Waste and minerals
The City Council works jointly with East Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority in the production of waste and minerals planning policy documents.
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:
- Waste and Minerals Plan
- Waste and Minerals Sites Plan
- Supplementary Planning Document on Construction and Demolition Waste (adopted December 2006)
Proposed Submission Waste and Minerals Sites Plan
The Authorities have prepared a Waste and Minerals Sites Plan which will allocate land for waste and minerals development. The Waste and Minerals Sites Plan identifies sites and provides 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.
The Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for public examination on Friday 15th April 2016. A consultation on a Proposed Submission Sites Plan took place in October – December 2015. Following the consultation and the analysis of representation received, a number of draft modifications to the Proposed Submission Plan have been drafted. These have been agreed by the three Authorities and have been submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration during the examination process of the Plan. The key modification affecting Brighton & Hove is the proposed withdrawal of the Sackville Coal Yard site from the Plan. To view the submission documents and details of previous stages of consultation please see the joint portal website.
Adoption of the Waste and Minerals Plan (19 February 2013)
The authorities have 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 and the three authorities have adopted 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:
- Customer service centres
- East Sussex District and Borough Council offices
- the main office of the South Downs National Park Authority, Midhurst
- larger libraries.
Other statutory documents which cover both the WMLP and the Brighton & Hove Local Development Framework are:
- Local Development Scheme – a timetable for the preparation of the LDF and the WMLP
- Statement of Community Involvement – sets out city council commitments about community engagement in the preparation of planning policy
- Annual Monitoring Report – sets out performance against various planning targets and indicators
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 authorities 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.
If you have a query regarding any aspect of the Waste and Minerals Development Framework, please contact us at:
Brighton & Hove City Council
Hove BN3 2LS
Or telephone (01273) 292505.