Evidence base

View the evidence that supports the new Minerals Local Plan.

The documents below have been produced to provide the evidence base that supports the Proposed Submission Draft Joint Minerals Local Plan. The Sustainability Appraisal and Mineral Site Selection evidence are available on other pages.

Background document

This document explains how the vision, strategic objectives and strategic minerals supply policies were derived.

Background papers

Two versions of the background papers were produced and published in 2014.

Version 1, published in June for engagement purposes, identified baseline data to inform discussions with the community and key stakeholders. They enabled us to work with stakeholders to check information so that our knowledge and understanding of minerals issues was up to date and robust. They also identified potential issues, problems or concerns relating to the production of minerals in West Sussex.

Version 2 papers were published in December following further engagement.

Version 2 - December 2014

Background papers 1, 2, 4, 5 were updated, taking into account comments received during engagement with stakeholders on Version 1. 

Version 1 - June 2014

These papers were published for engagement with stakeholders during summer 2014.

Silica Sand Study (2016)

This Study provides information about the geology of the sands within the ‘Folkestone Formation’ and indicates that most, if not all, of the sands within the study area are capable of being defined as silica sand (it has a silica content of more than 95%). This is significant because silica sand is nationally important and has different industrial and recreational uses.

South Downs National Park Soft Sand Study

The Study determined soft sand reserves and their use and demand within the South Downs National Park and the south east of England.

Strategic Stone Study

This Study identifies the most important building stones used in the county, and the location of quarries that produced the stones. The Study was led by Historic England, working with the British Geological Survey, South Downs National Park Authority, local geologists and historic buildings experts.

Wharves and Railheads Study

The 2008 Study was produced to provide background information on wharves and railheads in West Sussex. The aim of the report was to inform the development of policies for safeguarding wharves and railheads in the county. In 2013, an updated study was produced to provide evidence which has been used to help develop the proposed policies for wharf and railhead safeguarding in the draft Plan.

Site plans from the 2008 Study:

Mineral Safeguarding Study

This Study describes the work carried out by the British Geological Survey on behalf of the County Council to delineate its Minerals Safeguarding Areas and Mineral Consultation Areas.

Other evidence

Evidence related to the need for minerals and mineral infrastructure, site selections, past engagement with stakeholders and the Sustainability Appraisal are available on the following pages:

Last updated:
20 August 2018

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