Joint Minerals Local Plan

Representation period begins for draft plan, which sets out a vision for how minerals will be produced, supplied and transported in West Sussex until 2033.

What is this Representations Period about?


The Proposed Submission Draft West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan has been published prior to its submission to the Secretary of State.

This is to allow for representations on the Plan’s “soundness” and legal compliance to be made.

These representations will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector at a future Independent Examination.

To make representations, you can:

  • complete the online form, or
  • print the representations form, or collect a hard copy from one of the deposit points or libraries, complete it, and post it to: Strategic Planning (Ref: Minerals Local Plan) West Sussex County Council County Hall Chichester, PO19 1RH

Supporting documents relevant to this process are available here.

All representations should be received no later than 5pm on Monday 13 March 2017.

Why do we have to plan for minerals?

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) are responsible for preparing a minerals plan for West Sussex that considers the need for minerals and how best to supply them. Once complete, the Joint Minerals Local Plan will provide a basis for making decisions about planning applications for mineral developments.

The Proposed Submission Draft Joint Minerals Local Plan sets out a vision to 2033 on how and where mineral development can take place, which will ensure that communities, the environment, the economy and the special character of West Sussex are protected.

What has happened previously?

The Proposed Submission Draft builds on a series of evidence gathering and consultation exercises from 2014-2016.

These include a call for minerals sites, consultation on a suite of background papers and on sites, and the production of various evidence documents, and most recently a consultation on the draft West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan during summer (April–June) 2016.

A consultation summary and statement has been produced to explain the changes that have been made in response to comments received during the consultation.

This is available along with other background information at

For further information please contact us:

Strategic Planning (ref Minerals Local Plan)
West Sussex County Council
County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RH
Phone: 01243 642118

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