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.

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

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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.

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The Planning Inspector's final report will be available for public inspection, free of charge, within normal opening hours, from 11 October 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

 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 (ie, 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 supporting documents, were published to allow representations on the soundness and legal compliance of the document to be made, over a six week period, from 17 July to 1 September 2017.

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)

The examination hearing sessions were held on 14 and 15 March 2017 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 Cooperate and meets the legal and procedural requirements. 

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)