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 will consider the supply and demand of soft sand during the plan period to 2033 and how a steady and adequate supply will be maintained, including the potential need for site allocations.
The timetable for preparation of the review is set out in the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme.
Issues and options (Regulation 18) consultation - now closed
We consulted on the issues and options for soft sand supply for an 8-week period until 18 March 2019.
- Single Issue Soft Sand Review - consultation document (PDF, 5.2MB)
- Local Aggregate Assessment (PDF, 1.6MB)
- Soft Sand Sites Selection Report (PDF, 2.3MB)
- Sustainability Appraisal (PDF, 874KB)
We are now considering the comments received during the period of consultation. Further technical work will be undertaken, where necessary, and a preferred strategy will be prepared in accordance with the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme.
This will be set out as a schedule of modifications to the soft sand sections of the adopted Joint Minerals Local Plan and may include the potential need for site allocations.
These will be subject to a formal period of public consultation to allow representations to be made on their soundness and legal and procedural compliance before submission to the Secretary of State for independent examination by a Government-appointed Planning Inspector. This is in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012.
During the preparation of the Minerals Local Plan, we undertook a number of evidence-based assessments, including technical assessments on site. This evidence is considered to still be relevant, so it will be reviewed and further work undertaken where required. This will follow the issues and options consultation and be before the proposed submission stage of the review.
Call for soft sand sites
A call for soft sand sites was undertaken during August and September 2018 as part of the single issue soft sand review. The allocation of sites, if necessary, is important as it provides communities and the minerals industry with certainty about where mineral development can take place.
Any new sites promoted, as well as those soft sand sites previously considered during the preparation of the Joint Minerals Local Plan, are now being assessed for their suitability for potential allocation through the Single Issue Review.