Emerging Mineral Site Allocations Development Plan Document
Worcestershire County Council is preparing a Mineral Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD). Once completed the DPD will allocate specific sites and preferred areas for mineral development to support the delivery of the Worcestershire Minerals Local Plan and provide greater certainty about where mineral development will take place. It will be used alongside the Minerals Local Plan to determine planning applications.
A ‘Call for Sites’ ran from 16 January 2020 until 13 March 2020. This call for sites was an opportunity to promote potential sites for mineral extraction, processing or supporting infrastructure for consideration in the preparation of the Minerals Site Allocations DPD. The Council has published a summary of the responses to this consultation (opens in a new window).
Sites promoted for consideration in the DPD are shown for information in the DPD webmap (opens in a new window).
Following consultation on a proposed methodology for site allocations in 2018/19, the site options are now being assessed. A range of technical evidence is being gathered to inform a “Preferred Options” draft of the DPD. This draft will show how each site performs against site selection criteria and will set out draft policy wording.
The “Preferred Options” draft will be accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) that will consider the potential economic, social, and environmental effects of the DPD. It will inform the DPD by helping to maximise its benefits and avoid or minimise potential adverse effects. An SA Scoping Report, the first stage of the SA process, sets the framework against which the DPD will be appraised.
Consultation on the SA Scoping Report took place from 28 June 2021 to 9 August 2021.