West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are pleased to announce the adoption of the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan by both authorities.
The document sets out a vision and ‘strategic objectives’ to 2033 and will be used as the basis for all planning decisions relating to minerals development in the county. Minerals such as sand, gravel, clay, chalk and stone are essential to our economy and way of life. They provide the raw materials that are used to construct the buildings and infrastructure (such as roads) that we use in our daily lives.
The Plan was examined by an independent planning inspector, who deemed it to be sound, provided that some modifications were made to clarify the intentions of the Plan and how its policies work.
Bob Lanzer, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “The adoption of this Plan is the culmination of extensive evidence gathering, stakeholder and public engagement, and partnership working between the county council and the National Park Authority over a number of years.
“I am delighted that we now have an up-to-date Plan that will ensure that minerals development only takes place to meet identified needs and in a way that ensures that the environment and communities of West Sussex are protected.”
Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “National Parks have the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty and we have worked in close partnership with West Sussex County Council over a number of years to develop a Plan with up-to-date policies that will help safeguard the special landscapes, wildlife and communities of this part of the South Downs National Park.”
The West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan is now part of the statutory Development Plan for West Sussex (both inside and outside of the National Park) and includes use-specific and general policies. It allocates a single site for clay extraction, an extension to the West Hoathly Brickworks site, to ensure there are sufficient supplies of raw materials to continue production at the brickworks to meet the demands of the construction industry.
The Authorities have now begun work to review the need and availability of soft sand in the Plan Area, as required by Policy M2.
The adopted Joint Minerals Local Plan, the Adoption Statement, and the Sustainability Appraisal are available for viewing on www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf and are being made available at the main deposit point locations and opening times listed below.
• West Sussex County Council, County Hall, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RQ (Mon-Thurs 8:30am-5:00pm; Fri 8:30am-4:30pm)
• South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH (Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-4:30pm)
• Adur and Worthing Councils, The Shoreham Centre, Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5WU (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
• Adur and Worthing Councils, Portland House, 44 Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1HS (Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm)
• Arun District Council Reception, Planning Department Reception, Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF (Mon-Thurs 8:45am-5:15pm; Fri 8:45am-4:45pm)
• Chichester District Council Reception, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TY (Mon-Thurs 8:45am-5:10pm; Fri 8:45am-5pm)
• Crawley Borough Council Reception, Town Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley, RH10 1UZ (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm)
• Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council Reception, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL (Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm)
• Mid Sussex District Council Reception, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS (Mon-Thurs 8:45am-5:15pm; Fri 8:45am-4:15pm)
For further information, please contact Planning Services on 01243 642118 or [email protected]