Minerals & Waste Local Plan Examination


Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are in the process of reviewing their joint Minerals and Waste Development Plan. The current Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) was adopted in 2011 and the Site Specific Proposals DPD was adopted in 2012. These two plans are being reviewed and a single joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) covering the two Authority areas is being produced.

Submission Plan

The councils have consulted on a Preliminary Draft Local Plan (May 2018), and more recently a Proposed Submission Local Plan (November 2019). Views were sought on a range of draft policies, and on the approach the Plan should take in guiding mineral and waste management development over the period to 2036. Following these consultations, the councils took all comments into consideration, and have now submitted the Plan for independent examination by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

The Plan to be submitted (which, as required by law, is the same document as the Proposed Submission Plan) includes a suite of proposed policies to guide the determination of planning applications, and which cover detailed matters such as biodiversity, restoration, traffic and highways, and safeguarding.

The Plan also includes allocations for mineral development, largely carried forward from currently adopted mineral sites. No allocations are being proposed for waste management development over the plan period as the plan area has, on the whole, sufficient capacity to manage the forecast waste arising.

Information on the proposed mineral allocations can be found in Policy 2 of the Plan and on the Policies Map; in the accompanying Site Assessments; and in the supporting paper Level of Provision and a Spatial Strategy for Minerals (November 2019).

All proposed designations and allocations can be found on the Interactive Policies Map.

The Plan is accompanied by supporting documents including a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Report. This is a mandatory document which incorporates the requirements of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations (2004). It sets out what the Councils think the main sustainability issues are, and puts forward a framework, including reasonable alternatives and sustainability objectives, by which the draft Plan is assessed.

The submitted Plan and the supporting documents which the councils also submitted to the Secretary of State are largely those which were published for the Proposed Submission consultation, are available to view below.

A separate Examination web page has been published containing all of the information relating to the Examination.

Core Documents

Statutory documents required, and central to, the plan-making process.

Primary Evidence

Technical evidence, research, studies and strategies which directly inform Local Plan policies.

Policy Evidence Reports

A suite of reports specific to each individual policy and, which tell the story of how each policy has been prepared.

Secondary Evidence

Other relevant documents which have shaped the Local Plan or informed the policy context. Please note that we have not submitted these documents.

Important information about data protection

Any comments you have made as part of the consultations into the Minerals & Waste Local Plan have been made public as it is a statutory requirement to publish comments. These have been published online. If you have any concerns then please contact us. The Councils have however removed personal email addresses, postal addresses, telephone numbers and signatures.

Your information will be retained by the Councils as part of our statutory plan making duty, until no later than six months after the Plan is adopted, at which point your information will be securely deleted / destroyed. We will consult you at subsequent stages of the Plan’s preparation to seek further comments from you and to keep you informed. If you do not wish to be contacted at subsequent stages of the Plan, please let us know using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Local Development Scheme

In August 2017 both councils updated their respective Local Development Schemes (LDS), which set out the timetable for the production of the new Minerals and Waste Local Plan. The LDSs can be found following the links below (the timetable is the same in both documents).