1. Joint minerals and waste
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council 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 for the period up to 2036.
The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan will build upon the formerly adopted minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area, and improve and update the evidence base and strengthen the policies and provide details of strategic sites that are proposed to deliver the vision.
Focussed Regulation 18 consultation: Sand and Gravel Provision and Operator Performance
The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities are now conducting a Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand and Gravel Provision and Operator Performance. The consultation document sets out the criteria for defining an 'Area of Search' for sand and gravel provision; two new sites (nominated in the 2019 'Call for Sites' exercise) and a new 'operator past performance' policy.
This consultation is open from Tuesday 11 February 2020 and will run for six weeks, closing at 5pm on Monday 23 March 2020.
See our "Joint minerals and waste - Consultations" page for further details of this consultation.
Call for Sites 2019
The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities ran another 'Call for Sites' exercise from Wednesday 9 October to Friday 29 November 2019. This involved asking minerals and waste site operators, landowners and developers if they have any additional land not previously put forward for consideration for minerals and waste use. This included any aspirations for extending or widening the range of operations or facilities at existing sites.
This further round of consultation was to seek nominations for additional land, which had not previously been submitted, to be considered for future minerals and waste operations in the Plan area over the next 15 to 20 years.
Additional Regulation 18 consultation on the potential allocation of Bray Quarry Extension
Following the 'Draft Plan' consultation in 2018, it was decided to hold a further 'call for sites' exercise inviting site nominations from industry, agents and landowners. Bray Quarry Extension was the only site proposed. An initial assessment of the site has been undertaken and it has been concluded that it may potentially be suitable to be allocated for sand and gravel extraction.
The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities ran a consultation from 9 July to 19 August 2019 seeking feedback from statutory consultees, stakeholders, communities, local organisations and businesses on this potential new site. The consultation document supporting this consultation can be found by visiting www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult.
Further Call for Sites 2018
To support the preparation of the 'Proposed Submission' version of the Plan, the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities invited further nominations for minerals and waste site proposals from Friday 23 November 2018 - Friday 11 January 2019. This was held because the Draft Plan recognises a shortfall in capacity particularly towards the end of the Plan period (2030+).
Draft minerals and waste plan consultation - August 2018
The second stage in plan-preparation was the production of a Draft Plan (formerly referred to as "Preferred Options"). The purpose of this consultation was to engage the community in discussion on managing minerals and waste for the next 20 years. It was also an opportunity to gather more local evidence to determine the plan policies and site allocations.
The consultation period ran from Monday 6 August 2018 to Friday 12 October 2018. In April 2019, a report was published summarising the responses made to this consultation.
All documents are available to view on the consultation website at: Hants.gov.uk - Draft Plan Consultation 2018
Issues and options consultation - June 2017
The consultation paper formed the first stage in plan-preparation. The purpose of this consultation was to engage the community in discussion on the issues for managing minerals and waste for the next 20 years. It was also an opportunity to gather more evidence to inform the options for the plan policies and site allocations.
Consultation period: From Friday 9 June 2017 to Friday 21 July 2017.
All consultation documents, including the consultation paper, background papers, and FAQs are available to view on the consultation website at: Hants.gov.uk - Issues and Options
Call for sites 2017
A Call for Sites process ran for an 8 week period from Monday 13 March to 5pm - Friday 5 May 2017.