Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review

Norfolk County Council is 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.

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Call for mineral extraction sites

The ‘call for mineral extraction sites’ for the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review will take place for six weeks, from 26 June to 4 August 2017 (inclusive) and we would welcome proposals for potential specific site allocations for carstone, sand and gravel, or silica sand extraction in the period up to 2036. We are not seeking proposals for the extraction of any other minerals.

Only sites proposed for mineral extraction 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.

A form is available which must be used for the submission of mineral extraction 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:

  • 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)

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, except for borehole data, may be made publicly available.

Specific sites for mineral extraction can be proposed to Norfolk County Council by post and email (LDF@norfolk.gov.uk) and should be received by Norfolk County Council by 4 August 2017.

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.

Next steps

Following the “call for mineral sites” process the County Council will assess the sites submitted, in consultation with other relevant statutory bodies.  If the County Council concludes that the submitted information is insufficient to determine whether a site is acceptable in principle, the proposer of the site will be given the opportunity to supply additional information.  A site-specific allocation will not be proposed in the draft plan unless it is likely to meet the tests of soundness at examination in public.

After the “call for sites” period finishes, the next stage in the preparation of the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review will be the publication of a public consultation document, which is planned to take place in spring 2018.