New Minerals and Waste Local Plan

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

Overview

We are preparing the new Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan to provide up-to-date minerals and waste planning policies 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.

The Core Strategy sets out the vision, objectives, spatial planning strategy and policies for meeting development requirements for the supply of minerals and the management of waste in Oxfordshire over the period to 2031, and the Sites Plan sets out those mineral and waste sites needed to deliver the Core Strategy.

View the Core Strategy and associated documents.

Introduction to Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 – Site Allocations

We are now preparing the Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 – Site Allocations (sites plan).

The sites plan will:

  • provide and identify sites for minerals and waste management development in Oxfordshire over the period to the end of 2031, following the spatial strategy and criteria-based policies in the Core Strategy
  • provide the detailed policy framework for minerals and/or waste management development management decisions
  • allocate the sites required to provide the additional capacity for minerals supply and waste management as set out in the Core Strategy.

Timetable for plan preparation

Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (MWDS) - 11th revision - sets out:

  • the documents 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
  • the timetable for preparing them.

Download the current MWDS here (pdf format, 471Kb).

There has been a delay in the production of the Preferred Options consultation which was expected in August 2021 and an updated Minerals and Waste Development Scheme setting out the revised timetable, is currently being prepared and will be published in October.

Contact us to be kept informed of the plan’s production.

Current consultations

MWLP Sites Plan Interim Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the Approach to Site Delivery and Site Assessment Methodology Update.

Ahead of the preferred options consultation in late summer 2021, we have appointed Northamptonshire County Council to assist with some of the further work and evidence gathering required. They will focus on the sustainability appraisal and further site assessment work.  Northamptonshire is carrying out a consultation on some documents to support this evidence base.

We have two documents on the consultation for eight weeks from Wednesday 20 January to Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 5pm.

MWLP Sites Plan Interim Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the Approach to Site Delivery

First, we are consulting on the Oxfordshire MWLP Sites Plan Interim Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the Approach to Site Delivery.  This has been developed to appraise the approach to site delivery and its contributions towards sustainable development. This in turn acts to inform the Revised Draft Sites Plan, site assessments and the Draft SA Report of the Revised Draft Plan.

The MWLP Sites Plan Interim Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the Approach to Site Delivery and its supporting Non-Technical Summary are available to view and comment on below:

We are also consulting on an updated Site Assessment Methodology - January 2021 (pdf format) to be used as we move forward with the site assessment and identification of preferred options to deliver the requirements of the adopted Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 1 Core Strategy.

Consultation is being carried out following the SEA Directive requirements and will specifically involve the SEA Consultation Bodies and other appropriate consultees. However, anyone with an interest can make comments during the consultation.

The eight-week consultation period on document started on 20 January 2021.  The closing date for feedback is Wednesday 17 March 2021.  All responses must be received by Northamptonshire County Council before 5pm.

Because of Coronavirus (COVID-19), reply by email to planning@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Notice

Following the closing date, all the responses will be reviewed as we move forward in the preparation of the plans.

Previous consultations

Preferred options consultation 2020

We consulted on the preferred options of the sites plan  (draft sites plan) between Wednesday 22 January and Wednesday 4 March 2020.

The consultation, (Regulation 18), followed the previous issues and options consultation in 2018, along with work undertaken on-site assessments and evidence gathering.

This draft sites plan identified those sites we believed could best deliver the policies within the Core Strategy.  

The draft sites plan identified four mineral extraction sites and nine waste management sites as our preferred options.  

Please note that with the approval of the revised Minerals and Waste Development Scheme in January 2021 and the additional preferred options scheduled for August/September 2021, all of the sites identified within the consultation, have reverted to being considered as reasonable alternatives.

A number of documents were prepared to support the production of the draft sites plan. The following are available to view:

Additional site nominations consultation 2020

From January to March 2020, we also consulted on a further two sites submitted for possible inclusion within the plan. 

These sites were:

All responses received will be considered as we move forward with the production of the plans.

Issues and options consultation 2018

We also previously carried out 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?

Site assessment methodology 2018

As part of the issues and options consultation in August/October 2018, we sought site assessment methodology which has been used in the preparation of the draft site plan.

The site assessment methodology sets out the methodology we propose to use to assess sites for possible allocation in the Sites Plan.

Site assessment methodology (pdf format, 2Mb)

A revised site assessment methodology is currently being consulted on. 

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report 2018

As part of the Issues and Options consultation in August/October 2018, we also sought comments on the revised Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (pdf format, 6Mb)

 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 in the Site Assessment Methodology and Sustainability Appraisal Report on Initial Consultation (pdf format, 2Mb).

Consultation is currently taking place on the MWLP Sites Plan Interim Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the Approach to Site Delivery.

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The county council wants to make sure that everyone within an interest in minerals, waste and county council developments in Oxfordshire can be actively 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 changes in planning laws and procedures, the council decided that the Statement of Community Involvement should be updated. The revised Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Statement of Community involvement 2020 (pdf format, 261Kb) was approved in May 2020.

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 2019.

Previous LAAs

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 a monitoring report each year, which reports on and monitors the Minerals and Waste Local Plan policies. 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. Contact us for earlier reports (back to 2005).

Site assessment methodology 2018

As part of the issues and options consultation in August/October 2018, we sought site assessment methodology which has been used in the preparation of the draft site plan.

The site assessment methodology sets out the methodology we propose to use to assess sites for possible allocation in the site's plan.

Sustainability appraisal scoping report 2018

As part of the Issues and Options consultation in August/October 2018, we also sought comments on the revised Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report.  

 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:

Keeping you informed

We hold a register of people and organisations with an interest in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan. This is only used to keep people informed about progress in preparing Minerals and Waste Local Plan documents, publication and consultation. Contact us to be included on the register.