Oxfordshire County Council is consultating on the Proposed Main Modifications to the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 1 – Core Strategy.
Part 1: Core strategy will set out the vision, objectives, spatial planning strategy and policies for meeting development requirements for the supply of minerals and the management of waste in Oxfordshire over the period to 2031.
It will provide a policy framework for identifying sites for new minerals and waste developments in Part 2 of the plan - the site allocations document and for making decisions on planning applications.
At this stage, representations should only relate to the Proposed Main Modifications and/or the SEA/SA report update, and not to other aspects of the Core Strategy.
See the consultation documents here.
The consultation runs until 20 March 2017.
CPRE Oxfordshire shares the concerns of many local communities that the proposed figures for sharp sand and gravel extraction are vastly exaggerated. Rather than using the 10 year average, as suggested in the National Planning Policy Framework, this Local Plan is based on production figures from much earlier years of high output. This means a 42% increase in future production targets, from 0.715 million tonnes per annum to 1.015 mtpa, with a knock on impact on local people and the landscape.
Although the Inspector appears to have accepted this figure, we will continue to raise these concerns in response to this latest consultation.
How to respond?
Or send a response by post to:
Minerals and Waste Core Stratagy Consultation
Planning Regulation - Minerals and Waste Policy Team
Oxfordshire County Council
Find out more:
If you would like further information contact the Minerals and Waste Policy Team on: Tel 07827 947324 or 07392 318899.
CPRE Oxfordshire, 27 February