Waste and minerals

East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Local Plan

What is the Waste and Minerals Local Plan

The Waste and Minerals Local Plan (WMLP) is the name for a set of planning documents that together will form the statutory plans for waste and minerals developments in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

The main Development Plan Documents in the WMLP that will be prepared jointly by the Authorities are:

Latest news – Waste and Minerals Sites Plan Consultation, 4 July – 5 September 2014

The Authorities have now commenced work on preparing a Waste and Minerals Sites Plan which will allocate land for waste and minerals development. The Waste and Minerals Sites Plan will identify sites and provide detailed policies to meet the future need for waste recycling and recovery infrastructure. The allocation of sites is important as this provides communities and the waste and minerals industry with certainty about where waste and minerals development can take place. A Consultation Draft of the Sites Plan was agreed for public consultation at the City Council’s Economic Development and Culture Committee on 19 June 2014, and includes proposed site allocations for waste management development within Brighton & Hove.

The consultation will take place from 4 July to 5 September. To view the Consultation Draft Waste & Minerals Sites Plan, and to make comments on its content, please visit our consultation portal website http://consult.eastsussex.gov.uk from 4 July.

Drop in sessions are being held to allow people to find out more about the Sites Plan, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 5: Uckfield Civic Centre, Bellfarm Lane, Uckfield, 2pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday, August 6, Lewes District Council offices, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, 2pm to 5pm
  • Thursday, August 7, Eastbourne Borough Council offices, Grove Road, Eastbourne, 10am to 1pm
  • Friday, August 8, Customer Service Centre at Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, 10am to 1pm
  • Monday, August 11, Customer Service Centre at Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, 10am to 1pm
  • Tuesday, August 12, Community Contact Centre at Hastings Town Hall, Queen’s Square, Hastings, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Tuesday, August 12, Bexhill Library, Western Road, Bexhill, 2pm to 5pm
  • Thursday, August 14, Lewes District Council offices, Fort Road, Newhaven, 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Friday, August 15, Wealden District Council offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, 10am to 1pm

Please contact us using the details below if you would like to be notified of the stages relating to the future preparation of the Sites Plan.

Adoption of the Waste and Minerals Plan (19 February 2013)

The Council, working in partnership with East Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, has prepared a Waste and Minerals Plan that will provide planning policies to guide the management of waste and production of minerals in the plan area until 2026.

The Waste and Minerals Plan was found sound by an independent Government Planning Inspector, subject to the inclusion of one main modification relating to the inclusion of a policy that reflects the presumption in favour of sustainable development. Since then East Sussex County Council, the South Downs National Park Authority and Brighton & Hove City Council have all agreed the main modification and resolved to adopt the Plan as planning policy for waste management and minerals production for the Plan Area to 2026. The Plan is now part of the statutory development plan for the area and will be used as such in determining planning applications for waste and minerals related development. The adopted Plan is now available to view through the links below.

The Plan replaces the majority of waste and minerals planning policies contained in the Waste Local Plan (2006) and the Minerals Local Plan (1999). However, further work is now needed on site allocations and (see latest news above).

Further information about the previous stages of consultation during the production of the Waste Minerals Plan and the adoption process is available on the joint consultation portal http://consult.eastsussex.gov.uk website. 

The key documents

Supporting and background documents

For reference, you can view all the Submission documents, including the supporting and background documents and sustainability appraisal on the Waste and Minerals Development Framework consultation portal website.

They can also be viewed at:

Other statutory documents which cover both the WMLP and the Brighton & Hove Local Development Framework are: 

Why is the City Council working jointly with East Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority?

The City Council will continue to work in partnership with East Sussex County Council and South Downs National Park Authority to produce new waste and minerals planning documents in order to make best use of resources.

Producing joint planning documents does not make the three authorties joint waste planning authorities. The city council remains the waste and minerals planning authority for the city. This means that planning policies will continue to be taken through each council for approval, and that planning applications will only be considered by a planning committee at the relevant planning authority.

Please note, because of the partnership working arrangements, sometimes the contact details given for the WMLP may be via East Sussex County Council. Officers in the City Planning team can be contacted at the addresses given at the bottom of this page.

Contact us
If you have a query regarding any aspect of the Waste and Minerals Development Framework, please contact us at:

Planning Strategy & Projects
Brighton & Hove City Council
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Hove BN3 3BQ

Or telephone (01273) 292505.
Email: wasteandmineralsdf@eastsussex.gov.uk