Have your say on Mineral Local Plan as consultation restarts

A picture of Clifton Quarry in Severn Stoke Published Thursday, 26th August 2021

Residents are being encouraged to have their say as the county’s Mineral Local Plan reaches the final stages of development.

The consultation has been restarted after rectifying a technical issue with some of the online mapping data.

The consultation will now run from Tuesday 31st August 2021 to 5pm on Tuesday 12th October 2021.

Residents are now being asked to comment on proposed modifications to the plan as part of the ongoing examination.

They can also comment on changes to the accompanying Policies Map and on formal assessments of the proposed modifications, but it is not an opportunity to comment on other issues in the plan as a whole.

Independent Planning Inspectors are examining the plan to check whether it meets legal and national policy requirements.

This consultation may be more limited than at other stages in developing the plan, but consultation comments from earlier stages will also be taken into account by the Inspectors to inform their final report.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “The current minerals plan used in Worcestershire dates back to 1997, so developing this new plan is of great importance to the county. It’s really important that have residents have their say on the key points of this consultation period.”

Once the Inspectors’ report is received, Full Council will discuss the report and formally decide whether to adopt the Minerals Local Plan as part of the official Development Plan for Worcestershire.

This would work alongside the Waste Core Strategy and the City, Borough and District Councils’ Local Plans.

More information about the consultation is available on the minerals planning policy section of the Council's website, including where to access the consultation documents and how to respond to this consultation.

Those representations on the main modifications consultation which were submitted before the original consultation was terminated will be taken into account, unless the consultee indicates in writing that they wish to withdraw or alter their representations.

You can speak to a member of the Minerals Planning Policy team for more information by calling 01905 766374.