Regulation 19 Proposed Submission Consultation
Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council (collectively referred to as the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities) are working in partnership to produce a Joint Minerals and Waste Plan which will guide minerals and waste decision making in the Plan area.
The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities are now publishing the Proposed Submission version of the plan and inviting representations to be made on it, under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).
The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan will replace the adopted minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area, based on up-to-date evidence of the current levels of provision for minerals and waste facilities in the Plan area. Importantly, the Plan aims to establish the future levels of provision required to meet national and regional policy targets and objectives. It will set out a new vision of how this will be achieved and provide details of strategic sites that we propose will deliver the vision.
To date, several information gathering consultations have been completed to inform the Plan, under Regulation 18 (of the Local Planning (England) Regulations 2012):
- In Summer 2017, an ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation was undertaken to gather technical information and confirm the evidence base;
- During Summer / Autumn 2018, a ‘Draft Plan’ consultation set out the proposed approach for the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan
- Due to a limited number of site options, a further ‘Call for Sites’ exercise was carried out. This resulted in an additional site (Bray Quarry Extension) being proposed. This was subject to consultation during the Summer of 2019
- In Spring 2020 a focussed consultation on Sand & Gravel Provision and Operator Performance was undertaken. This consultation concentrated on an Area of Search Approach, two new proposed sites (Land West of Basingstoke Road, Swallowfield and an Area between Horton Brook & Poyle Quarry) and a new DM15 Policy on Operator Past Performance.
The Proposed Submission Plan is the version that it is intended to submit to the Secretary of State for examination by an independent Planning Inspector. The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities are therefore inviting representations on legal compliance and/or ‘soundness’ (please see the accompanying ‘frequently asked questions’ (FAQs) document for a definition of ‘soundness’). Any representations made must refer to legal compliance and/or the tests of ‘soundness’ otherwise they may not be considered by the Secretary of State. All representations received during the stipulated time period are being compiled and submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.
The Proposed Submission Plan document and other supporting documentation are listed below.
Key Proposed Submission Plan documents
- Proposed Submission Plan
- Minerals: Background Study
- Waste: Background Study
- Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment) Environmental Report
- Habitats Regulations Assessment: Screening & Appropriate Assessment
- Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
- Strategic Traffic & Transport Assessment
- Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment
- Heritage Statement
- Restoration Study
- Minerals & Waste Safeguarding Study
- Minerals: Proposal Study
- Waste: Proposal Study
- Equalities Impact Assessment
- Duty to Cooperate Statement
- Climate Change Topic Paper
- Policies Map
- Soft Sand Study
Key supporting documents
Consultation (representations) period
Consultation on the Proposed Submission plan ran for six weeks, beginning on 3 September 2020 and ending 15 October 2020. The consultation has now closed. Late representations may not be accepted as duly made.
Important / additional information
In order to comply with Government guidance and regulations during the current Covid-19 pandemic (or other public health emergency), it is not possible to consult on planning policy documents using usual methods. This is because of the requirements to minimise travel, social distancing and the closure of certain Council facilities.
Due to Covid-19, electronic techniques and communications will be employed. Documents will be available to view on the dedicated consultation website (www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult). Please refer to the relevant Authority websites regarding availability of hard copies at libraries and/or council offices.