The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Minerals and Waste Local Plan was adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council on 28 July 2021.
The Minerals and Waste Local Plan sets the framework for all minerals and waste developments until 2036. It sets out policies to guide mineral and waste management development and will:
- ensure a steady supply of minerals (construction materials eg sand and gravel) to supply the growth that is planned for the area
- enable us to have new modern waste management facilities, to manage our waste in a much better way than landfill
It will be used by developers when putting forward proposals and by councils when considering planning applications.
The Local Plan makes strategic allocations for long-term mineral and waste management development at Block Fen/Langwood Fen near Mepal. Designations such as Mineral Safeguarding Areas are also made within the Local Plan and shown on the Policies Map. This will ensure, for example, that consultation takes place between the County Council as Mineral Planning Authority and district/city councils when development is proposed on mineral bearing land. The aim is to avoid the county's finite mineral resource being unknowingly or unnecessarily sterilised.