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:

Current Consultation - Proposed Submission Waste and Minerals Sites Plan

The Authorities are 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 on a draft Sites Plan took place in July – September 2014 (see below). After taking into account representations received during the consultation (over 100 comments were received), the Plan has been amended and a ‘Proposed Submission’ version will now be published for a final round of consultation between 28 October and 23 December 2015 prior to submission to the Secretary of State for public. The Proposed Submission Plan was considered by Policy and Resources Committee on 15 October 2015 and at Full Council on 22 October 2015.

To view the consultation documents and submit comments, please see the joint consultation portal website

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

The consultation on a draft Sites Plan took place from 4 July to 5 September 2014. To view the Consultation Draft Waste & Minerals Sites Plan, and to make view comments received on its content, please visit our consultation portal website

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 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:

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 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.

Contact us

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

Planning Policy
Brighton & Hove City Council
Kings House
Grand Avenue
Hove BN3 2LS

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

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