Soft sand review - examination - modifications consultation

Comment on the proposed modifications to the Soft Sand Review of the Joint Minerals Local Plan.

Policy M2 of the Joint Minerals Local Plan (adopted in July 2018) requires us to undertake a review of the approach to planning for soft sand.

The review considers:

  • the supply and demand of soft sand during the plan period to 2033
  • how a steady and adequate supply will be maintained, including the need for site allocations.

The timetable for preparation of the review is set out in the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme.

Proposed modifications - 9 November 2020 to 8 January 2021

Following submission of the Soft Sand Review in April 2020, public examination hearings took place between 25 and 27 August virtually via video link due to the current pandemic restrictions.

Following hearing sessions for the examination, the Planning Inspector has suggested that modifications are required to ensure the Soft Sand Review is sound. The County Council and South Downs National Park Authority have prepared these modifications, which are now subject to a further period of representations in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

Please note that this representations period is in relation to the modifications only, and not other elements of the Soft Sand Review or the Joint Minerals Local Plan.

Supporting documents relevant to this period of representations are set out below. All evidence base documents, including those submitted for examination and during the hearings, can be found in the Examination document library below.

Representations must be received no later than 11.59pm on Friday 8 January 2021 - late representations will not be accepted.

The guidance notes above explain how representations should be made at this stage. The Statement of Representations Procedure sets out details of the process, including where relevant documents can be viewed.

The three ways that you can respond to the consultation are:

  • our online Have Your Say response form - this is our preferred method
  • a hard copy response form, which can be found at deposit points (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) or downloaded below, and posted to: Planning Services (ref: SSR), West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RH
  • emailing your comments to: - please provide the information requested on Part A of the response form and make it clear which question(s) you are answering. The PDF response form is editable, so can be completed and submitted by email.

Please complete a separate form (Part B) for each representation you wish to make.

Following close of the representations period, representations will be submitted to the Planning Inspector. He will consider them and, if no further hearing sessions are required, issue his report on the soundness of the Soft Sand Review.

If found sound, the authorities will adopt the review, which will result in changes to the Joint Minerals Local Plan.

Examination document library

An examination document library is available and includes links to all the submission documents and background evidence. This is a living document and has been updated throughout the examination. It also includes detailed maps and aerial photographs of the three potential site allocations under the section ‘Council Documents’.

Examination of the draft soft sand review

Mr Brian Sims (BSc CEng MICE MRTPI) is the Planning Inspector conducting the examination to decide whether the soft sand review is considered ‘sound’. He has issued a guidance note and a schedule of matters for consideration. These are available to view in the examination document library below.

An independent programme officer was appointed to guide the review through the examination and to act as a conduit to the planning inspector. Any queries about the public examination or hearing sessions should be directed to the programme officer:

Submission of draft soft sand review

West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority published the Proposed Submission Draft (Regulation 19), Soft Sand Review, of the Joint Minerals Local Plan on 6 January 2020 for a representations period that ended on 2 March 2020.

The review was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on 17 April 2020. A Statement of Submission has been produced, setting out how documents are available for viewing.

All documents are available online in the examination document library.

In accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, the soft sand review was published before submission to allow for representations on the plan’s ‘soundness’ and legal and procedural compliance. The representations have been collated and reviewed and a Regulation 22 consultation statement prepared and submitted alongside the review.

If you cannot access any documents electronically, hard copies can be arranged for viewing at County Hall, Chichester and the South Downs Centre, Midhurst. This service is only available by appointment and subject to Coronavirus restrictions. To request an appointment, email You must include your contact information and tell us when you would like to view the documents. We will contact you to make arrangements.

Last updated:
19 November 2020
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