Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are in the process of reviewing the joint Minerals and Waste Development Plan. The current Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) was adopted in 2011 and the Site Specific Proposals DPD was adopted in 2012. These two plans are being reviewed and a single joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) covering the two authority areas is being produced.
Proposed Submission Plan
The councils have consulted on a Preliminary Draft Local Plan; and more recently consulted on the Further Draft Local Plan between March and May 2019. Views were sought on a range of draft policies, and on the approach the plan should take in guiding mineral and waste management development over the period to 2036. Following these consultations, the councils took all comments into consideration, and have produced the Proposed Submission Plan.
The Proposed Submission Plan includes a suite of proposed policies to guide the determination of planning applications, and which cover detailed matters such as biodiversity, restoration, traffic and highways, and safeguarding.
The plan also includes allocations for mineral development, largely carried forward from currently adopted mineral sites. No allocations are being proposed for waste management development over the plan period as the plan area has, on the whole, sufficient capacity to manage the forecast waste arising.
Information on the proposed mineral allocations can be found in Policy 2 of the Proposed Submission Plan and on the Policies Map; in the accompanying Site Assessments; and in the supporting paper Level of Provision and a Spatial Strategy for Minerals (November 2019).
All proposed designations and allocations can be found on the Interactive Policies Map.
The Proposed Submission Plan is accompanied by supporting documents including a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Report. This is a mandatory document which incorporates the requirements of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations (2004). It sets out what the councils think the main sustainability issues are, and puts forward a framework, including reasonable alternatives and sustainability objectives, by which the draft plan is assessed.
Proposed Submission Plan Consultation
The consultation on the Proposed Submission Plan has now closed. Following the consultation all representations received will be submitted, with the Proposed Submission Plan and the associated evidence base documents, to the Secretary of State for Examination.
It is important to note that at this stage, any objections received should explain why the plan is not ‘sound’, and should refer to the tests of soundness as described in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
It is anticipated that Submission will take place in March 2020, with the hearing sessions of the Examination (public inquiry) taking place in summer 2020.
Documents for the Proposed Submission Plan Consultation (15 November 2019 to 9 January 2020)
To view the responses received to the Further Draft consultation, please view the Peterborough City Council Consultation Portal.
To view the responses received at the Preliminary Draft consultation stage, please view the Peterborough City Council Consultation Portal.
Local Development Scheme
In August 2017, both councils updated their respective Local Development Schemes (LDS), which set out the timetable for the production of the new Minerals and Waste Local Plan. The LDSs can be found below (the timetable is the same in both documents).
Statement of Community Involvement
The councils have published Statements of Community Involvement (SCIs). These documents set out how and when each council will consult with people and organisations, and how you can get involved in the plan making process. The latest versions are available below, please note that an SCI is periodically updated.
Being kept informed
If you would like to be kept informed of the progress of the new Minerals and Waste Local Plan, please send your contact details to the joint Minerals and Waste Team and we will add you to our consultation database. Please note that we will retain your information until no later than six months after the adoption of the new Plan, at which point your information will be securely deleted. If at any point after providing your contact details, you wish to change your mind then you should inform us using the details below:
Joint Minerals and Waste Planning Team
℅ Peterborough City Council
tel: 01733 747 474