Silica sand review

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;

  • Initial consultation (March – April 2015)
  • Call for sites (June 2015)
  • Preferred options consultation (November – December 2015)
  • Pre-Submission representations stage (May – June 2016)
  • Pre-Submission Addendum: Modifications representations stage (September – October 2016)
  • Submission to the Secretary of State (December 2016)
  • Examination (hearings took place in March 2017)
  • Adoption (December 2017)

Silica Sand Review examination

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.

The Planning Inspector's final report on the examination of the Single Issue Silica Sand Review was received by Norfolk County Council on 9 October 2017.

Pre-submission Addendum: Modifications

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).

The representations received can be viewed here. 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.

Pre-submission representations stage

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). 

View the Pre-submission document

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:

  • Revised Policies Map (illustrates the policies contained in the Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan)
  • Sustainability Appraisal Report (Parts A and B) (shows social, environmental and economic impacts of the Silica Sand Review)
  • Sustainability Appraisal non-technical summary (summary of above)
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment (of impacts on European-designated nature conservation sites)
  • Pre-Submission Statement of Consultation (details consultees and their responses)
  • Equality Impact Assessment (how different people will be affected by the Silica Sand Review process and policies)
  • Flood Risk Sequential Test (demonstrates compliance with the requirements of paragraphs 100-101 of the National Planning Policy Framework)

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.

Previous consultation stages

Initial consultation

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.

The Initial Consultation document and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report were published for a 6 week consultation period, which took place between 9 March to 20 April 2015.

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.

Call for sites

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.

Preferred options 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. 

These previous consultation documents can be viewed on our e-consultation website.

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