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.
This document explains how the vision, strategic objectives, and strategic minerals supply policies were derived.
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.
- Background Paper Engagement: Report of Outcomes (PDF, 956KB)
- Background Paper 1: Spatial Portrait V2 (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Background Paper 2: Minerals in West Sussex V2 (PDF, 1.8MB)
- Background Paper 4: Safeguarding Minerals Infrastructure V2 (PDF, 120KB)
- Background Paper 5: Safeguarding Mineral Resources V2 (PDF, 6.8MB)
Version 1 - June 2014
These papers were published for engagement with stakeholders during summer 2014.
- Background Paper 1: Spatial Portrait (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Background Paper 2: Minerals in West Sussex (PDF, 1.8MB)
- Background Paper 3: Site Identification and Assessment Methodology (PDF, 178KB)
- Background Paper 4: Safeguarding Minerals Infrastructure (PDF, 135KB)
- Background Paper 5: Safeguarding Mineral Resources (PDF, 6.8MB)
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 (which means that 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.
- Strategic stone study (West Sussex including South Downs National Park) (PDF, 2.9MB)
- West Sussex stone atlas (Excel, 299KB)
Wharves and railheads
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.
- West Sussex Wharves and Railheads Study - February 2014 (PDF, 7.1MB)
- West Sussex Wharves and Railheads Study - 2008 (PDF, 626KB)
Site plans from the 2008 study:
- Figure 1: Site location diagram (PDF, 721KB)
- Site Plan R1: Crawley rail depot (PDF, 528KB)
- Site Plan R2: Ardingly rail depot (PDF, 378KB)
- Site Plan R3: Chichester sidings (PDF, 687KB)
- Site Plan R4: Warnham brickworks' area (PDF, 383KB)
- Site Plan W1: Shoreham Harbour (eastern) (PDF, 540KB)
- Site Plan W2: Shoreham Harbour (central) (PDF, 594KB)
- Site Plan W3: Shoreham Harbour (western) (PDF, 440KB)
- Site Plan W4: Littlehampton Harbour (PDF, 472KB)
This report 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.
- Minerals Safeguarding Study (PDF, 276KB)
- Minerals Safeguarding Study: Resources map and figures (PDF, 28.4MB)
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: