We have worked in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority to produce the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan. Formally adopted by both authorities in July 2018, the plan:
- covers the period to 2033
- is the most up-to-date statement of land use planning policy for minerals
- provides the basis for making consistent decisions about planning applications for mineral activities in West Sussex.
It sets out four key areas which will help shape the future of minerals activities in West Sussex:
- A vision and strategic objectives for sustainable minerals development.
- 10 policies to achieve the strategic objectives for minerals development in West Sussex (Policies M1-M10).
- 15 development management policies to ensure no unacceptable harm to the environment, economy or communities of West Sussex (policies 12-26).
- One site allocation to help meet the need for brick making clay (policy M11).
- Joint Minerals Local Plan Adoption Statement (PDF, 77KB)
- Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment Adoption Statement (PDF, 62KB)
- Sustainability Appraisal (PDF, 5.5MB)
- Sustainability Appraisal - non technical summary (PDF, 522KB)
- Sustainability Appraisal of Main Modifications (including non-technical summary) (PDF, 492KB)
- Draft Safeguarding Guidance (May 2017) (PDF, 3.5MB)
Background to the Joint Minerals Local Plan
The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for approval in May 2017. Following public examination hearings in September 2017 and a subsequent representations period on modifications to the plan, it was found to be sound by the Planning Inspector. The report and schedule of main modifications are available below.