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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.

If you would like to stay up to date with what is happening then you can be added to our consultation database by emailing policyandplans@wokingham.gov.uk.

Latest news

We are currently consulting on the Issues and Options document. This consultation runs from Friday 9 June to 5pm Friday 21 July. For more information see the ‘Issues and Options’ tab below.

A call for sites consultation ran from Monday 13 March to Friday 5 May, asking mineral and waste site operators and land owners to put forward site proposals for consideration for minerals and waste uses. These are currently under consideration and the outcome of the assessments will be made available through the next stage of the plan, the ‘Preferred Options’ consultation. For more information see the ‘Call for Sites’ tab below.

Issues and options

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

Consultation - 9 June to 21 July 2017

The Issues and Options Consultation is 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) are running the consultation. Visit the Hantsweb website for full details.

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.

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).

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