In this first consultation the three councils are seeking views on what this new plan for minerals and waste to 2030 should contain.
The key questions the councils expect to consider include:
- What are the expected future extraction requirements for mineral resources from within the Joint Plan area?
- How can we help maintain continuity of supply of minerals?
- What areas or locations are likely to be most suitable in principle for new or extended mineral working?
- How can we safeguard important minerals resources and infrastructure?
- What policies should we have to help ensure that protected landscapes, the environment and quality of life are protected and enhanced?
- Is any new provision for managing mining/minerals waste needed?
- How can we support the sustainable use of minerals and encourage the use of alternative sources of supply i.e. secondary/recycled aggregates?
- To what extent should the area be seeking to maintain its important role in the supply of aggregate minerals into adjacent areas?
- How will important issues outside the Joint Plan area, which may have implications for the Joint Plan, be identified and addressed?
As well as consulting on these questions the three councils are also asking for land owners and other interested parties to put forward mineral and waste sites in a Call for Sites.
The consultation documents can be viewed here.
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