Minerals Local Plan: Examination in public

Worcestershire County Council received the Inspectors’ Report on the Examination of the Worcestershire Minerals Local Plan on 6th May 2022. This concludes the independent examination of the MLP. See “Minerals Local Plan: Where we are now” for further information and next steps.

The Publication Version of the Minerals Local Plan (PDF) was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 17 December 2019 for Examination in Public under Section 20(1) and 20(3) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

The Secretary of State appointed the independent Planning Inspectors Elizabeth Ord LLB (Hons) LLM MA DipTUS and Beverley Wilders BA (Hons) PgDurp MRTPI to examine the Plan, meaning that they would check whether the plan complies with the law and meets the “soundness” tests set out in national policy.

Helen Wilson was the Programme Officer appointed to administer the examination. All of the documents relevant to the examination were made available via the Programme Officer’s website, and all communications/enquiries regarding the examination were to be addressed to the programme officer using the contact details below:

  • Email: progofficer@aol.com
  • Telephone: 0151 3523863
  • Address for postal correspondence: Helen Wilson Associates, 25 Ashtree Farm Court, Willaston, Neston, Cheshire CH64 2XL.

Find out more about how the Council handles your personal data in our Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document Privacy Notice and in our full Privacy Notice.

Public hearing sessions

As part of the examination, public hearing sessions were held from 11 to 13 November 2020 and on 18 December 2020 to discuss key matters and issues.

Following the hearing sessions, the Council prepared modifications to address the issues raised.

Consultation on Main Modifications

Consultation on proposed main modifications, consequential changes proposed to the policies map (part of the Interactive Minerals Mapping Tool), and the accompanying assessments (updated Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment, Equality Impact Assessment, and Health Impact Assessment) took place for a period of six weeks from August to October 2021.

The documents that were consulted on can be viewed on the Examination Programme Officer’s website, by clicking on ‘Examination News’ and clicking on the ‘MM documents’ link under the ‘27 August 2021’ heading.

The responses received were passed to the Inspectors on 5 November 2021 for their consideration.