Mineral Sites Plan 2012 (discontinued)

Work on the Waste Sites Plan was previously undertaken in 2010-2012, it is now considered appropriate to start work on the Waste Sites Plan again for the following reasons:

  • Since 2012 there may have been changes to landowner and promoter views about the sites.
  • Changes in protected land designations such as new or revised Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which may affect a sites' deliverability.
  • A number of sites put forward in the previous preferred options document have since obtained planning permission and/or been developed.
  • The adopted Kent Mineral and Waste Local Plan specifies the overall type of minerals and waste management development identified in the Sites Plans. This includes the requirement that landbanks for landwon soft sand, sharp sand and gravel be calculated separately.

Read further information on the new site plans.

The original stages of the plan can be viewed below.

The Options consultation ran from 31 May to 09 August 2011. It was the first stage of a 3 stage consultation process in the production of the Minerals Sites Plan. In 2010 we asked landowners to propose sites that could be developed and used for mineral resources or waste management facilities in the future (see the Call for Sites).

The consultation document contained all the mineral site proposals submitted to us. We sought initial views and opinions on the sites to help us decide which sites should go into the final document and which should not.

Consultation documents

Supporting documents: Sustainability Appraisal of the Kent Minerals and Waste Sites Options consultations (PDF, 932 KB).

Comments

We have produced a summary report on the consultation comments. The report was revised in September 2012 with some minor changes to address the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit's concerns that their comments had not been properly reflected. Read the Mineral Sites Plan - Options consultation commentary report (PDF, 597 KB).

You can still read the all the full submissions made on the document by either browsing through the online document, selecting a site from the list of sites, or by going to view all consultation comments. To find out how we use consultation comments read our terms and conditions for consultees (PDF, 15 KB).

During this consultation period we also invited views on the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy - Strategy and Policy Directions consultation and the Waste Site Options consultation.

Additional site options were later submitted by industry in summer 2011. These sites were published for consultation in the Minerals and Waste Supplementary Options document.

The next stage in the development of the Mineral Sites Plan was the Preferred Options consultation.

The Supplementary Options consultation ran for 8 weeks between 24 October and 19 December 2011. The document presented:

  • 9 new mineral working and waste facility sites (late submissions into our site assessment process)
  • 5 sites with significant amendments from the previous Minerals and Waste Site Options consultations (held from May to August 2011)
  • 2 sites that have been withdrawn from the site assessment process by the operator.

This consultation was part of the first stage of a 3 stage consultation process in the development of the sites plans. The sites were promoted by industry for inclusion for consideration by us.

Once adopted, the final sites plans will contain allocated sites throughout Kent which will provide mineral resources and waste management facilities for the duration of the plan period (2012 - 2030).

Consultation documents

Comments

We have produced a summary report on the consultation comments. The report was revised in September 2012 with some minor changes to address the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit's concerns that their comments had not been properly reflected. Read the Supplementary Options Consultation Commentary Report (PDF, 514 KB).

All comments received were published on our online consultation portal. You can read the comments on the document by selecting view all comments, or browsing the online document.

The consultation formed part of the options stage. The next stage was published in May 2012 as the Minerals Site Plan - Preferred Options consultation.

The Preferred options consultation ran from 28 May to 23 July 2012. It was the second stage of a 3 stage process in the preparation of our Mineral Sites Plan.

In May 2011, all minerals and waste site proposals received from landowners and industry were published in 2 separate Mineral and Waste Site Options consultation documents, and later in a further Supplementary Options consultation document. This consultation set out which of the initial site proposals are preferred options for mineral development, and which sites will not be included in the final Mineral Sites Plan.

These preferred options are considered to be the best and most sustainable sites to meet mineral supply requirements in Kent up to the end of 2030. There are 25 preferred option sites for mineral development. The remaining sites are identified in the document as 'non allocated' sites.

Consultation documents

View the list of all mineral sites:

Further information on site assessment is included in the preferred options evidence base reports.

Comments

We invited your views on the suitability of the preferred option sites for mineral development, the non-allocated sites, the overall document and the evidence base. All comments received have been uploaded to the online document on our consultation portal. You can view the comments:

To find out how we use consultation comments read our terms and conditions for consultees (PDF, 15 KB).

We have produced a summary report on the consultation comments. View the Mineral Sites Preferred Options Commentary Report (PDF, 3.14 MB).

We also invited your views on the Waste Sites Plan Preferred Options consultation.