Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton
Minerals and Waste
Policy 27: The Mineral Planning Authority will permit the extraction of clay from land within the following preferred areas, as shown on the proposals map inset maps:
Area 8 - Selborne Brickworks, Selborne; and
Area 9 - Michelmersh Brickworks, Michelmersh;
(i) the clay is only to be used for the manufacture of bricks and/or tiles at the adjacent brickworks; and
(ii) there is a need for additional permitted reserves of clay to enable the continued production of bricks and/or tiles at the adjacent brickworks which outweighs any adverse environmental, traffic or other impact that the development would be likely to cause; and
(iii) the development proposals meet the specific criteria for the preferred area as set out in the text accompanying the proposals map inset maps.
Policy 28: The extraction of clay (excluding borrow pits) from outside the preferred areas specified in Policy 27 will not be permitted unless the Mineral Planning Authority is satisfied that there is a clearly established need for the clay for the lining or capping of landfill sites which cannot reasonably and satisfactorily be met from another source and that the need outweighs any adverse environmental, traffic or other impact that the development would be likely to cause.
5.64 The County's two remaining brickworks at Michelmersh and Selborne are important producers of local, high quality, hand-made bricks. The Mineral Planning Authorities believe that their continued operation should be supported. Planning permissions for further clay reserves may be required at both brickworks during the Plan period to enable them to continue in production. Therefore, preferred areas are identified in Policy 27 for extensions to the existing clay workings at both sites. Maps showing these two preferred areas, together with the main issues that need to be addressed and criteria that need to be met by any applications for mineral working, are set out in Appendix 1. As requirements to prevent pollution at waste disposal sites become more stringent, there may also be a need during the Plan period for clay to be produced for lining and capping landfill sites. In considering applications to extract clay for this purpose, the Mineral Planning Authorities will have particular regard to the location of the proposed site in relation to the landfill site and the desirability of minimising lorry movements.