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Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review

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:

  • Initial Consultation (Regulation 18): July/August 2018
  • Preferred options public consultation (Regulation 18): August/September 2019
  • Pre-submission publication representations period (Regulation 19): May/June 2020
  • Submission to the Secretary of State (Regulation 22): September 2020
  • Examination Hearings (Regulation 24): January 2021 (this will be determined by the Planning Inspectorate)
  • Adoption (Regulation 26): September 2021 (this will be dependent on the date when the Planning Inspector's report is received and the relevant Cabinet and full Council meeting dates)

Latest news

Preferred Options Consultation

The draft Preferred Options document will be taken to Norfolk County Council's Infrastructure and Development Select Committee meeting on 17 July 2019.
View the Committee Report 

The draft Preferred Options document is available to view below (due to its size it has been published in the following sections):

The draft Preferred Options document will also be taken to Norfolk County Council's Cabinet meeting on 5 August 2019 with a recommendation for a public consultation to take place on the Preferred Options document. The public consultation is planned to start at the end of August 2019.

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Sites MIN 79 and MIN 80 at Mangreen (within the parishes of Swardeston, Swainsthorpe and Stoke Holy Cross) have been withdrawn from the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review process by the mineral operator (Tarmac) and the landowners.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.

Call for waste management sites

The ‘call for waste management sites’ took place for six weeks, from 14 January to 25 February 2019.  We asked for proposals for potential specific site allocations for waste treatment facilities in the period up to 2036 as part of our Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review process.

Only new permanent sites larger than one hectare, proposed for waste treatment with an estimated annual throughput of at least 50,000 tonnes, will be considered for allocation.

We asked for the following information about the proposed site and the area surrounding it, including:

  • A map of the site location and proposed HGV access route
  • Landowner willingness for the site to be included as a waste management site allocation
  • Description of the waste management operations which are proposed
  • Types of waste to be managed and estimated annual throughput
  • Number of HGV movements per day
  • Information on planning constraints relevant to the proposed site location (including environmental designations, landscape, the historic environment, amenity and infrastructure)

Previous stages

Initial Consultation 2018

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:

Call for mineral extraction sites 2017

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:

  • A map of the site location and proposed HGV access route
  • Landowner willingness for the site to be included as a mineral extraction site allocation
  • Borehole data and a statement as to the quality, quantity and extent of the mineral resource which is of commercial interest
  • Information on planning constraints relevant to the proposed site location (including environmental designations, landscape, the historic environment, agricultural land, amenity and infrastructure)

Planning for mineral extraction

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.

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