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Minerals and waste

Joint Central and Eastern Berkshire 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.

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The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities conducted a Regulation 19 Proposed Submission Consultation between 3 September and 15 October 2020. 

The Proposed Submission Plan is the version that we intend to submit to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent Planning Inspector.  The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities invited representations on legal compliance and/or 'soundness' of the plan (please see the accompanying 'Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)' document for a definition of 'soundness'). The responses received are currently being assessed and will also be compiled and submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination. The submission of the Joint Plan to the Secretary of State is anticipated in winter 2020. 

The Proposed Submission Consultation Documents are available to view on the dedicated consultation website

What's the timetable?

Our newly updated Local Development Scheme shows more information on the timetable

      

Get Involved

A number of formal consultations will take place throughout the MWLP (Minerals and Waste Local Plan.) The plan is being undertaken by Hampshire County Council on behalf of the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities and all consultations are coordinated by them.

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Joint Central and Eastern Berkshire Focused Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand and Gravel Provision and Operator Performance

The most recent Focused Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand and Gravel Provision and Operator Performance ('the Focused Consultation') ran for 6 weeks, beginning on 11 February and closing at 5pm on 23 March 2020.

The purpose of the Focused Consultation was to seek feedback from statutory consultees, stakeholders, communities, local organisations and businesses on the proposed Area of Search, the potential new sites (Land West of Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood and Area between Horton Brook and Poyle Quarry) and Policy DM15 (Past Operator Performance).

Thank you to all who responded to the Focused Consultation.  

Read the Joint Central and Eastern Berkshire Focused Regulation 18 Consultation summary report (PDF document) which details the outcomes of the consultation.

The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities have carried out three 'Call for Sites' exercises in support of the Minerals and Waste Plan. A 'Call for Sites' process involves asking landowners and mineral and waste site operators to put forward site proposals for consideration for mineral and waste uses.   ampshire County Council asked mineral and waste site operators and land owners to put forward site proposals for consideration for minerals and waste uses. This includes any aspirations for existing sites to either extend or widen the range of operations or facilities.

An original 'Call for Sites' was carried out between 13 March to 5 May 2017, a second call ran from 23 November 2018 to 11 January 2019, and a third from 9 October to 22 November 2019. The further rounds of consultation were to seek nominations for additional land, which had not previously been submitted, to be considered for future minerals and waste operations in the Plan area.

 

A Draft Joint Minerals and Waste Plan was subject to consultation during the Summer 2018. 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 and the Draft Plan Consultation Summary, 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

This is the Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA) 2018 (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.

The previous LAA is available below:

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.)

Monitoring reports

See the monitoring reports below:

The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities conducted a Regulation 19 Proposed Submission Consultation between 3 September and 15 October 2020. The Consultation document (see below) set out the Proposed Submission version of the plan and invited representations to be made on it, under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). 

The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities invited representations on the 'soundness' (please see the accompanying Frequently Asked Questions for definitions on 'soundness') and legal compliance of the Proposed Submission document and its accompanying material.  

The Proposed Submission document, the Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment) (SA/SEA) Environmental Report, Habitats Regulation Appropriate Assessment, Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and other supporting documentation, along with the response (representations) form and a survey questionnaire were available to view and download from the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan consultation website

The responses received are currently being assessed and will also be compiled and submitted to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent Planning Inspector. The submission of the Joint Plan to the Secretary of State is anticipated in winter 2020.

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