Regulation 24 Public ExaminationMain Modifications 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 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.
The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State, under Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), as of February 2021. The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan is now undergoing an independent examination, under Regulation 24 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).Hearing Sessions
To date, four days of hearing sessions have been held as outlined below:
Dates: 28, 29 and 30 September 2021
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Offices, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF
Date: 12 October 2021
Location: Virtual Hearing
The hearing sessions were recorded for public viewing. Please see links to the hearing session recordings below:
- Day 1 (28 September 2021) Hearing Session 1
- Day 1 (28 September 2021) Hearing Session 2
- Day 2 (29 September 2021) Hearing Session 1
- Day 2 (29 September 2021) Hearing Session 2
- Day 3 (30 September 2021) Hearing Session 1 Part 1
- Day 3 (30 September 2021) Hearing Session 1 Part 2
- Day 3 (30 September 2021) Hearing Session 2
- 12 October 2021 Virtual Hearing Session 1
- 12 October 2021 Virtual Hearing Session 2
Following the hearing sessions, the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities have been given the opportunity to propose modifications to the submitted Joint Minerals and Waste Plan, in order to make it sound and legally compliant.Main Modifications consultation
The consultation on the proposed Main Modifications to the submitted Joint Minerals and Waste Plan has now closed. The consultation ran for six weeks, taking place between Monday 28 February 2022 and Monday 11 April 2022.
The purpose of the Main Modifications consultation was to seek feedback from statutory consultees, stakeholders, communities, local organisations and businesses on the proposed modifications only to the submitted Plan.
The Proposed Main Modification document and other supporting documentation are listed below.
Key Proposed Main Modification documents
Key supporting documents
In addition to the Main Modifications documents, the Council is publishing a Schedule of Additional Modifications to the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan. These are minor changes not required to make the Plan sound and include updates, changes for consistency and clarity and corrections.
What happens next?
All comments relating to the Main Modifications to the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan will be submitted to the Inspectors via the Programme Officer. The Inspectors will consider all the comments received and decide whether any further hearings are necessary, or if any issues need to be revisited. The Inspectors will then present their final conclusion in a report. If the report concludes that the Plan is ‘sound’, the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities can adopt the Plan, subject to making the Modifications identified.
Planning Inspectors; Rachael A Bust (Lead Inspector) and Nicholas Palmer have been appointed to undertake an independent examination of the soundness of the Plan. The Inspectors task is to consider the soundness and legal compliance of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework) and associated regulations, such as the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Localism Act 2011 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
The Inspectors will take into account the representations submitted upon the Submission Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspectors - these are termed ‘hearing sessions’.
At the end of the Examination, the Inspectors will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.
The Programme Officer
The Programme Officer will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Council and Representors. They are an independent Officer of the Examination and work on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process.
Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
Contact details: Stephanie Street
Address: The Central and Eastern Berkshire – Joint Minerals and Waste Plan, Elizabeth II Court, Winchester, SO23 8UD
Phone: 0370 779 2422
The Plan and all other relevant documents have been compiled into an Examination Library.
This library will be added to as further documents become available.
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.
Last updated: 25 February 2021