Waste and minerals

The 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

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

Get information on the main documents in the WMLP

These have been developed jointly with East Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority

Latest News

Waste and Minerals Local Plan - Draft Revised Policies Consultation May to August 2020

The Authorities are reviewing  some of the policies in the adopted Waste and Minerals Local Plan. A scoping consultation and ‘call for minerals sites’ took place in autumn 2017. The responses to this consultation have been analysed and following further evidence gathering work draft revised policies  have now been published for public consultation following agreement by Tourism, Equalities, Community and Culture Committee on 5 March 2020 and approval by East Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. The three Authorities have carefully considered whether to proceed with the consultation given the current emergency measures put in place by the Government. In light of this, the Authorities have decided to proceed with a consultation over an extended period of 12 weeks, which may further be extended if required. We are, therefore, seeking representations from all stakeholders and members of the public on the contents of the Draft Revised Policies of the Waste and Minerals Local Plan over a period of twelve weeks from 11 May to 3 August 2020. Further details are available on the consultation portal.

Waste and Minerals Sites Plan (WMSP) adopted February 2017

The plan sets out site specific policies for waste and minerals development. It safeguards existing waste management infrastructure and identifies suitable locations for new waste recycling and recovery facilities that are required to meet the targets in the 2013 plan.

The sites plan also safeguards minerals reserves and mineral wharf capacity at ports across the plan area, including Shoreham, to ensure a steady, reliable supply of minerals will continue to support economic growth and new development in the city and elsewhere.

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 in April 2016 and public hearing sessions were held in early August 2016. The Inspector’s report confirms that the plan is sound and it was adopted by the three authorities in February 2017.

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

Waste and Minerals Plan (adopted February 2013)

The WMP sets out strategic and development management planning policies to guide the management of waste and production of minerals in the plan area until 2026.

The plan is part of the statutory development plan for the area and is used to determine planning applications for waste and minerals related development. The adopted plan is now available to view through the links below.

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

The key documents

Other statutory documents which cover both the WMLP and the Brighton & Hove City Plan 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 WMLP, please contact us at:

Planning Policy
Brighton & Hove City Council
Hove Town Hall
Hove BN3 3BQ

Email: wasteandmineralsdf@eastsussex.gov.uk 

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