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The Central and Eastern Berkshire Minerals and Waste Plan

Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council (collectively referred to as the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities) are working in partnership to produce a Joint Minerals and Waste Plan which will guide minerals and waste decision making in the Plan area.

The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan will build upon the formerly adopted minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area, eventually providing replacement policies based on up to date evidence of the current levels of provision for minerals and waste facilities in the Plan area.  Importantly, the Plan aims to establish the future levels of provision required to meet national and regional policy targets and objectives.  It will set out a new vision of how this will be achieved and provide details of strategic sites that we propose will deliver the vision.

Joint Central and Eastern Berkshire Focused Regulation 19 Proposed Submission Consultation

The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities are now conducting a Regulation 19 Proposed Submission Consultation. The Consultation document sets the Proposed Submission version of the plan and invites representations to be made on it under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). Consultation lasts from 3 September 2020 to 5pm on 15 October 2020.

The Proposed Submission Plan is the version that is intended to submit to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent Planning Inspector. The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities are therefore inviting representations on legal compliance and/or 'soundness' (please see the accompanying 'Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)' document at https://www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult for a definition of 'soundness'). Any representation made must refer to legal compliance and/or the tests of 'soundness' otherwise they may not be considered by the Secretary of State. All representations received during the stipulated time period will be compiled and submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

Due to Covid-19, electronic techniques and communications will be employed. All documents, including the Proposed Submission Plan details on how to make representation, and supporting documents including a Sustainability Appraisal, are available to view on the dedicated consultation website.

Previous stages

To date, several information gathering consultations have been achieved to inform the Plan, each of these form part of consultations undertaken as part of Regulation 18 (of the Local Planning (England) Regulations 2012):

  • In Summer 2017, an 'Issues and Options' Consultation was undertaken to gather technical information and confirm the evidence base;
  • During Summer / Autumn 2018, a 'Draft Plan' consultation set out the proposed approach for the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan
  • Due to a limited number of site options, a further 'Call for Sites' exercise was carried out.  This resulted in an additional site (Bray Quarry Extension) being proposed.  This was subject to consultation during the Summer of 2019
  • In February and March 2020, a Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand & Gravel Provision and Operator Performance document was subject to consultation, which consulted on the criteria for defining an 'Area of Search' for sand & gravel provision, two new sites and a new 'operator past performance' policy.

Information on the above stages can be found at https://www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult

In this area

  • New Local Plan
  • The Central and Eastern Berkshire Minerals and Waste Plan
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