Joint Minerals and Waste Plan
The central and eastern Berkshire authorities (Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council) are working in partnership to produce a Joint Minerals and Waste Plan. This will guide minerals and waste decision making in the Plan area up until 2036.
Progressing the plan
Issues and options
An issues and options consultation took place between 9 June and 21 July 2017.
The purpose of this consultation was to start to engage with the community and industry on the issues concerned with managing minerals and waste for the next 20 years. It was also an opportunity to gather more evidence to inform options for the plan policies and site allocations. To ensure that the demand for and supply of minerals is properly understood, a Minerals Background Study was prepared together with a Waste Background Paper to provide evidence on the types and quantities of minerals and waste produced and managed.
Draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan
A draft version of the plan (formerly referred to as ‘Preferred Options’) was the subject of consultation between Monday 6 August and Friday 12 October 2018.
This sets out draft policies and proposed sites for minerals and waste development to meet future needs. Various supporting evidence based documents were also published at the same time, including a Restoration Study and a Safeguarding Study. The purpose of this consultation was to gather comments from the community and industry on the draft policies and proposals and to collect more local evidence to help develop the policies and site allocations.
Responses to the consultation are now being reviewed and further work is being done on the draft policies, proposals and evidence base. A full report detailing the outcomes of the consultation will be published online in the near future.
Calls for minerals and waste sites
At various stages in the process, landowners, agents and potential developers have been invited to put forward sites for consideration within the Joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan.
These include sites for mineral supply such as soft sand or sharp sand and gravel. They also include sites for waste development such as:
- waste to energy facilities
- waste transfer stations
- composting facilities
The most recent call for sites closed on 11 January 2019. This took place as the draft plan recognised a shortfall in capacity, particularly towards the end of the Plan period (2030 onwards).
It is hoped to publish the ‘Proposed Submission’ version of the plan for consultation in autumn 2019.
All consultation documents are available to view on the consultation website.