Minerals Consultation is live – responses invited

The Minerals Plan Publication Consultation is live and running until 5pm on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

Warwickshire County Council is inviting comment on the Minerals Plan Publication Consultation document which has been produced to guide future minerals development in the county until 2032.

In 2016/17, the council consulted communities on a previous version of the Minerals Plan Publication (December 2016) and before this:

  • Preferred Option and Policies (December 2015)
  • Focussed consultations (May 2016)

Comments from previous consultations have shaped the plan which is now available for communities to made comments. The Council is satisfied that it has a sound Minerals Plan and wishes in due course to submit this version to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for examination.

The Submitted Minerals Plan will be examined by an independent Inspector whose role is to assess whether the Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is ‘sound’. Government guidance says that a minerals planning authority should submit a plan for examination when it considers it is “sound” – namely that it is:

  • Positively prepared– the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development.
  • Justified– the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence.
  • Effective– plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities.
  • Consistent with national policy– plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

This consultation seeks views on legal compliance, compliance with the Duty to Cooperate and the four tests of soundness.

The Council is also seeking to understand at this stage whether representors wish to take part in the independent examination of the Plan. Please note that representation is at the discretion of the Inspector.

All responses must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 12th December 2018 to enable the council to give them proper consideration.

Please note that any comments made will be made publicly available and attributed to your name. Please use one method of reply only to avoid duplication of representations.