Council set to consult on minerals plan

Published: 28 Nov 2018

The county council has published its Minerals Local Plan ahead of a public consultation in the new year.

Hertfordshire is set go through its biggest period of growth since the post Second World War New Towns era. Central Government has set District Councils the target to deliver more than 100,000 new homes by 2031 and alongside the new homes, the aim is to create 100,000 new jobs in the county over the next fifteen years.

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Environment

“We have a key role to play in supporting this growth. Not only will we need to provide transport improvements and the school places to support it, but we will also help identify where minerals can be dug to provide the construction materials for all the new homes, roads, schools and other infrastructure to be built.”

As the Minerals Planning Authority for Hertfordshire, we have a duty to produce a Minerals Local plan which identifies sufficient mineral (in the form of sites and/or areas) to meet requirements. This plan follows the same process as a local plan, (developed by district councils for planning housing, roads and infrastructure) and is subject to a number of rounds of public consultation. Following approval at the full County Council meeting yesterday (Tuesday 27 November) the next stage in this process will be a public consultation. We will seek residents’ and stakeholders’ views on whether the document provides an effective strategy for the future of minerals extraction in Hertfordshire.

The sites identified in the Minerals Local Plan are:
· Specific Site 1: Hatfield Aerodrome
· Specific Site 2: Hatfield Quarry - Furze Field
· Specific Site 3: Hatfield Quarry – Land adjoining Coopers Green Lane
· Preferred Area 1: The Briggens Estate (Olives Farm)

The consultation will begin early in the New Year.