Paul Nathanail, Chair, Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum writes: Following the change in administration after May’s County Council elections the incoming Conservatives decided not to continue with the draft Minerals Plan and instead have gone back to the drawing board.
The current Minerals Local Plan is out of date and Notts County Council are now preparing a new plan to replace it. The new Minerals Local Plan will cover the period 2016 to 2036 and will set out how much mineral we are likely to need, site specific allocations to meet identified demand and a range of planning policies against which future minerals development will be assessed.
It is important to note that any comments made on the Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan withdrawn in May 2017 cannot be taken into account as part of the preparation of the new Minerals Local Plan.
The first stage in preparing a new Plan is an Issues and Options consultation. The document will set out the key issues that are expected to arise over the plan period to 2036 and what reasonable options we think exist to meet them. A series of questions has been included in the consultation document to aid discussion, however we also want to hear about any other issues you may wish to raise regarding future minerals development in Nottinghamshire.
The Issues and Options consultation document will not be considering or identifying new quarries. This process will be undertaken at a later stage in the Plan preparation process.
Subject to approval at Communities and Place Committee on the 9th November 2017 Notts CC will be undertaking an 8 week consultation period between 20th November 2017 and 14th of January 2018.
The Issues and Options consultation document along with additional background information will be available at Nottinghamshire.gov.uk/minerals from the 20th November 2017.
The County Council is encouraging responses to be made via its online consultation system. Details of how to use the online consultation system can be found at Nottinghamshire.gov.uk/minerals.
Comments submitted via email or letter will still be accepted subject to a name and email or address being provided, as we cannot accept anonymous comments.
Further public consultation will be undertaken on a draft minerals plan before the final Minerals Local Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for an Independent Examination.
The timetable for the preparation of the Minerals Local Plan is as follows:
•November 2017: Publication of Issues and Options public consultation document
•June 2018: Publication of the draft Minerals Local Plan and associated public consultation
•November 2018: Publication of the final Minerals Local Plan and period of formal consultation
•Summer 2019: Independent Examination
•Autumn 2019: Adoption of the Minerals Local Plan by the County Council.
The consultation documents will be available on the County Council’s website from 20th November 2017.
Please note that the draft Neighbourhood Plan includes comments relevant to minerals policy and the Neighbourhood Forum will submit a response to the consultation document.
Chair, Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum