Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton

Minerals and Waste Local Plan:
Adopted December 1998

Borrow Pits

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Alternative Aggregates

Secondary Aggregates

5. Meeting the Need for Minerals

Marine-Dredged Sand And Gravel

Chalk

Geology

Crushed Rock

Clay

Sand And Gravel

Secondary Or Substitute Aggregate Materials

Borrow Pits

Chalk

Aggregates Supply

Oil And Gas

Clay

Preferred Areas For Sand And Gravel Extraction

Minerals Processing And Manufacturing Plant

Borrow Pits

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Mineral Exploration

Oil And Gas

Aggregates Wharves And Depots

 

5.65 County Structure Plan policy MW11 provides for the extraction of minerals from borrow pits where they are necessary to supply the aggregate needs of major construction projects. However, the Councils are generally opposed to the extraction of minerals from borrow pits. Nevertheless, it is recognised that there are circumstances where the use of borrow pits is the most appropriate way of providing material for specific major construction projects like new roads. This is particularly likely to be the case where: it minimises the number of people, buildings, settlements and public roads affected by the concentration of lorry movements; minimises the distance involved in moving aggregates from the extraction point to the construction project; and where bulk material requirements are met from lower grade mineral resources, without eating into the County's stock of permitted reserves of higher grade sand and gravel. The Councils believe that the provision of aggregates for major construction projects like new roads should be planned as part of the scheme's design. The formulation of proposals and submission of applications for borrow pits at the contract tender stage is considered to be unsatisfactory as it often provides insufficient time for proposals and possible alternatives to be fully evaluated. Notwithstanding this, any proposals that arise will be considered in relation to the criteria in Policy 29. The Mineral Planning Authorities will have regard to the advice contained in DoE Circular 20/87 'Use of Waste Material for Road Fill' (1987) in considering proposals for borrow pits. The County Planning Officers' and County Surveyors' Societies Code of Practice - 'Disposal of Spoil from Major Highway Construction Schemes' (1990) gives guidance on the timing and content of applications for the disposal of surplus waste which is also of relevance to proposals for borrow pits.

5.66 The 'area of disturbance' referred to in Policy 29(iii) comprises the land surrounding a construction project within which there is significant environmental impact by reason of noise, dust, vibration and visual disturbance arising from the construction activities.

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