Draft West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan consultation

Closed 17 Jun 2016

Opened 14 Apr 2016

Feedback Updated 21 Feb 2017

We Asked

We published the draft Joint Minerals Local Plan in April 2016 so that you could Have your Say, in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). We wrote to approximately 3000 individuals and organisations, informing that The Plan, a Sustainability Appraisal, and a number of technical evidence documents were published. The Plan was also presented at the North Mid Sussex and Chanctonbury County Local Committee meetings, and a public exhibition was hosted in Steyning.

You Said

In total, 744 responses were received during the consultation; 671 of these were submitted by individuals, and 73 from organisations.

All responses are available to view at the following link. Please note, this document is 919 pages long, and may take a while to load.

A summary of responses, as well as the Authorities’ response, are provided within our Outcomes Report.

We Did

Comments received as a result of the consultation have helped to inform the preparation of the Proposed Submission Draft Joint Minerals Local Plan. Following consultation, a number of changes have been made to the plan with two of these being substantive – the change to the boundary at the Ham Farm site allocation, and the safeguarding of two temporary wharves on the Western Harbour Arm of Shoreham Port.

The Proposed Submission Draft Joint Minerals Local Plan was published in January 2017, for a period of representations, in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). This period will end on 13 March 2017. For more information, or to make formal representations on the Plan, please see www.westsussex.gov.uk/mlp.

Once the representations period ends, the Plan, all relevant evidence, as well as the representations received, will be submitted to Government. The representations will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector at a future Independent Examination on the soundness and legal compliance of the Plan.


This is the website for the “Have Your Say on the draft West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan” Consultation (14 April – 17 June 2016)

West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority produced a draft Joint Minerals Local Plan. We consulted on it for a nine-week period between Thursday 14 April and Friday 17 June 2016.

The draft Plan below sets out four key areas:

  • a vision and strategic objectives for future mineral development in West Sussex
  • 10 policies to achieve the strategic objectives for different mineral activities (Policies M1-M10)
  • 15 policies to ensure no unacceptable harm to the environment and communities of West Sussex (Policies M12-M26)
  • two mineral site allocations that will make an important contribution to meeting the need for minerals (Policy M11).


To support the consultation we produced the “Have Your Say on the draft Joint Minerals Local Plan” Consultation Document available to download under 'Related Documents' below. This document explains why we need to produce a plan for West Sussex, what the draft Plan means, and how responses were being invited to the consultation. The draft Plan itself is also available to download below.

Hard copies of the documents were also made available at libraries and County, District, Borough and South Down National Park Authority main offices, where response forms were also available to take away.

The draft Joint Minerals Local Plan was also discussed at the following County Local Committee meetings which were open to the public:

Chantonbury CLC - 6 June 2016, 7pm (rearranged meeting date)

North Mid Sussex CLC - 15 June 2016, 7pm

We also hosted a public exhibition event on Monday 23 May 2016 from 3pm - 8pm at The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3XZ. The proposals at Ham Farm, near Steyning, were on display and County Council officers were available to discuss the draft Plan and evidence base which underpins the draft Plan.


What Happens Next

The draft West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan consultation has now closed. We are now considering the comments received and deciding whether any changes are needed to the Plan.

Consultation comments will help guide and inform the preparation of the version of the Plan that we submit to Government for consideration of its soundness and legality (this will be known as the ‘Proposed Submission Draft Plan’). We will publish the results of the consultation and updated evidence alongside the Proposed Submission Draft Plan (expected in winter 2016/17).

Before submitting to Government, we will invite representations on the Proposed Submission Draft Plan. This will provide an opportunity for anyone to comment on the soundness and legality of the Plan.

Once the Proposed Submission Draft Plan is submitted to Government, a Planning Inspector will hold an independent examination which will be held in public. During the examination, the Planning Inspector will consider all the comments received and check that the Plan is sound and has been prepared in accordance with the relevant legislation.

**January 2017 update - the Proposed Submission Draft Plan has now been published - please see www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf for further information.



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