West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority published a Proposed Submission Draft (Regulation 19) Joint Minerals Local Plan on 16 January 2017 for a representations period, which ended on 13 March 2017.
We propose to submit this version of the Plan to the Secretary of State for examination.
In accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, we published the Plan prior to submission to allow for representations on its ‘soundness’ and legal compliance. We are now collating and reviewing these and preparing to submit the Plan with the supporting evidence base and representations.
The Plan will be subject to a public examination, expected to take place between July and October 2017, in line with the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme. If considered ‘sound’, we anticipate adopting the Plan in May 2018.
The Proposed Submission Draft Plan contains four key areas:
- a vision and strategic objectives for future mineral development in West Sussex
- 10 policies to achieve the strategic objectives for different mineral supply activities (Policies M1-M10)
- 15 policies to ensure no unacceptable harm to the environment and communities of West Sussex (Policies M12-M26)
- two mineral site allocations that will make an important contribution to meeting the need for minerals (Policy M11).
To support policies M9 and M10, Minerals Safeguarding Guidance has been prepared alongside the Plan and published in draft.
The evidence base underpinning the Proposed Submission Draft Plan is set out on the following pages: