Silica sand review examination

The Single Issue Silica Sand Review of the Minerals Site Specific Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) was submitted to the Secretary of State on 8 December 2016 for independent examination.

The examination library, including the submission documents, is available to view here.

This page will be updated on a regular basis with information on the progress of the examination.

Main Modifications and Additional Modifications 

The hearing sessions for the independent examination of the Single Issue Silica Sand Review took place on 14 and 15 March 2017. There are some issues which the Planning Inspector considers should be regarded as Main Modifications. There are also two additional modifications to the Single Issue Silica Sand Review that are not considered to be Main Modifications (i.e., when taken together they do not materially affect the policies set out in the plan). Further information is provided in the Main Modifications and Additional Modifications document.

The Main Modifications and Additional Modifications, including associated changes to the supporting documents, are now published to allow representations on the soundness and legal compliance of the document be made, over a six week period, from 9am on 17 July to 5pm 1 September 2017.

The statement of the representations procedure and representations form is available here.

Representations must be made in writing via one of the following methods:

Online: http://norfolk.jdi-consult.net/localplan/

Email: LDF@norfolk gov.uk

Post: Norfolk County Council, Planning Services, CES Department, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH

All the representations received will be provided to the independent Planning Inspector who is carrying out the examination of the Single Issue Silica Sand Review.

All representations, in whatever form, must be received during the representations period (9am 17 July to 5pm 1 September 2017); late responses cannot be accepted.

The Main Modifications and Additional Modifications will be available for public inspection, free of charge, within normal opening hours, between 17 July and 1 September 2017, at all public libraries in Norfolk, and at:

  • Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH
  • Breckland District Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, East Dereham, NR19 1EE
  • Broadland District Council, Thorpe Lodge, Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Great Yarmouth,NR30 2QF
  • Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, King’s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1EX
  • North Norfolk District Council, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EL
  • Norwich City Council, City Hall, Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
  • South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE
  • The Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY

Latest News

Planning Inspector's letter to Norfolk County Council - 19 June 2017

Planning Inspector's letter to Norfolk County Council - 22 March 2017

Planning Inspector's letter to Historic England - 22 March 2017

The statements provided by Norfolk County Council and Historic England in response to the Inspector's letters of 22 March 2017 can be found in the examination library, section G.

The opening statement made by Norfolk County Council at the Hearing sessions on the 14 and 15 March 2017 can be read here.

The appointed Inspector has prepared for the examination and produced the following documents, Examination Guidance Notes, Final Matters and Issues (1 February 2017) and a Final examination hearings programme (March 2017)


Please note the key dates below:

Midday Friday 17 February 2017 - deadline for confirming if you wish to speak at the hearing and deadline for submission of further statements
10am Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Hearing Sessions commence

The examination hearing sessions will be held in the Pedlars Room at the George Hotel, Station Street, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7LJ

Hearing statements have been produced by the following organisations:

The Planning Inspector

Inspector Jonathan Manning BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI from the Planning Inspectorate has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the independent examination of the Single Issue Silica Sand Review of the Minerals Site Specific Allocations DPD.

The Planning Inspector's task is to consider the soundness of the Silica Sand Review, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework. The Inspector will also consider whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate and meets the legal and procedural requirements.

Programme Officer

Annette Feeney has been appointed as the independent Programme Officer. The Programme Officer works on the Inspector's behalf, organising and managing the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process. The Programme Officer is the sole link between the Planning Inspector and other parties.

Any queries about the examination or any correspondence to the Inspector should be sent to:

Post: Annette Feeney, c/o Planning Services, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH
Email: annette.feeney@norfolk.gov.uk
Phone: 07775 771026

Submission documents

From 4 January 2017 the Submission documents will be available for public inspection, free of charge, within normal opening hours, at all public libraries in Norfolk, and at:

  • Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH
  • Breckland Council, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, East Dereham, NR19 1EE
  • Broadland District Council, Thorpe Lodge, Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QF
  • Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, King's Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1EX
  • North Norfolk District Council, Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EL
  • Norwich City Council, City Hall, Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
  • South Norfolk Council, South Norfolk House, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE
  • The Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1RY
The Submission documents can be viewed in the examination library and are:
  • A35 - Pre-Submission Single Issue Silica Sand Review
  • A105 - Pre-Submission Addendum: Modifications
  • A100 - Additional minor modifications to the Silica Sand Review
  • A40 - Revised Policies Map
  • A45 - Sustainability Appraisal Report Part A
  • A50 - Sustainability Appraisal Report Part B
  • A55 - Sustainability Appraisal Report non-technical summary
  • A60 - Habitats Regulations Assessment Task 1
  • A65 - Habitats Regulations Assessment Task 2
  • A90 - Pre-Submission Statement of Consultation
  • A92 - Statement of Consultation (Part 2)