Central and Eastern Berkshire - Joint Minerals & Waste Plan

Previous work on the Plan

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.

Key documentation

The Proposed Submission Plan document and other supporting documentation are listed below.

Key Proposed Submission Plan documents

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.

JCEB Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand & Gravel Provision and Operator Performance

The Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand & Gravel Provision and Operator Performance (‘the Focussed Consultation’) ran for six weeks beginning on 11 February and closing at 5pm on 23 March 2020.

The purpose of the Focussed Consultation was to seek feedback from statutory consultees, stakeholders, communities, local organisations and businesses on the proposed Area of Search, the potential new sites (Land West of Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood and Area between Horton Brook and Poyle Quarry) and Policy DM15 (Past Operator Performance).

Thank you to all who responded to the Focussed Consultation. A summary report detailing the outcomes of the consultation is now available (please see below).

JCEB Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation summary report

Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation (redacted) representations:

Key documents associated with the Focussed Consultation:

Focussed Consultation document

Previous stages of the Plan preparation

The first stage in plan preparation was the Issues and Options consultation, conducted Summer 2017.

The second stage in plan-preparation was the Draft Plan consultation, conducted Summer 2018.

Following completion of the consultation, the results were analysed and included in the JCEB Draft Plan Consultation Summary Report. The report seeks to detail who responded, whether the policies and sites were considered sound and what amendments were proposed.

This summary of responses report is a guide for stakeholders and the Central & Eastern Berkshire Authorities to review the responses received. It will be used, together with the full responses and any further information collected or received, to prepare for the next consultation (the 'Proposed Submission consultation') which is scheduled to be carried out in 2020. The full responses are being published through the following document along with the names of the respondents. In line with Data Protection legislation and principles, personal addresses and any personally sensitive information has been redacted.

JCEB Minerals and Waste Plan Draft Plan Consultation 2018

As part of the second stage of the Plan preparation process, was the Additional Regulation 18 (Site Specific) Consultation, conducted during the summer of 2019. The Site Specific Consultation focussed on Bray Quarry Extension and associated assessments (including the Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment). It ran for six weeks, beginning 9 July 2019 and ending on 19 August 2019. The responses have now been processed and the consultation summary can be read here: Consultation Summary Report: Addendum

Each year Minerals Planning Authorities are required to produce a Local Aggregates Assessment to establish the current and predicted situation in that Authority (NPPF 2019). The 2019 Central and Eastern Berkshire Local Aggregates Assessment can be read here: 2019 JCEB Local Aggregates Assessment