Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013 - 2030

We want your views: We're currently seeking your views on the emerging Mineral Sites Plan and amendments to a few of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan policies. Find out more and get involved.

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan sets out a vision and strategy for mineral provision and waste management in Kent up to the year 2030, it also contains a number of development management policies for evaluating minerals and waste planning applications.

Mineral safeguarding maps:

The plan was reported to full council on 14 July 2016, who resolved to formally adopt it. The committee process was as follows:

Committee meetings:

The process is as follows:

Appendices which accompany the committee reports. (PDF, 2.1 MB)

The stages which have led up to the adoption of the plan are set out below.

The County Council has adopted a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (PDF, 2.1 MB) on Minerals and Waste Safeguarding. This document offers further guidance on the safeguarding policies within the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30.

For any information regarding the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan please contact the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team on 03000 42 23 70 or mwdf@kent.gov.uk.

As the minerals and waste planning authority for Kent, we have to produce a Minerals and Waste Local Plan to plan for future mineral resources and waste management facilities in Kent. The new plans will replace the existing mineral and waste local plan policies.

It will consist of:

  • 3 spatial planning documents: the lead Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013 - 30 (formerly known as the 'Core Strategy') plus a separate Mineral Sites Plan and Waste Sites Plan, once adopted.
  • the Statement of Community Involvement: how we will involve the community in the preparation of our minerals and waste plans
  • the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme: our programme for the preparation of the key minerals and waste planning documents
  • the Annual Monitoring Report: monitoring data on the progress of the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme and the performance of policies within the Minerals and Waste Local Plans once adopted.
  • an evidence base of studies and reports to support the policies and proposals of minerals and waste plans, including a Sustainability Appraisal.

The Issues consultation ran for 8 weeks between 24 September and 19 November 2010. It summarised the evidence base regarding minerals and waste issues in Kent and was the first stage in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan making process.

The document presented an opportunity to have your say on minerals and waste issues and help to shape the next stage of the consultation process. Each chapter contained specific questions we required your views on. General comments were also welcomed.

Issues consultation documents

You can still read all the comments we received on our consultation portal.

Summary reports of comments

This Strategy and Policy Directions consultation ran from 31 May to 09 August 2011. It was your second opportunity to shape the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy.

The document is divided into:

  • possible options for future minerals and waste management.
  • draft strategy policies to deliver future minerals and waste management.
  • draft development management (planning applications) policies.

We welcome your views on our proposed minerals and waste management options as well as our preferred options for draft policies.

Consultation documents

Related documents


View our summary report on the consultation comments: Core Strategy - Strategy and Policy Directions commentary (PDF, 769k) To find out how we used your comments on the consultation please read our terms and conditions for consultees (PDF, 15k)

You can read the submissions on the document by browsing to the proposed management options or draft policy boxes in each chapter of the online document, or you can select view all comments.

During this consultation period on the Core Strategy we also invited your views at the first stage of consultation on the Minerals Sites Development Plan Document and the Waste Sites Development Plan Document.

The previous, first stage of consultation on the Core Strategy was the Issues document.

The Pre-submission consultation ran from 31 January 2014 to 16 March 2014. The document is the final draft version of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (the Plan) before we submit it to the Secretary of State.

The Plan, once adopted, will become the development management policy framework against which planning applications for minerals and waste related developments will be determined by us. It includes the criteria for assessing the suitability of new minerals and waste sites and it provides an assessment of the need for additional minerals resources and waste management infrastructure in Kent during the period up to 2030.

The Plan includes policies to safeguard land (by protecting it from development for non-minerals or non-waste uses) for:

  • future mineral reserves
  • mineral import wharves and railheads
  • all current permanent minerals and waste sites
  • 2 strategic sites essential to the delivery of the objectives of the Plan - 1 for mineral development near to Holborough in Tonbridge and Malling and 1 for waste development near to Minster on the Isle of Sheppey.

Consultation documents

The formal representation period on the Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) submission document ran for 6 weeks from 9am on 31 July 2014 to 5pm on 12 September 2014. This was the final public consultation on the plan prior to its submission to the Secretary of State on 3 November 2014.

View the plan, submission document and supporting documents on the consultation portal.

Hard copies of the submission documents are still available from Kent Gateways and Kent County Council main offices. In addition, hard copies of the Kent MWLP are available to view at all Kent libraries.

Printed copies of the Kent MWLP Submission Document and the accompanying nine A1 Mineral Safeguarding Area Maps are available to purchase for £20 or £26 with postage and packing, subject to availability. Please call 03000 41 33 44 or email mwdf@kent.gov.uk for details.

The submission version of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) 2013-30 was submitted to the Secretary of State on 3 November 2014 for independent examination by an appointed Planning Inspector: Jonathan G King BA (Hons) Dip TP MRTPI.

The examination will determine whether all the legal and policy requirements have been observed, and whether the Kent MWLP 2013-30 provides reasonable and effective planning responses to the issues identified. This will involve a review of the submission version of the plan, relevant evidence and the formal representations received. The Independent Examination is also a formal hearing that is held in public, where representors can be invited to speak if they have submitted formal representations to the plan.

The Independent Examination of the Kent MWLP 2013-30, held at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel in Hollingbourne, commenced on Tuesday 14 April 2015 and ran for six days over a two-week period. The Examination hearing was reconvened for a further three days on 26 May 2015.

Read our Regulation 24 Notice of Independent Examination (PDF, 31.1 KB)

For an agenda of the matters discussed see the hearing programme and site visit itinerary (PDF, 254.2 KB).

The Plan, submission documents and all Examination documents are available to view on the planning policy consultation portal on the Independent Examination website.

For details of where to find hard copies of documents, see the Submission Statement (PDF, 196.3 KB).

We have now received the inspector’s report following the Independent Examination. Subject to certain modifications, he concludes that the plan is legally compliant and sound.

Read our Regulation 25 Notice of Publication of Inspector’s Report.