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Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council have begun to review 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 merged together to form a single joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) covering the two Council areas.
The Councils are now consulting on the Preliminary Draft Plan, the first of three rounds of consultation. This stage of the Plan puts forward various issues and options regarding mineral and waste management development up to 2036, and seeks the views of members of the community, organisations, statutory bodies and any other interested parties. The consultation runs for six weeks, from 16 May 2018 to 26 June 2018.
The Councils have also put together some summary slides which provide an overview of the Plan, how much mineral we use, how much waste we produce, plus more information on how to get involved.
At this stage it is not clear if more sites for mineral and waste management development are needed, so the Preliminary Draft Plan does not allocate any land for development, nor does it identify any sites or broad locations. However, in case more sites will be needed the Plan does give landowners, their agents and operators the opportunity to submit their land for future mineral and / or waste management development (a comprehensive list of submission criteria is outlined in the Plan and the Site Submission forms below). It also asks if existing allocations should be carried forward. Any sites submitted will be assessed against any defined need and, if required, preferred sites will be put forward at the next stage of the Plan, expected to be published for consultation in Spring 2019.
The Plan is also accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Scoping 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 for assessing reasonable alternatives to policies in the developing Plan.
The document also identifies 12 key sustainability objectives, which mirror those in the Preliminary Draft Local Plan. An earlier draft of this Scoping Report was consulted upon in January 2018. Comments received have been fully assessed by the Councils and, where appropriate, changes have been made to the final document. A full SA will be published alongside the Further Draft Local Plan in Spring 2019.
The consultation into the Preliminary Draft Local Plan ran for six weeks, from 16 May 2018 to 26 June 2018. All representations which were duly made are now available to view through the online consultation portal. All comments received will be considered by the Councils and, where appropriate, incorporated into the Further Draft Local Plan, which is due to be published for consultation in spring 2019.
Any comments you make as part of the consultations into the Minerals & Waste Local Plan will be made public as it is a statutory requirement to publish comments. We will publish these online. If you have any concerns then please contact us. The Councils will however remove 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.
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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).
- Cambridgeshire Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (August 2017)
- Peterborough Local Development Scheme (August 2017)
The councils have published Statements of Community Involvement (SCIs). These documents set out how and when each council will consult with people and organisations, and how you can get involved in the plan making process. The latest versions are available below, but please note that an SCI is periodically updated, and refreshed versions are likely to be published later this year.
- Cambridgeshire Statement of Community Involvement (March 2014)
- Peterborough Statement of Community Involvement (December 2015)
If you would like to be kept informed of the progress of the new Minerals and Waste Local Plan, please send your contact details to the joint Minerals and Waste Team and we will add you to our consultation database. Please note that we will retain your information until no later than six months after the adoption of the new Plan, at which point your information will be securely deleted. If at any point after providing your contact details, you wish to change your mind then you should inform us of this using the details below:
Joint Minerals and Waste Planning Team
℅ Peterborough City Council
t: 01733 747474