Minerals and waste planning policy

As the minerals and waste planning authority for Kent, we have to plan for waste management capacity and mineral provision.

This includes allocating land for future development and ensuring that this development happens in the right place at the right time. The plans and policies which enable this form part of the Development Plan for Kent, alongside district/borough local plans, neighbourhood plans and national planning policy.

Our Development Scheme (PDF, 3.6 MB) sets out our work programme up until 2020. View the updated 2018 timetable.

Our Statement of Community Involvement (PDF, 2.75MB) explains how we will engage with Kent’s communities throughout the Local Plan preparation process.

Our privacy notice explains how we will use your personal information throughout the Local Plan preparation process.

To contact our team, call 03000 422370 or email mwlp@kent.gov.uk.

Find out how to submit a planning application for minerals or waste development

The Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (KMWLP) was adopted in July 2016 and sets out the vision and strategy for waste management and mineral provision up until the year 2030.

It also contains a number of development management policies for evaluating minerals and waste planning applications.

Read the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (PDF, 71MB).

The maps below accompany policy CSM 5, which is contained within the KMWLP and safeguards economic mineral deposits within Kent:

Mineral safeguarding maps

You can also view the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) PDF, 2.1MB on minerals and waste safeguarding.

To view all documents relating to the submission, examination and adoption of the KMWLP, visit the examination documents library.

Our Mineral Sites Plan will allocate specific sites within Kent for mineral extraction to ensure that Kent has enough permitted mineral reserves over the plan period (until 2030).

In October 2019, the Kent Mineral Sites Plan was subject to independent examination by planning inspector Nicholas Palmer BA (Hons) BPI MRTPI. We now have his report, which concludes that the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan Early Partial Review and Kent Mineral Sites Plan provide an appropriate basis for the planning of minerals and waste development in Kent, provided that a number of modifications are made to them.

You can read the report and proposed plan modifications below:

We consulted with the public on the modifications between November 2019 and January 2020. View the consultation response summary (PDF, 313.3 KB).

For all documents related to the submission and examination of the Kent Mineral Sites Plan, including the full evidence base, visit the examination documents library.

If you have any queries you may either email mwlp@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 42 23 70.

Following the adoption of the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-30 (KMWLP) in July 2016, further assessments suggest that the level of waste management capacity required to maintain net self-sufficiency is different to what was originally thought.

We are therefore undertaking an early partial review of the KMWLP to amend several of the policies relating to waste management. This is to ensure that Kent benefits from an up-to-date strategy for waste management capacity and will also inform whether a Waste Sites Plan is needed.

As part of the early partial review of the plan, we are trying to make the policies relating to minerals and waste safeguarding clearer to improve their effectiveness when used in practice.

In October 2019, the early partial review was subject to independent examination by planning inspector Nicholas Palmer BA (Hons) BPI MRTPI. We now have his report, which concludes that the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan Early Partial Review and the Kent Mineral Sites Plan provide an appropriate basis for the planning of minerals and waste development in Kent, provided that a number of modifications are made to them.

You can read the report and proposed plan modifications below:

We consulted with the public on the modifications between November 2019 and January 2020. View the consultation response summary (PDF, 313.3 KB).

For all documents related to the submission and examination of the Early Partial Review, including the full evidence base, see the examination documents library.

If you have any queries, please contact a member of the team at mwlp@kent.gov.uk or 03000 42 23 70.