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Minerals and waste

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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Consultation on the Draft Central and Eastern Berkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Plan has begun. Please see the tab below for further information and a link to the consultation page with all supporting information.

Public exhibitions will take place during the consultation period at the following locations, to provide more information on the Draft Plan and to answer your questions.

Public consultations will be held as follows:

  • Datchet Village Hall, 3 Allen Way, Datchet, SL3 9HR - Tuesday 4 September from 3.30pm to 7.30pm
  • St Peter’s Church, 4 Bath Road Knowl Hill, Reading, RG10 9XB - Tuesday 4 September from 4pm to 8pm
  • Desborough Theatre (Town Hall), Park St, Maidenhead SL6 1RF - Thursday 6 September from 3.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Reading Borough Council (Civic Offices), Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU - Thursday 6 September from 3pm to 7pm
  • Three Mile Cross Church Centre Basingstoke Rd, Three Mile Cross, RG7 1HF - Monday 10 September from 4.30pm to 8pm 
  • St. Mary’s Winkfield, 5 Church Lane, Ascot, SL5 9DP - Tuesday 11 September from 3pm to 7pm  
  • Arborfield Green Community Centre, Sheerlands Road, Arborfield, RG2 9ND - Wednesday 19 September from 4pm to 8pm 


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

Have your say

To get involved and share your thoughts on the future of minerals and waste in Central and Eastern Berkshire, visit the Hampshire County Council website.

It is here that you will be able to read all accompanying documents to the Draft Plan Consultation, as well as complete the response form to the consultation.

The Draft Plan Consultation will run for 10 weeks, beginning 6 August 2018 and ending 12 October 2018. All comments must be received by 5pm on 12 October 2018.

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.

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.

All submitted sites will be assessed for their 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 a site out from further consideration. If this is not the case, a site will be subject to more detailed assessment including a site visit. Further information may be required to assist this process.

A Site Assessment Methodology Report is available for comment as part of the Issues and Options consultation. This report outlines the assessment process in detail.

The outcome of the assessments will be made available through the ‘Preferred Options’ consultation which will be taking place early 2018.

You can see a set of frequently asked questions on the call for site processes for minerals and waste process (PDF document).

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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