Nottinghamshire County Council has a statutory duty to publish an up-to-date Minerals Local Plan – a blueprint for future of minerals extraction in the county up to 2036. They have completed a number of stages of public consultation on a new Minerals Local Plan since 2017, with the most recent public consultation on the draft version of the minerals plan in July 2018.
The next stage of public consultation which will open on Friday 30th August and close at 16.30 Friday 11th October 2019.
The public consultation on the ‘Publication Version’ of the minerals plan is seeking views on whether the plan is legally compliant and considered ‘sound’. As a result, representations need to focus on.
- Has the Local Plan followed the key stages as set out in the authorities Local Development Scheme;
- Is the Local Plan in general accordance with the authorities Statement of Community Involvement;
- Has the authority prepared a Sustainability Appraisal.
- Does the Local Plan comply with all other relevant requirements of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended.
- Is the plan considered ‘sound’ namely that it is:
- Positively prepared – providing a strategy which, as a minimum seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs, and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring authorities is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;
- Justified – an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;
- Effective – deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and
- Consistent with national policy – enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the NPPF.
You can find a more detailed guidance note on the County Council’s website at Nottinghamshire.gov.uk/minerals to help you understand the tests of soundness.
You can find more information about submitting representations electronically at Nottinghamshire.gov.uk/minerals. As an alternative, representations can be sent either as a word document or PDF via email, however they will need to be presented in the correct format. See guidance on our webpage. Submitting representations electronically aids in the speed and effectiveness of the consultation process.
Representations submitted on paper will be accepted if they are in the correct format, however this increases the time taken to process representations and slows the development of the minerals plan.
A hard copy of the Publication Version of the Minerals Local Plan can be viewed at County Hall, District / Borough Council offices and the following libraries during normal opening hours; Arnold, Beeston, Bingham, Clifton, Hucknall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Mansfield, Newark, Retford, Southwell, Sutton-in-Ashfield, West Bridgford and Worksop.