Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton

Minerals and Waste Local Plan:
Adopted December 1998

Minerals Processing and Manufacturing Plant

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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

Alternative Aggregates

Mineral Exploration

Oil And Gas

Aggregates Wharves And Depots

 

5.69 Minerals processing plant is plant required to grade, wash or otherwise process material as extracted from the ground to make a saleable mineral. Manufacturing plant is plant required to adapt the mineral, usually in combination with other material, to manufacture a product such as concrete (i.e. a concrete batching plant), concrete blocks, tarmacadam or asphalt. Ancillary development includes such things as weighbridges, site offices, mess rooms and vehicle maintenance facilities.

5.70 Mineral operators have the right under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 to erect, extend and alter buildings, structures, plant and machinery, and to carry out other operations, in connection with the winning and working, treatment, preparation for sale, consumption, utilisation, storage, and removal of minerals at mineral working sites. The provisions of Policy 35 will therefore only apply where the proposed development is not permitted by the General Permitted Development Order or where the Mineral Planning Authority, by a condition on a planning permission or a legal agreement, has specifically withdrawn General Permitted Development Order rights. The Mineral Planning Authorities do not intend to withdraw General Permitted Development Order rights automatically on every planning permission. In deciding whether General Permitted Development Order rights should be withdrawn the Mineral Planning Authorities will take into account the possible environmental, traffic and long term land use effects if those rights were not withdrawn and, in doing so, will be guided by the other policies of this Plan.

5.71 The Mineral Planning Authorities consider that the location of minerals processing and manufacturing plant and other ancillary development at aggregates pits, wharves or rail depots assists in minimising overall environmental disturbance. The requirement for the greater part of the minerals used at a manufacturing plant to be derived from the site where the plant is located reflects the Mineral Planning Authorities' wish to minimise disturbance through traffic. Accordingly, imports of minerals extracted elsewhere, but used for the same purpose as minerals extracted within the site, will not normally be permitted. Similarly, the Mineral Planning Authorities will not normally permit importation to a site of material won elsewhere for processing. However, exceptions to this general rule may be made in the event that small pockets of material remain to be worked at a site and it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Mineral Planning Authority that there would be environmental advantages in allowing this material to be processed through plant at a nearby site. The Mineral Planning Authorities consider that it is essential for plant and buildings to be removed once extraction at a pit or the use of a wharf or rail depot for the importation of aggregates ceases. This requirement is to secure the satisfactory restoration of sites and to avoid traffic problems that could arise if all the aggregates passing through the plant were to be imported by road.

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