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.

Consultation on Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 2 – Site Allocations

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 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.

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.  The consultation is now closed and we are reviewing all the responses received as we move forward with the Plans preparation.

Currently, at this stage in the plan preparation process, no decisions have been made as to whether sites should or should not be included in the plan or on any other policy matters.

Timetable for Plan Preparation

The Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the timetable for the Plan Preparation. Due to slippages in timescales and changes to legal requirements the timetable was revised in January 2019.

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 in Autumn 2019.   

Site Assessment Methodology and Sustainability Appraisal

As part of the initial work on the Sites plan, in January/February 2018 we consulted on a methodology for the selection of sites to be allocated in the plan and a Sustainability Appraisal scoping report (including the requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment). 

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

Site assessment methodology (pdf format, 2Mb)

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. The amended version is available here.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (pdf format, 6Mb)

As part of the Issues and Options consultation we also sought comments on the revised Sustainability Appraisal and Site Assessment Methodology. We are now reviewing these comments as we move forward in the plans preparation.

Mineral and Waste Core Strategy

Part 1: Core Strategy provides a planning strategy and policies for the supply of minerals and the management of waste in Oxfordshire for the period to 2031.

We consulted on the draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Core Strategy in February 2014.

On 19 August 2015 we published the ‘proposed submission’ core strategy for consultation. On 30 December 2015 we submitted this document, together with all the representations that we received, to the government for independent examination by a planning inspector. 

The examination hearing was held in September 2016 and the Inspector produced an interim report in October 2016. In February 2017 we published Proposed Modifications to the Core Strategy for public consultation.

The Inspector’s final report was received on 15 June 2017. He recommended modifications to the Core Strategy and found that with these modifications the plan meets legal requirements and is sound.

The Core Strategy, with the Inspector’s recommended modifications, was adopted by the county council on 12 September 2017.

The adopted Core Strategy, the adoption statement, the sustainability appraisal report and details of where and when the adopted plan can be inspected, and the Inspector's report and further information about the plan and the examination, are available on the core strategy page.

Minerals and Waste Development Scheme

The Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (ninth revision) 2019 came into effect on 5 February 2019. 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.

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The SCI sets out how we will involve the community in the preparation, alteration and review of local development documents that will make up the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan, and in the consideration of planning applications that we determine. The council’s first SCI was adopted on 7 November 2006.

A revised Statement of Community Involvement has now been prepared. We consulted on a draft between 1 September and 13 October 2014 and responses to the consultation were taken into consideration in making further amendments. The revised SCI was adopted by the county council on 24 March 2015.

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.

Oxfordshire Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA)

The council is required under national planning policy to prepare an annual Local Aggregate Assessment. Consultants for the county council prepared an Oxfordshire LAA for 2014. This was approved by the county council’s Cabinet on 25 November 2014, for use as the basis for provision for mineral working in the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan and for calculating the Oxfordshire landbank of aggregate minerals. The agreed Oxfordshire LAA 2014 is available below.

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.

An updated Oxfordshire LAA for 2017 was agreed in December 2017 and is available below.

A further updated Oxfordshire LAA for 2018 was agreed in November 2018 and 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 annual monitoring reports for the last three years 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.