We want your views on mineral extraction

The County Council wants to hear residents' and businesses' views on the draft plan and method for choosing mineral sites in Worcestershire.
The County Council wants to hear residents' and businesses' views on the draft plan and method for choosing mineral sites in Worcestershire.
Published Monday, 17th December 2018

A consultation on Worcestershire County Council's Minerals Local Plan is launching today.

The County Council wants to hear residents' and businesses' views on the draft plan and method for choosing mineral sites in Worcestershire.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council, said: "I am confident that these mineral planning documents will help us to provide the raw materials Worcestershire needs for development, whilst also delivering positive long-term benefits for Worcestershire's environment, economy and communities, such as the creation of wildlife habitats, improved outdoor spaces for people to enjoy, and reducing risks from flooding."

The Minerals Local Plan will be used to guide where and how mineral extraction will take place in the county for the next 15 or so years.

Sand, gravel and brick clay are the most common minerals in Worcestershire, and these are important materials for use in construction.

The County Council puts together a plan for mineral extraction to ensure that the essential raw materials for building homes, schools, and hospitals are available.

The plan will also set out how mineral development can provide green infrastructure benefits for the environment, economy and communities.

All the consultation documents and information are available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/minerals or to view in local libraries.

A drop in event is being held at the Hive in Worcester from 2pm-8pm on 21st January 2019. All are welcome to come and find out more about the plan and to ask any questions.

The full consultation runs from  December 17, 2018 to February 8, 2019 and people can contact the Minerals Planning Policy team to share their views by calling 01905 766374 or emailing minerals@worcestershire.gov.uk  or write to the address below:
FREEPOST RTHC-XXCK-AJGY                            
Minerals and Waste Planning Policy
Worcestershire County Council
County Hall
Worcester
WR5 2NP

For more information visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/minerals