New Minerals and Waste Local Plan

A new framework of minerals and waste policies and proposals is being prepared.

We are preparing the new Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan to provide up to date minerals and waste planning polices and proposals for the period to 2031. The new Local Plan is in two parts: Part 1 – Core Strategy; Part 2 – Site Allocations. It will replace the existing Minerals and Waste Local Plan which was adopted in 1996.

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 1 – Core Strategy was adopted on 12 September 2017 and we have now commenced work on Part 2 – Site Allocations.

To view the Core Strategy and associated documents please visit the Core Strategy page.

Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 – Site Allocations

The main purpose of the Sites Plan is to allocate the sites required to provide the additional capacity for minerals supply and waste management as set out in the adopted Core Strategy.

We undertook a consultation on the issues and options for the Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 – Site Allocations from Wednesday 4 August to Wednesday 3 October 2018.  

The Issues and Options consultation invited views on:

  • What the Sites Plan should cover?
  • What issues the Plan should address?
  • What options should be considered? – in particular, which sites should be considered for allocation for minerals and waste development?
  • What information will assist in the assessment of these options?

This Issues and Options consultation was the first key stage in the preparation of the Site Allocation Plan and was the first formal stage of consultation. 

We are now working towards our Preferred Options consultation which we are anticipating taking place in January - February 2020.

If you would like to be kept informed of this consultation, please contact us, using the details at the bottom of this page.

Site Assessment Methodology and Sustainability Appraisal

As part of the Issues and Options consultation in August/October 2018 we sought comments on the revised Sustainability Appraisal and Site Assessment Methodology.

The Site Assessment Methodology sets out the methodology we propose to use to assess sites for possible allocation in the Sites Plan.

The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report comprises Stage A of the sustainability appraisal process, setting the context and objectives, establishing the baseline and deciding on the scope. It identifies other relevant policies, plans and programmes, includes baseline information, and identifies sustainability issues, problems and objectives in order to develop the sustainability appraisal framework.

 We originally consulted on the Methodology and a Sustainability Appraisal scoping report (including the requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment) as part of the initial work on the Sites plan in January/February 2018. This can be found below:

Minerals sites

Information about potential future minerals sites can be found on the minerals sites page.

Waste sites

Information about potential future waste sites can be found on the waste sites page.

Timetable for Plan Preparation

The Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (ninth revision) 2019 came into effect on 5 February 2019 following slippages in timescales and changes in legal requirements. It sets out the documents which we propose to prepare as part of the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan; the planning policy status, subject matter and geographical coverage of each document; and the timetable for preparing them.

Since the publication of the Local Development Scheme in January, there has been a slight delay in the preparation of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan:  Site Allocations from the timetable set out within the Scheme. We are now anticipating consulting on the Preferred Options for the Site Allocations Plan November to January 2020.   

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The County Council wants to make sure that everyone within an interest in Minerals, Waste and County Council developments within Oxfordshire has the opportunity to be actively and meaningfully involved. 

The Oxfordshire Statement of Community Involvement sets out how the County Council will engage with and involve people and organisations in the preparation of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan and in the consideration of planning applications for Minerals, Waste and County Council developments.

Following some recent changes in planning laws and procedures, the Council has decided that the Statement of Community Involvement should be reviewed and updated.

The County Council consulted on a draft revised Statement of Community Involvement in July – October 2019.

Following the consultation, we are now working towards adopting the revised Statement of Community Involvement which we hope to do in late 2019/early 2020.

The current Statement of Community Involvement was adopted by the county council on 24 March 2015.

Oxfordshire Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA)

The council is required to produce a Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA) and to update it annually. This includes forecasts of the demand for aggregates, an analysis of all aggregate supply options and the rate of future provision for land-won primary aggregates in Oxfordshire. The latest LAA was published in 2018.

Previous LAA’s

Preparation of an updated Oxfordshire LAA for 2015 was delayed pending publication by the government of the full results of the Aggregate Minerals Survey 2014 for England and Wales. In the absence of a full LAA, the council prepared a draft interim update LAA 2015 for the South East England Aggregate Working Party meeting on 10 November 2015. This is available below

Information from annual surveys of quarry sales and reserves in Oxfordshire for 2015 to 2017 are available below.

Annual monitoring reports

We prepare an annual monitoring report each year which reports on and monitors the policies in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan. Annual monitoring reports will, in particular, report on:

  • progress on implementation of the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme and preparation of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan
  • the extent to which policies in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan are being achieved.

The most recent annual monitoring reports are available below. For earlier reports, back to 2005, please contact us 

Keeping you informed

We are holding a register of people and organisations with an interest in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan. This will only be used for the purposes of keeping people informed about progress in preparing Minerals and Waste Local Plan documents and when documents are published, and for consultation at appropriate stages. If you would like to be included on the register, please contact us.  If you would like to be removed from the register at any point please contact us and we will remove your details.