13th July 2023
Minerals and waste
Central and Eastern Berkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan
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’) have produced a Joint Minerals and Waste Plan to guide minerals and waste decision-making in the area.
The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan builds on previous minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area. It sets out a new vision and replaces the current policies and provides details of strategic sites to deliver the vision.
The council adopted the Central and Eastern Berkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Plan on 19 January 2023.
The adopted Joint Plan is now part of the council's Development Plan and will be used to determine relevant planning applications. You can take a look at the Joint Plan and find out more in the tabs below.
Adoption of the Joint Plan
The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan was adopted by the council on 19 January 2023.
The relevant documents are below:
- Joint Minerals and Waste Plan (PDF document)
- Joint Minerals and Waste Plan policies map (PDF document)
- Inset map TA1 (PDF document)
- Inset map WA3 (PDF document)
- Inset maps MA1, MA2, WA1, WA2 (PDF document)
- Joint Minerals and Waste Plan adoption statement (PDF document)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) report August 2020 (PDF document)
- Joint Minerals and Waste Plan adoption statement relating to the Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) (PDF document)
- Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Record of Assessment and Determination (PDF document)
Further information about the different stages of the plan process can be found in the tabs below and on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan website. This plan supersedes the Replacement Minerals Local Plan (2001) and the Waste Local Plan for Berkshire (1998).
Challenges to the adoption of the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan
Applications can be made to the High Court under section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
Applications must state that the document is one or both of the following:
- Not within the appropriate powers
- A procedural requirement has not been complied with
The deadline for submitting challenges is Friday 3 March 2023.
Regulation 24 Examination in Public
Two Planning Inspectors, Rachel A Bust (Lead Inspector) and Nicholas Palmer, were appointed to undertake an independent examination of the soundness of the Plan. Four hearing sessions took place in September and October 2021.
Following the hearing sessions, the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities were given the opportunity to propose modifications to the submitted Joint Minerals and Waste Plan, in order to make it sound and legally compliant.
A consultation on the proposed Main Modifications took place from February to April 2022. Full details of the consultation can be found on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan website. All comments relating to the Main Modifications were submitted to the Inspectors via the Programme Officer.
Regulation 22 Submission of documents to the Secretary of State
On Thursday 25 February 2021 the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities submitted the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan and supporting documents for independent examination.
Regulation 19 Proposed Submission consultation
The Proposed Submission Plan was consulted on for six weeks, between 3 September and 15 October 2020. The purpose of this consultation was to consider compliance with all legal requirements, including the Duty to Co-operate, and soundness.
The Proposed Submission Plan, the evidence base and all representations received have been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination under Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).
The Proposed Submission Documents are available to view on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan website.