Minerals and waste local plan review consultation

Closed 13 Aug 2018

Opened 29 Jun 2018


The current Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan is made up of three documents:

  • The Norfolk Core Strategy and Minerals and Waste Development Management Policies DPD
  • The Minerals Site Specific Allocations DPD
  • The Waste Site Specific Allocations DPD

These plans cover the period up to 2026. As the Core Strategy was adopted over five years ago we are now carrying out a joint review of these three plans to make sure that they are up-to-date, to extend the Plan to 2036 and to consolidate them into one Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan (M&WLP). 

We are calling this process the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review (M&WLPR)

Our M&WLPR Initial Consultation document includes:

- A forecast of the amount of waste that we need to plan for up to 2036 and the policies we propose to use to decide planning applications for waste management facilities. We are not proposing to allocate sites for waste management facilities.

-  A forecast of the amount of sand and gravel (1,980,000 tonnes per annum), carstone (126,500 tpa) and silica sand (750,000 tpa) that we need to plan for up to 2036 in order to provide a steady and adequate supply of minerals. It also includes the policies we propose to use to decide planning applications for mineral extraction and associated development. 

- All the sites that were proposed for mineral extraction in response to our recent ‘call for mineral extraction sites’. This includes 41 sites for sand and gravel extraction, one site for carstone extraction and three sites for silica sand extraction. We have also included our initial conclusion on the suitability of each site.

- Four areas of search for future silica sand extraction.

In addition to the Initial Consultation document, we have published the following documents which provide information to support the M&WLPR:

  • Sustainability Appraisal Report (Parts A and B) (shows social, environmental and economic impacts of the M&WLPR)
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment Task 1 (of impacts on European-designated nature conservation sites)
  • Waste Management Capacity Assessment (contains data on current waste management capacity, waste movements, existing and forecast waste arising in Norfolk)

Why We Are Consulting

We want your views on our Initial Consultation on our Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review.

We will publish any comments you send on Norfolk County Council’s website. Once the Initial Consultation closes we will take into account the comments made and prepare a Preferred Options version of the M&WLP Review. We will then consult on our Preferred Options.

Following this there will be a period when people can send in any formal written comments on the plan, known as representations, before we submit our final M&WLP for examination by a Planning Inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State.

You can respond to this consultation in the following ways:

- Online by clicking on the link below

- By email to: LDF@norfolk.gov.uk

- By post to: Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, CES, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2SG

This consultation closes at 5pm on 13 August 2018


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