current and predicted situation in Central and Eastern Berkshire with respect to all aspects of aggregate supply.

This Aggregates Monitoring Report (2013) (PDF document) for the 6 unitary authorities in Berkshire is a monitor on primary aggregates sales from land-won sand and gravel sites and rail depots for 2013, permitted reserves at the sand and gravel sites at the end of 2013, and sales of recycled and secondary materials as aggregate at recycling sites. 

The report includes information on remaining allocations in the Replacement Minerals Local Plan for Berkshire. It also puts the findings in the context of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (PDF document) and Guidance on the Managed Aggregates Supply System (MASS) (PDF document).

See the monitoring reports below.

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