Evidence base

A credible evidence base of technical reports and studies is required to provide the basis for the proposed plans and policies of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

You can view all evidence documents relating to the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 submission, examination and proposed modifications in our Examination library.

Minerals and Waste topic papers

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Kent Minerals and Waste Plan 2013 to 2030

Draft Mineral and Waste Sites Plans

Mineral topic papers

Waste topic papers

Strategy and Policy Directions consultation

A list of all evidence base documents for the Strategy and Policy Directions consultation (31 May to 09 August 2011). The 'updated' papers were originally published at the Core Strategy Issues consultation stage.

Minerals and Waste



Sustainability Appraisal

Issues consultation

All evidence base documents for the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Issues consultation.

We have now published our response to your views on the first 'Issues' stage of the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy. Read our reports:

Minerals and waste topic reports

  1. Kent spatial overview (PDF, 22.3 MB)

Consultant reports

  1. Waste needs assessment - Jacobs (PDF, 661 KB)
  2. A study of silica sand quality and end uses in Surrey and Kent - GWP Consultants (PDF, 4.4 MB)

Waste topic reports

  1. Municipal Solid Waste (PDF, 714 KB)
  2. Commercial and Industrial Waste (PDF, 358 KB)
  3. Municipal Solid Waste and Commercial and Industrial Waste Combine (PDF, 539 KB)
  4. Nuclear waste (PDF, 3.9 MB)
  5. Wastewater (PDF, 667 KB)

Waste topic reports four and five will be published during our next consultation in 2011.

Minerals topic reports

  1. Construction aggregate apportionment and need (PDF, 862 KB)
  2. Secondary and recycled aggregates (PDF, 15.3 MB)
  3. Other minerals (PDF, 22.3 MB)
  4. Mineral safeguarding (PDF, 1.37 MB)

Sustainability Appraisal

Issues Sustainability Appraisal commentary (PDF, 341 KB)
Habitat Regulations Assessment screening (PDF, 378 KB)

Below is a list of all the evidence base reports supporting the separate Mineral and Waste Sites Plan - Preferred Options consultations, which were held between 28 May and 23 July 2012.

You can view any comments made on the evidence base reports through our online consultation portal.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Minerals documents

The map for Site 76: Chapel Farm was accidently omitted from the orginal Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for mineral sites. The above document has now been amended. Download the map for Site 76 (PDF, 906 KB).

Waste documents

The preparation of Development Plan Documents is subject to appraisal and testing through Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal.

Strategic Environmental Assessment is a systematic process of identifying and addressing the environmental consequences of plans and programmes. It is required by European Union Directive 2001/42/EC. More information on Strategic Environmental Assessment is available from the European Union's website.

In the United Kingdom, planning authorities are required to undertake Sustainability Appraisal for planning documents, which incorporates the requirements of Strategic Environmental Assessment. Sustainability Appraisal involves systematically identifying and evaluating the economic, social and environmental impacts of a plan.

Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Directive

Appropriate Assessment will consider the impacts of our proposed Development Plan Documents against the conservation objectives of a European site (Natura 2000).

The aim is to determine whether our plans would cause adverse affects to that site.

There are a number of European sites in Kent and we will apply Appropriate Assessment to the Development Plan Documents as neccessary.

Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal

A Sustainability Appraisal is required to ensure the Minerals and Waste Local Plan documents are environmentally sound and promote sustainable development.

Sustainability Appraisal presentation

On 30 January 2012, key stakeholders attended a presentation by consultants Scott Wilson on the Sustainability Appraisal process at the 'Preferred Options' stage for the Minerals and Waste Site Documents. View the presentation (PDF, 1.21 MB).

The following documents have been produced to date:

Draft Minerals and Waste Plan Local Plan

The Sustainability Appraisal - September 2013 (PDF, 2.78 MB) and Habitat Regulations Assessment - September 2013 (PDF, 4.22 MB) is on the Pre-submission version of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30. The public consultation will be held from 31 January to 16 March 2014.

A Sustainability commentary (PDF, 434 KB) and Habitat regulation assessment (PDF, 525 KB) were published to support to the Core Strategy - Strategy and Policy Directions consultation held between 31 May to 09 August 2011.

A Sustainability Appraisal informal commentary was published along side the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Issues consultation (24 September to 19 November 2010). It looked at the sustainability implications of some of the key issues to help inform the next stage of the Local Plan. Read the Issues Sustainability Appraisal commentary (PDF, 341 KB) and the Habitat Regulations Assessment screening (PDF, 378 KB).

Minerals and Waste Sites Plans

The Minerals and Waste Prefered Options consultations held between 28 May and 23 July 2012 were supported by a Habitat Regulations Assessment - preferred sites screening (PDF, 732 KB) (plus figure 2: preferred options map (PDF, 1 MB) and a Minerals and Waste Sites Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report (PDF, 113 MB).

An initial Sustainability Appraisal (PDF, 932 KB) was produced for the Kent Minerals and Waste Sites Options consultations which took place between 31 May to 09 August 2011. This was followed by an appraisal at the same stage for the Minerals and Waste Supplementary Site Options consultation: Supplementary Sites Sustainability Appraisal (PDF, 382 KB)

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping

An initial Scoping Report was required to identify the baseline information on a wide range of topics and to develop the framework for undertaking the appraisal of the policies and proposals as they emerge. Consultation was held on the proposed Scoping topic reports from 02 September to 14 October 2009. All consultation comments are still available to view on our consultation portal. Following consultation the final reports were published. View the Scoping Reports.

Scoping reports

Introduction (PDF, 433 KB)

Topic papers

  1. Air quality (PDF, 255 KB)
  2. Biodiversity (PDF, 1.76 MB)
  3. Climate change and flood risk (PDF, 533 KB)
  4. Community and well being (PDF, 1.18 MB)
  5. Economy and employment (PDF, 901 KB)
  6. Heritage (PDF, 320 KB)
  7. Housing (PDF, 285 KB)
  8. Land and geology (PDF, 761 KB)
  9. Landscape (PDF, 1.73 MB)
  10. Minerals (PDF, 265 KB)
  11. Rural areas (PDF, 527 KB)
  12. Transport (PDF, 1.11 MB)
  13. Waste (PDF, 313 KB)
  14. Water (PDF, 402 KB)

The process of site selection will form an important part of the Minerals and Waste Development Framework's Development Plan Document preparation. Between 24 May and 30 October 2010 we requested the minerals and waste industry submit new sites for consideration and their aspirations for existing sites.

For information, the Call for Sites forms and supporting information are available to view below.

The need for minerals and waste sites will be determined by our evidence base. The evidence base will:

  • consider of the current levels of provision for minerals and waste facilities
  • establish the future levels of provision required to meet national policy targets and objectives, and
  • establish the level of need and therefore the estimated number of sites required to deliver sustainable development for minerals and waste in the county until 2030.

Call for Sites submissions

The Call for Sites was formally open between 24 May and 29 October 2010 and received nearly 100 site submissions. A small number of late submissions were also received in 2011. All sites received were published in the following consultation documents:

The minerals and waste site 'Preferred Options' will be published for consultation in May 2012.

Mineral safeguarding is the planning term used to describe the process of ensuring  that natural mineral resources are not unnecessarily sterilised by other types of development, thereby leaving insufficient mineral supplies for future generations.

A revised draft topic paper, published for consultation in February 2013. It set out:

  • our approach to mineral safeguarding in Kent
  • the extent of the proposed safeguarding areas for individual mineral types on the maps prepared for Kent County Council by the British Geological Society.


The consultation ran between 11 February and 04 March 2013. 85 comments were received from 54 consultees. You can read a summary of the responses in our Commentary Report (PDF, 1.85 MB).

This views received helped shape the draft mineral safeguarding policies and mineral safeguarding maps in Draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan pre-submission consultation document.