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Minerals and waste

Minerals and waste

Local plans

The current Minerals Plan for Berkshire is the Replacement Minerals Local Plan (RMLP) which was adopted in 1995. Alterations were subsequently adopted in 1997 and 2001. The Waste Local Plan (WLP) for Berkshire was adopted in December 1998.

A number of policies in the Minerals and the Waste Local Plans are saved until they are replaced by national or local minerals and waste policies.  Each unitary authority in Berkshire is now responsible for minerals and waste planning in its own area.

The Berkshire Local Aggregates Assessment provides a robust evidence base for minerals planning in Berkshire, including development management decisions, the formulation of planning policy and responding to minerals issues in other local authority areas.

The plans, directions for saved policies from the Secretary of State and 2010's Annual Monitoring Reports can be found below.

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).

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

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

The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan will build upon the formerly adopted minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area. It will set out a new Vision along with replacing the policies currently in place. It will also provide details of strategic sites that we propose will deliver the vision. It will include consideration of the current levels of provision for minerals and waste facilities in the Plan area. It will also establish the future levels of provision required to meet national and regional policy targets and objectives.

On behalf of the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities, Hampshire County Council are asking 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.

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.

A Site Assessment Methodology Report will be available for comment as part of the Issues and Options consultation which is taking place during June and July 2017. 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).

Nominating a site

To submit a minerals or waste site to be considered fill out the Site Allocation Proposals Criteria Checklist below. Note that if you are putting forward more than one site you'll need to fill out a separate form for each:

The call for sites process will run for an 8 week period 13 March – 5 May 2017. If you have any queries, please contact Hampshire Services on telephone number 01962 845785 or email jceb@hants.gov.uk.

Note that 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.

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