The Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan Issues and Options consultation is now live. The consultation period runs for an 8 week period until the 14th January 2018.
The Issues and Options consultation is the first, but an important, stage in preparing the new Plan. The document will set out the key issues that are expected to arise over the plan period to 2036 and what reasonable options we think exist to meet them. A series of questions has been included in the consultation document to aid discussion, however we also want to hear about any other issues you may wish to raise regarding future minerals development in Nottinghamshire.
It is important to note that any comments made on the Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan withdrawn in May 2017 cannot be taken into account as part of the preparation of the new Minerals Local Plan.
The Issues and Options consultation document will not be considering or identifying new quarries. This process will be undertaken at a later stage in the Plan preparation process.
The County Council is encouraging responses to be made via its online consultation system. Details of how to use the online consultation system can be found on our website at Nottinghamshire.gov.uk/minerals. By using this system it will ensure that all comments are submitted and logged using a safe and secure method. Once the consultation has closed it will then enable the submitted comments to be processed and considered in an efficient manner. Comments submitted via email or letter will still be accepted subject to a name and email or address being provided, as we cannot accept anonymous comments.
Once the consultation event has finished we will consider all of the responses and where appropriate these will be used to inform the development of a draft Minerals Local Plan. Further public consultation will then be undertaken on a draft minerals plan before the final Minerals Local Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for an Independent Examination. A timetable for the preparation of the Minerals Local Plan can be found on the County Council website.
Planning Policy Team
Nottinghamshire County Council