The Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan was published for consultation from 14 January 2019 to 22 March 2019.

The Minerals and Waste Team presented a summary of the response to the publication to the Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and Economy Cabinet Panel on 15 May 2019.

The timetable for producing the Minerals Local Plan is as follows:

Minerals Local Plan Timetable

 Season

 Year

 Key stages

Winter/spring

 2017/18

Draft Plan Consultation

Winter/spring

 2019

Proposed Submission

Winter/spring

 2019/20

Submission to Secretary of State

Spring/summer

 2020

Examination

Winter/spring

 2020/21

Adoption of Minerals Local Plan

See more information about the timetable for this review in the  Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (PDF 817kb) Opening a new window.

Review stage

Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan January 2019

The Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan was published for consultation from Monday 14 January 2019 to Friday 22 March 2019.

Draft Minerals Local Plan 2017-18

A consultation on the Draft Minerals Local Plan ran between 4 December 2017 - 9 February 2018.

Call for Sites 2016

Our Site Selection Methodology Report was developed by LUC and Cuesta Consulting in 2015. It was produced to set out a methodology to identify suitable sites for the extraction of sand and gravel and brick clay in the county. It also included a methodology for the identification of Minerals Safeguarding Areas (MSAs) and Minerals Consultation Areas (MCAs).

The Site Selection Methodology (May 2015) was subject to consultation during the Initial Consultation (August to October 2015).

Following on from the Initial Consultation, the Site Selection Methodology was updated to reflect the views and opinions expressed in response to the consultation. The updated Site Selection Report was used to assess the sites that were put forward during the Call for Sites exercise. 

The county council carried out a Call for Sites exercise which ended on Sunday 10 April 2016. This was a request (sent to landowners, mineral operators, and agents) to submit sites within Hertfordshire (i.e parcels of land) that contain mineral reserves (primarily sand and gravel) that may be suitable for extraction.

A detailed site assessment was undertaken on the sites that were put forward, to identify which sites meet the council’s requirement for providing sand and gravel over the period which the emerging Minerals Local Plan will cover.

The Draft Plan Minerals Local Plan was published for consultation from Monday 04 December 2017 to Friday 09 February 2018 and identifies the four sites that the county council is proposing to identify for potential future sand and gravel extraction. The Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan was published for consultation from Monday 14 January 2019 to Friday 22 March 2019.  The Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan identifies the same four sites as the Draft Minerals Local Plan.

Initial Consultation 2015

The Initial consultation on the review of the Minerals Local Plan took place between 3 August and 16 October 2015. 

Supporting Assessments

Minerals Local Plan Review Equality Impact Assessment

We have a duty to carry out an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) of the Minerals Local Plan Review.

This can help determine how the Minerals Local Plan will affect different groups of people and minimise any negative impacts in respect of age, disability, race, gender reassignment, pregnancy & maternity, religion/belief, sex and sexual orientation.

See the EqIA for the review of the Minerals Local Plan and the addendums for:

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

Hertfordshire County Council as Minerals Planning Authority has produced an updated Strategic Flood Risk Assessment 2018 (PDF 9.7mb) Opening a new window for the review of the Minerals Local Plan. Please see the addendum (PDF 13.5mb) Opening a new window to the Level 1 SFRA which assessed sites considered for inclusion in the Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan.

Sustainability Appraisal

We must ensure our Minerals Local Plan contributes towards sustainable development objectives. To do this we must undertake a Sustainability Appraisal which assesses the potential social, environmental and economic impacts of the Plan.

Health Impact Assessment

We've produced a Health Impact Assessment (PDF 495kb) Opening a new window for the review of the Minerals Local Plan.

Sites and Areas Identified for future mineral extraction

The Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan identifies 3 Proposed Specific Sites and one Proposed Preferred Area as future locations for mineral extraction. Details can be viewed in the attachments below.

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)