Norfolk County Council adopted the Single Issue Silica Sand Review of the Norfolk Minerals Site Specific Allocations Development Plan Document on 11 December 2017. The following documents have therefore been made available:
The review took place in stages;
The examination hearings for the Silica Sand Review took place in March 2017. Following the hearing sessions the independent Planning Inspector asked Norfolk County Council to publish modifications for representations to be made.
A representations period on Main Modifications and Additional Modifications to the Single Issue Silica Sand Review took place from 17 July to 1 September 2017. Further details are available on the Silica Sand Review examination webpage.
Following the Pre-submission representations stage, Norfolk County Council prepared modifications to the Pre-Submission version of the Single Issue Silica Sand Review.
Further information is provided in the ‘Pre-submission Addendum: Modifications’ document. The ‘Pre-submission Addendum: Modifications’, including associated changes to supporting documents, was published to allow representations on the soundness and legal compliance of the modifications to be made, over a six week period, from 14 September to 27 October 2016 (inclusive).A Feedback Report containing the main issues raised in response to the Modifications representations period and Norfolk County Council’s officer responses to them has been produced.
The Pre-submission version of the Minerals Site Specific Allocations DPD - Single Issue Silica Sand review was published to allow representations on the soundness and legal compliance of the document to be made, over a six week period, from 16 May to 27 June 2016 (inclusive).
In addition to the Pre-submission document, the following documents which provide information to support the policies in the Silica Sand Review have also been published:
A Feedback Report containing the main issues raised in response to the Pre-Submission representations period and Norfolk County Council's officer responses to them has been produced.
The first stage in the Silica Sand Review process was to consult with stakeholders, including parish councils and the public.
The Initial Consultation document contained a number of questions regarding the approach that the County Council proposed to take in the assessment of specific sites and, if necessary, in the designation of preferred areas/areas of search for future silica sand extraction.
A Feedback Report containing all the comments received in response to the Initial Consultation, a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report and Norfolk County Council's officer responses to them has been produced.
The 'call for sites' for the Single Issue Silica Sand Review of the Norfolk Minerals Site Specific Allocations Plan took place during June 2015.
The purpose of the 'call for sites' was to encourage proposals for potential specific site allocations for silica sand extraction, up to 2026, to be submitted. Only one site was proposed, which has been assessed by Norfolk County Council officers and has been subject to public consultation.
Following the Initial Consultation on the Silica Sand Review, the next stage in the process was the Preferred Options Consultation, which took place for 6 weeks between 6 November and 21 December 2015.
The Preferred Options consultation document contains one specific site for silica sand extraction and 10 areas of search which have been defined by planning officers.
Areas of search are large areas within which permission for silica sand extraction may be granted on a smaller area of land.
The Preferred Options document contains an explanation of how the 10 areas of search have been defined and an assessment of the specific site and each of the areas of search.
The Preferred Options Consultation document, was published, together with 3 supporting documents: an Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report (Parts A and B) and a Habitats Regulations Assessment - Test of Likely Significant Effects.