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

This consultation is open from Tuesday 11 February 2020 and will run for six weeks, closing at 5pm on Monday 23 March 2020.

Background

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 build upon the formerly adopted minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area, eventually providing replacement policies 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 achieved to inform the Plan, each of these form part of consultations undertaken as part of 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

The Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities are now conducting a Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand and Gravel Provision and Operator PerformanceThe Consultation document sets out the criteria for defining an ‘Area of Search’ for sand and gravel provision; two new sites (nominated in a recent ‘Call for Sites’ exercise) and a new Operator Performance Policy.

As a result, the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities are inviting feedback from statutory consultees, stakeholders, communities, local organisations and businesses on this Regulation 18 Consultation. 

The responses received will inform the Proposed Submission Plan (Regulation 19) which is being prepared by Hampshire Services on behalf of Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities.  

Consultation details

The consultation document supporting this consultation can be found by visiting www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult  Documents are also available for inspection during normal working hours at all public libraries within the Royal Borough.

You can respond to this consultation by completing an online response form found via www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult  The response form can also be downloaded and returned to:

Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities Joint Minerals and Waste Plan

c/o Hampshire Services
Strategic Planning
Hampshire County Council
First Floor Elizabeth II Court West
The Castle
Winchester SO23 8UD

Or you can email completed forms to [email protected]

There is no need to repeat previous comments made on the plan.

This consultation is open from Tuesday 11 February 2020 and will run for six weeks, closing at 5pm on Monday 23 March 2020.

Additionally, there will be two public exhibitions held in relation to this Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation.  These are ‘drop in’ sessions whereby you will be able to find out more about the consultation.  Details of them are as follows:

  • For Land west of Basingstoke Road, an event will be held at Swallowfield Village Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield, Reading, RG7 1QW, on Wednesday 11 March 2020 from 4pm to 7.30pm. 
  • For the area between Horton Brook and Poyle Quarry, an event will be held at Champney Hall, Horton, Slough, SL3 9PA on Tuesday 17 March 2020 from 3pm-7pm.