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1. Overview

Buckinghamshire County Council are responsible for preparing the minerals and waste planning documents for Buckinghamshire. These documents show the policies and proposals for carrying out mineral extraction and waste management development.

For more information, email mineralswastepolicy@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

 

Local Plan 2016-2036

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 was considered and adopted at a county council meeting on 25 July 2019. 

 

Mineral extraction

The main minerals found in Buckinghamshire are sand and gravel. We make sure there are enough sites, with planning permission for extraction, to:

  • meet local demand
  • contribute towards national demand

As well as sand and gravel, some chalk and clay extraction also takes place within the county.

 

Waste management

Waste developments can include:

  • recycling centres
  • bulking up facilities
  • energy from waste plants
  • anaerobic digestion facilities
  • landfill

These facilities manage waste produced by households, industry, and businesses in the county.

 

Development plan

All local planning authorities must produce a development plan. 

The development plan for Buckinghamshire consists of:

  • saved policies (in district council local plans, district council core strategies and development plan documents)
  • The Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 (adopted 2019)

The Local Planning Authority decide whether to grant or refuse planning permission. 
Planning permission on new developments must made in accordance with the Development Plan. This is part of the 'plan-led' system.

 

2. Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036

The Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 was considered and adopted at a county council meeting on 25 July 2019.

 Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036

View the Minerals and Waste Policy Map.

The plan includes site allocations for minerals and preferred locations where waste development would be appropriate. 

All the supporting evidence base documents can be found in the examination library.

 

3. Development of the minerals and waste local plan

Inspectors report and adoption

The Planning Inspectorate appointed Stephen Normington to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Buckinghamshire County Council's Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

He concluded his examination into the local plan with the publication of the Inspector's Report and Appendix on the 5 June 2019.

Minerals and Waste Local Plan Adoption Statement
Minerals and Waste Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal adoption statement
Sustainability Appraisal

 

Submission and examination

All representations made on the Proposed Submission Plan were considered by the independent Planning Inspector following the Plan's submission on 1 June 2018. Public hearing sessions into the plan took place on 24 and 25 September 2018, details on the hearing session can be found on the examination page.

Consultation on proposed modifications took place from 10 December to 4 February and 11 February to 25 March.

 

Proposed modifications documents

Schedule of Proposed Modifications
Schedule of Proposed Modifications MM14 and MM19
Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Addendum Report
SA Report amended to reflect the Proposed Modifications (amendments are shown as track changes)
Additional Modifications
Schedule of Response to Proposed and Further Proposed Modifications

 

Proposed submission

This was the final stage of the consultation and engagement process and the version of the plan that the county council took forward for its examination by an independent planning inspector.

Representations on the proposed submission plan were able to be made for an eight week period leading up to 3 May 2018.

Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Proposed Submission January 2018
Minerals and Waste Summary Leaflet March 2018
Comments form 
Local Aggregate Assessment 2017 October 2017
Schedule of Representations to Preferred Options November 2017
Habitats Regulations Screening Assessment June 2017
Site Assessment Methodology May 2017
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report July 2017
Sustainability Appraisal Report (Proposed Submission) December 2017
Map of primary and secondary areas of focus for sand and gravel extraction July 2017
Technical Annex - Site Assessments Updated December 2017
Briefing Note: Minerals Provision Updated December 2017
Briefing Note: Spatial Strategy for Waste Updated December 2017
Local Aggregates Assessment 2016 October 2016
Waste Needs Assessment May 2017
Waste Needs Assessment Addendum Report Updated November 2017
Methodology for Defining Mineral Safeguarding and Consultation Areas April 2017
Non-technical Summary of Buckinghamshire's Strategic Flood Risk Assessments and Methodology for Application of the Sequential Test for Proposed Mineral and Waste Allocations April 2017
Sequential Test of Proposed Mineral and Waste Allocations December 2017
Annual Monitoring Report 2016-17 July 2017
Duty to Co-operate Strategic Statement December 2016
Statement of the Representations Procedure March 2018
Tests of Soundness March 2018

 

Preferred options (draft plan)

The Preferred Options (Draft Plan) formed the second formal stage of engagement and it was consulted on for an eight week period between 2 August and 27 September 2017.

Representations received relating to the Preferred Options Plan and SA Environmental Report were given due consideration in the preparation of the Proposed Submission Plan. In total 77 responses were received from individuals, government agencies, environmental groups, the minerals and waste industry/agents as well as Buckinghamshire district and town and parish councils and other county councils. The largest proportion of both respondents and individual representations related to issues around the identified sites and locations in the Preferred Options Plan.

BCC Draft Plan Minerals and Waste Local Plan, August 2017
Habitats Regulations Screening Assessment, June 2017
Issues and Options Consultation Report, June 2017 (includes the schedule of responses to the Issues and Options document of April 2015)
Site Assessment Methodology, May 2017
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for Draft Plan, July 2017
Sustainability Appraisal Report for the Draft Plan, July 2017
Map of primary and secondary areas of focus for sand and gravel extraction, July 2017
Technical Annex - Site Assessments, August 2017
Briefing Note: Minerals Provision, June 2017
Briefing Note: Spatial Strategy for Waste, June 2017
Local Aggregates Assessment 2016
Waste Needs Assessment, May 2017
Waste Needs Assessment Addendum Report, May 2017
Methodology for Defining Mineral Safeguarding and Consultation Areas within Buckinghamshire, April 2017
Non-technical Summary of Buckinghamshire's Strategic Flood Risk Assessments and Methodology for Application of the Sequential Test for Proposed Mineral and Waste Allocations, April 2017
Sequential Test of Proposed Mineral and Waste Allocations, July 2017
Annual Monitoring Report 2016-17
Duty to Co-operate Strategic Statement, December 2016

 

Issues and options

The Issues and Options Consultation (early 2015) was the first formal stage of engagement in the process to move to a fully updated local plan. Although at that stage it was anticipated that the adopted Minerals and Waste Core Strategy would remain as a standalone document and not be combined into the plan, the questions asked were still pertinent in relation to a combined plan.

As a result of both responses received, and consideration of local circumstances, the options were then narrowed down to identify the preferred approach and proposed allocations, which are considered to be the best way forward and these were contained within the Preferred Options document.

A summary of representations made at the Issues and Options Consultation stage and how the new combined plan addresses these is available on the Preferred Options webpage.

BCC Issues and Options Consultation document, February 2015
Issues and Options Background papers, February 2015

 

4. Superseded minerals and waste documents

The Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2016-2036 now supersedes the Waste Local Plan 2004-2016 and Minerals and Waste Core Strategy 2012.

 

Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2004-2016

The Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2004-2016 (BMWLP) was adopted in 2006. In 2009, the Secretary of State directed that all of the policies of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2004-2016 (apart from policies 26 and 35) should be ‘saved’ and should continue to inform decisions on planning applications, until they are replaced by new policies in new Development Plan Documents or Local Plans.

In addition, the Supplementary Planning Guidance documents continued to be regarded as a material consideration in determining planning applications.

Some of the 'saved' policies have been replaced by policies within in the Buckinghamshire Minerals and Waste Core Strategy (MWCS).

Downloads

Adopted Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2004-2016
Minerals Waste Local Plan Supplementary Planning Guidance
Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2004-2016 inset maps - Map 2
Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2004-2016 inset plans - Map 4
Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2004-2016 inset plans - Map 5
Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2004-2016 inset plans - Map 6
Letter from The Planning Inspectorate dated 19 September 2005
Inspector's Report
Secretary of State direction - Saved Policies

 

Minerals and Waste Core Strategy 2012

The Minerals and Waste Core Strategy provided the strategic policy framework, and provisions for minerals and waste planning in Buckinghamshire, until 2026.

The Minerals and Waste Core Strategy replaced some of the 'saved' policies contained in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan, and forms part of the Development Plan for Buckinghamshire.

The evidence base for the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy is available electronically through the Examination Library.

Downloads

Minerals and Waste Core Strategy
Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Proposals Map
Adoption Statement
Sustainability Appraisal Report
Sustainability Appraisal Addendum
Sustainability Appraisal Appendices
Inspectors Report
Appendix to the Inspectors Report

 

5. Documentation

The Minerals and Waste Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a statutory document intended to inform the public about the policy documents that are to be produced, their governance arrangements, and the timetable for their production.

The MWLDS 2016-2018 set outs the intention to widen the scope of the previously proposed Replacement Minerals and Waste Local Plan to include the review of the Core Strategy to create a new combined Minerals and Waste Local Plan. 

Minerals and Waste Local Development Scheme (2016-2018)

 

Statement of community involvement (SCI)

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how and when the community can be involved in, and consulted on, the preparation of minerals and waste local plans and the determination of 'County Matter' planning applications. It outlines the methods used to consult and involve the wider community, and provides further information about the local planning processes.

After the recent consultation for the revised SCI, the council has formerly adopted the new SCI in January 2015.

Statement of Community Involvement (2015)

 

Monitoring reports

Monitoring reports are summaries of available information produced especially to monitor the usage of planning policies. This can be useful to help us to identify whether specific policies need to be reviewed. Future Monitoring Reports may be published in segments of key information as and when it is available.

In addition, following the publication of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework we are also required to publish an annual Local Aggregate Assessment. This assessment assists us in planning for an adequate and steady supply of aggregates (sand and gravel) by assessing the supply of, demand for, and potential constraints to aggregate production in Buckinghamshire. 

Downloads

Local Aggregates Assessment 2019
Local Aggregates Assessment 2018 
Local Aggregates Assessment 2017
Local Aggregates Assessment 2016
Local Aggregates Assessment 2015
Local Aggregate Assessment 2014
Local Aggregate Assessment 2013

Monitoring Report 2018
Monitoring Report 2017-18
Monitoring Report 2016-17
Monitoring Report 2015-16
Monitoring Report 2014-15
Monitoring Report 2013-14
Monitoring Report 2012-13
Monitoring Report 2011-12

 

6. Examination

The Inspector

The Planning Inspectorate appointed Stephen Normington to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Buckinghamshire County Council's Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

The inspector considered the soundness of the submitted plan based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (March 2012).

The inspector also took into account the representations submitted on the plan at proposed submission stage and the discussions that took place during the hearing session.

On 5 June 2019 the Inspector issued the final report into the local plan, including the necessary modification to make the plan sound.

Inspectors Report and Appendix

It is now the responsibility of the council to consider the proposed modifications and proceed to the adoption of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

It will be considered by cabinet at its meeting on 8 July 2019 and then go to full council at its meeting on 25 July 2019 to agree adoption.

 

Hearing sessions venue and timetable

Hearing sessions were held on Monday 24 of September 2018 in the Olympic Room of The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8FF.

A programme for the hearing sessions was produced together with the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions. The Matters, Issues and Questions formed the basis of the discussions at the hearing sessions along with any written statements representatives submitted in accordance with the guidance notes.

Hearing session agenda - day 1
Hearing session agenda - day 2

 

Written statements

The following Written Statements were received in response to the Inspector's Matters, Issues & Questions.

Matter 1 - BCC
Matter 2 - BCC
Matter 3 - BCC
Matter 3 - Cemex
Matter 3 - DK Symes for William Boyer & Sons & Mrs Dutfield
Matter 3 - Firstplan for Quattro UK
Matter 3 - Savills for Mr Gurney
Matter 4 - BCC
Matter 5 - BCC
Matter 6 - BCC
Matter 7 - BCC
Matter 7 - Firstplan for Quattro UK
Matter 7 - SLR Consulting for Veolia
Matter 7 - Wycombe District Council
Matter 8 - BCC
Matter 8 - DK Symes for William Boyer & Sons & Mrs Dutfield
Matter 9 - BCC
Matter General Written Statement - Aylesbury Vale DC
Matter General Written Statement - Chiltern  South Bucks Authorities

 

Examination documents

BCC section 20(7c) letter
Notice of public hearing
Summary and analysis of representation addendum
Inspector's Post Hearing Note 9 October 2018
Inspector's Modifications Note