Minerals and waste local plan
1. Introduction to minerals and waste planning policy
It is the role of the County Council to prepare Minerals and Waste Planning Documents for Buckinghamshire. These documents set out policies and proposals for where and how mineral extraction and waste management development should be carried out.
The main minerals found in Buckinghamshire are sand and gravel, which are essential for construction activities. We are required to ensure that there is sufficient sand and gravel sites with planning permission for extraction to meet local demand, and to contribute towards national demand. Some chalk and clay extraction also takes place within the County.
Waste developments can include landfill, recycling centers, bulking up facilities, energy from waste plants and anaerobic digestion facilities. These facilities are vital to safely manage the waste produced by households, industry, and businesses in the County.
The planning system in England requires each local planning authority to produce local development documents, which sets out strategies and policies to guide future development in their areas. These documents are collectively referred to as the ‘Development Plan’.
The decision by the Local Planning Authority whether to grant or refuse planning permission for any new development must be made in accordance with the Development Plan, as part of the ‘plan-led’ system.
The Development Plan for Buckinghamshire is currently made up of the following documents:
Saved policies in District Council Local Plans
- District Council Core Strategies, and Development Plan Documents
- Saved policies in the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan (adopted 2006)
- The Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Core Strategy (adopted 2012)
We are responsible for producing planning documents relating to minerals and waste matters. A new Minerals and Waste Local Plan will replace both the 2012 Core Strategy and the remaining elements of the 2006 local plan. This new plan will include site allocations for minerals and identify locations where waste development would be appropriate.
The new Local Plan is now at examination stage.
The timetable for the remaining stages of the new local plan is in the Minerals and Waste Local Development Scheme.
Last updated: 6 June 2018