Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council (collectively referred to as the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities) are working in partnership to produce a Joint Minerals and Waste Plan which will guide minerals and waste decision making in the Plan area.
The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan will replace the formerly adopted minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area, eventually providing replacement policies based on up to date evidence of the current levels of provision for minerals and waste facilities in the Plan area. Importantly, the Plan aims to establish the future levels of provision required to meet national and regional policy targets and objectives. It will set out a new vision of how this will be achieved and provide details of strategic sites that we propose will deliver the vision.
To date, several information gathering consultations have been achieved to inform the Plan.
Regulation 24 – Examination in Public
Two Planning Inspectors; Rachael A Bust (Lead Inspector) and Nicholas Palmer, have been appointed to undertake an independent examination of the soundness of the Plan. The Matters, Issues and Questions from the Planning Inspectors have now been received by the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities and responses to these are being prepared for the hearing sessions. The hearing sessions allow informal debates to take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspectors.
The hearing sessions as part of the Independent Examination of the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan have been scheduled as detailed below.
- Hearing Sessions - Dates: 28, 29 & 30 September 2021 from 10:00 – 16:00 (to include a break for lunch)
- Hearing Sessions - Location: The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Offices, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF
The hearing sessions can be attended by anyone. Those who have mobility issues or require reasonable adjustments will be able to request attendance at the hearing sessions in a virtual capacity, otherwise it is planned to hold the hearings as ‘in person’ sessions. If you would like to attend, please contact the Programme Officer Stephanie Street by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0370 779 2422.
See the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan website for further details.
Regulation 22 Submission of Documents to the Secretary of State
On Thursday 25 February 2021 the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities submitted the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan and supporting documents for independent examination, under Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).
See the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan website for further details.
Regulation 19 Consultation
The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities published the Proposed Submission version of the plan and invited representations to be made on it, under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).
The representations period on the Proposed Submission plan ran for six weeks, beginning on Thursday 3 September 2020 and ending 5pm on Thursday 15 October 2020.
This stage (of the plan making process) includes the Proposed Submission Plan which is the version that is intended to be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.
The Proposed Submission Plan document and other key supporting documentation can be found on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan site at www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult.
Focussed Regulation 18 consultation: Sand and Gravel Provision and Operator Performance
The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities conducted a Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand and Gravel Provision and Operator Performance from Tuesday 11 February 2020 for six weeks until 5pm on Monday 23 March 2020.
The purpose of the Focussed Consultation was to seek feedback from statutory consultees, stakeholders, communities, local organisations and businesses on the proposed Area of Search, the potential new sites (Land West of Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood and Area between Horton Brook and Poyle Quarry) and Policy DM15 (Past Operator Performance).
The consultation document supporting this consultation can be found by visiting www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult.
Call for Sites 2019
The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities ran another 'Call for Sites' exercise from Wednesday 9 October to Friday 29 November 2019. This involved asking minerals and waste site operators, landowners and developers if they have any additional land not previously put forward for consideration for minerals and waste use. This included any aspirations for extending or widening the range of operations or facilities at existing sites.
This further round of consultation was to seek nominations for additional land, which had not previously been submitted, to be considered for future minerals and waste operations in the Plan area over the next 15 to 20 years.
Additional Regulation 18 consultation on the potential allocation of Bray Quarry Extension
Following the 'Draft Plan' consultation in 2018, it was decided to hold a further 'call for sites' exercise inviting site nominations from industry, agents and landowners. Bray Quarry Extension was the only site proposed. An initial assessment of the site has been undertaken and it has been concluded that it may potentially be suitable to be allocated for sand and gravel extraction.
The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities ran a consultation from 9 July to 19 August 2019 seeking feedback from statutory consultees, stakeholders, communities, local organisations and businesses on this potential new site. The consultation document supporting this consultation can be found by visiting www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult.
Further Call for Sites 2018
To support the preparation of the 'Proposed Submission' version of the Plan, the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities invited further nominations for minerals and waste site proposals from Friday 23 November 2018 - Friday 11 January 2019. This was held because the Draft Plan recognises a shortfall in capacity particularly towards the end of the Plan period (2030+).
Draft minerals and waste plan consultation - August 2018
The second stage in plan-preparation was the production of a Draft Plan (formerly referred to as "Preferred Options"). The purpose of this consultation was to engage the community in discussion on managing minerals and waste for the next 20 years. It was also an opportunity to gather more local evidence to determine the plan policies and site allocations.
The consultation period ran from Monday 6 August 2018 to Friday 12 October 2018. In April 2019, a report was published summarising the responses made to this consultation.
All documents are available to view on the consultation website at: Hants.gov.uk - Draft Plan Consultation 2018
Issues and options consultation - June 2017
The consultation paper formed the first stage in plan-preparation. The purpose of this consultation was to engage the community in discussion on the issues for managing minerals and waste for the next 20 years. It was also an opportunity to gather more evidence to inform the options for the plan policies and site allocations.
Consultation period: From Friday 9 June 2017 to Friday 21 July 2017.
All consultation documents, including the consultation paper, background papers, and FAQs are available to view on the consultation website at: Hants.gov.uk - Issues and Options.
Call for sites 2017
A Call for Sites process ran for an 8 week period from Monday 13 March to 5pm - Friday 5 May 2017.