We are preparing a Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review, to consolidate the three adopted DPDs into one Local Plan, ensure that the policies within them remain up-to-date and to extend the plan period to the end of 2036.
The national Planning Practice Guidance states that most local plans are likely to require updating in whole or in part at least every five years. The requirement for a planned five-yearly review was incorporated into the adopted Minerals and Waste Core Strategy.
The current adopted plan period is up to the end of 2026; the review will extend this plan period up to the end of 2036 to ensure consistency with the other plans being developed by the Local Planning Authorities in Norfolk.
Once adopted, the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review will contain the policies used to determine planning applications for mineral extraction and associated development and waste management facilities in Norfolk.
The Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review process will take place in stages:
December 2018: Sites MIN 79 and MIN 80 at Mangreen (within the parishes of Swardeston, Swainsthorpe and Stoke Holy Cross) have been withdrawn from the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review process by the mineral operator (Tarmac) and the landowners. This means that the sites will be removed from any future drafts of the M&WLPR and will not be allocated for mineral extraction.
The ‘call for waste management sites’ for the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review will take place for six weeks, from 14 January to 25 February 2019 (inclusive) and we would welcome proposals for potential specific site allocations for waste treatment facilities in the period up to 2036. Specific sites are where landowners are supportive of waste management development and the proposal is likely to be acceptable in planning terms.
Only new permanent sites of over 1 hectares, proposed for waste treatment with an estimated annual throughput of at least 50,000 tonnes, will be considered for allocation. Proposals for changes in the waste management process or types of waste managed on existing permitted sites will not be considered as allocations; these proposals would be assessed through the criteria based policies at the planning application stage. Proposals for new waste management sites (or extensions to existing sites) with an estimated throughput of less than 50,000 tpa or below 1 hectare in size would also be assessed through the criteria based policies. Draft criteria based policies were contained in the Initial Consultation document published in June 2018.
The sites that are currently allocated in the Waste Site Specific Allocations DPD, for which planning permission has not yet been granted, should be resubmitted for consideration in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review if they are proposed as new permanent sites of over 1 hectare for waste treatment facilities with an estimated throughput of over 50,000tpa.
A form is available here which must be used for the submission of waste management sites into the allocations process. The form contains a number of questions regarding the site proposed and the area surrounding it. Information that will need to be provided includes:
Proposers of sites should ensure that sufficient information is provided to demonstrate, at examination, that a site is acceptable for allocation.
The proposed specific sites will be subject to public consultation and therefore it is expected that the information provided, may be made publicly available.
Specific sites for waste management facilities can be proposed to Norfolk County Council by post and email (LDF@norfolk.gov.uk) and should be received by Norfolk County Council by 25 February 2019.
A public consultation on the first stage of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review, called the 'Initial Consultation' took place over six weeks from 29 June to 13 August 2018.
Due to its size, the Initial Consultation document is published below in two parts:
Background documents relevant to the 'Initial Consultation' on the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review are:
A ‘call for mineral extraction sites’ took place from 26 June to 4 August 2017. We asked for proposals for potential specific site allocations for carstone, sand and gravel, or silica sand extraction in the period up to 2036 as part of our Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review process. We are not seeking proposals for the extraction of any other minerals.
Only sites with an estimated resource of at least 500,000 tonnes will be considered for allocation, unless the site will be operated as an extension to an existing permitted site.
We asked for information about the proposed site and the area surrounding it, including:
As part of the production of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan, Norfolk County Council will assess the predicted demand for mineral extraction up to 2036 and aim to allocate specific sites to meet the predicted demand.
The sites that are allocated in the adopted Minerals Site Specific Allocations DPD, for which planning permission has not yet been granted, will be reassessed as part of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review, alongside any potential new sites proposed in response to the current ‘call for mineral extraction sites’. There is no guarantee that existing allocated sites will continue to be allocated in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review.