The County Council is responsible for the preparation of planning policy for minerals and waste development in Worcestershire.
The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a public statement setting out the programme for the production of minerals and waste development plan documents by the County Council over the next three years.
All development plan documents prepared by the Council, including the Waste Core Strategy and the Minerals Local Plan, must be prepared in accordance with this timetable.
Current Local Development Scheme (July 2018)
The Local Development Scheme (2018) was approved by Cabinet on 12 July 2018. It sets out the timetable for the preparation, examination and adoption of the Worcestershire Minerals Local Plan and the commencement of a review of the adopted Waste Core Strategy, and this revision introduced a timetable for the preparation of a separate Mineral Site Allocations Development Plan document. This will ensure that the strategic elements of the Minerals Local Plan can be progressed as quickly as possible to provide certainty over the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and development management policies, whilst also building in flexibility for Mineral Site Allocations to be reviewed and revised if necessary without affecting the strategic policies set out in the Minerals Local Plan.
This change in approach is consistent with the revised National Planning Policy Framework (July 2018) in relation to setting out strategic policies, and takes into account the new requirement that, from April 2018, under Regulation 10A of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), local planning authorities must review local plans at least once every five years from their adoption date to ensure that policies remain relevant and effectively address the needs of the local community.
Previous Local Development Schemes
The Council's first Minerals and Waste Development Scheme became operative on 13 April 2005 and was revised in 2006. This related to the withdrawn Waste Core Strategy.
- A revised Minerals and Waste Development Scheme was approved by the Secretary of State and became operative from 29th August 2008. This Local Development Scheme set out a timetable for the preparation of the Waste Core Strategy. This Local Development Scheme was replaced by the 2010 revision.
- The Local Development Scheme (2010) was approved by the Council's Cabinet on 16 September 2010. The Local Development Scheme was then forwarded to Government Office for the West Midlands who had four weeks to object to it. They made no objections so the Local Development Scheme came into effect on 1November 2010. The government subsequently removed the requirement for Councils to submit their Local Development Schemes to the Secretary of State. The power to approve them now lies with the Council's Cabinet.
- The Local Development Scheme (March 2011) revised the previous version of the Local Development Scheme to include reference to the proposed consultation on the "First Draft Submission" Stage of the Waste Core Strategy which was not included in the previous Local Development Scheme.
- The Local Development Scheme (November 2011) came into effect on 3 November 2011. It was updated to reflect timetable changes resulting from the additional consultation on the Addendum to the Submission Document. This consultation had not previously been anticipated and had implications for the anticipated submission and examination dates for the Waste Core Strategy.
- The Local Development Scheme (September 2012) came into effect on 27 September 2012, setting out a timetable for producing a new Minerals Local Plan.
- The Local Development Scheme (April 2015) came into effect on 24 April 2015. It set out the programme for the production of a new Minerals Local Plan. It updated the 2012 LDS to take account of changes to the timetable resulting from the need for significant additional evidence gathering, and to ensure changes in local and national policy are addressed, including the new requirement to produce a Local Aggregates Assessment. It also reflected staff reductions.
- The Local Development Scheme (2017) came into effect on on 20 July 2017. It set out the timetable for the preparation of the Worcestershire Minerals Local Plan and the commencement of a review of the adopted Waste Core Strategy. This version of the LDS reflected the need to undertake an additional call for sites and a further additional stage of consultation on the Minerals Local Plan to address issues in relation to the Spatial Strategy (policies in the local plan which govern the location of minerals sites).