We're reviewing the adopted Minerals Local Plan 2002–2016 (adopted March 2007).
The results of the site selection work and the potential site options for inclusion in the Draft Minerals Local Plan were presented to Environment, Planning and Transport Cabinet Panel on 7 September. These sites feature within the Draft Minerals Local Plan.
The county council has 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 addendum for the Call for Sites and the addendum for the Draft Minerals Local Plan
Hertfordshire County Council as Minerals Planning Authority has produced a Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for the review of the Minerals Local Plan. Please see the addendum to the Level 1 SFRA which assessed sites considered for inclusion in the Draft Minerals Local Plan.
It is a legal requirement for the Minerals Local Plan to be subject to Sustainability Appraisal. This ensures that decisions are made that accord with the planning system's presumption in favour of sustainable development.
Hertfordshire County Council has produced a Health Impact Assessment for the review of the Minerals Local Plan.
The initial consultation on the review of the Minerals Local Plan took place between 3 August and 16 October 2015.
The County Council’s 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 grave land 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 has been updated to reflect the views and opinions expressed in response to the consultation. The updated Site Selection Report will be used to assess the sites that were put forward during the Call for Sites process.
The council carried out a Call for Sites exercise which ended on Sunday 10 April 2016. This was a request for sites within Hertfordshire that contain mineral reserves (primarily sand and gravel) that may be suitable for extraction.
A detailed site assessment is now being undertaken on the sites that were put forward, to identify which sites meet the council’s requirement for providing sand and gravel over the next 15 years and will be considered for inclusion in the revised version of the Minerals Local Plan. The sites will each be assessed against the council’s Site Selection Methodology (December 2015) as outlined in the section above.
It is intended that the Draft Plan will be published for further public consultation in summer 2017 and will include the sites that have met the county council’s requirements.
If you have any questions regarding the Call for Sites or the next stage of the process, contact us.
A consultation on the draft Minerals Local Plan ran between 4 December 2017 - 9 February 2018.