Release date: 24 August 2018
A call for sites with potential for soft sand extraction has been issued jointly today by West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.
As mineral planning authorities, the two organisations are responsible for planning for an adequate supply of soft sand to support the needs of the economy across a range of industries.
The call for sites is part of the plan-making process, which has just begun for the single-issue review of the recently-adopted West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan. The call for sites is open from today (24 August) to 14 September, 2018.
Anyone who has a site they would like to promote for consideration as part of the plan-making process is asked to complete and return forms to the county council.
Deborah Urquhart, county council Cabinet Member for Environment, who has responsibility for planning for minerals extraction, said: “We are committed to listening to customers and ensuring that the needs of our communities are taken into consideration during the decision-making process.
“For this part of the plan-making process we need landowners, mineral operators, and any other interested parties to put forward potential soft sand sites in order to inform and provide evidence for the preparation of the review of the recently-adopted West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan.
“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.”
Work on the review will continue through the autumn with informal consultation on issues and options due to take place in early 2019.
Neville Harrison, chair of the South Downs National Park Authority’s Planning Committee, said: “The South Downs National Park Authority and West Sussex County Council have been working closely together to produce a sound plan for mineral extraction in West Sussex.
"In the case of soft sand, we accept the need to explore whether there are any sites within the National Park that should be allocated as part of the Joint Minerals Plan for soft sand for West Sussex, albeit having regard to the highest level of protection afforded to this landscape.”
For further details or a copy of the form to promote a particular site, contact the Planning Policy and Infrastructure Team on 01243 642118, email firstname.lastname@example.org, click on www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf or write to: Planning Services, West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1RH.