The County Council is now carrying out consultations on the first draft of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan which is being prepared as part of the new development plan system that the Government brought into effect in April 2012. These Local Plans have to be consistent with the national planning policies that are set out in the National Planning Policy Framework which was published in March 2012. It is important to have an emerging plan in place by March 2013 which is the transition period set by the National Framework.
Please see the link on the left hand side navigation bar to access the consultation on the draft documents of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan. The consultation period for the draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan ends on Monday 8 April 2013.
Cumbria's Minerals and Waste Local Plan will be for the period up until 2028 and is for those parts of Cumbria that are outside of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks . The Local Plan has to be prepared by the County Council because it is the local planning authority for minerals and waste management developments. In addition to making decisions on planning applications for those types of developments, the County Council is also required to prepare spatial planning policies that make provision for them and against which planning application proposals can be assessed.
The Minerals and Waste Local Plan incorporates much of the content, updated as necessary, of the Cumbria Minerals and Waste Development Framework (MWDF) documents. These documents were prepared under the previous development plan system and are the MWDF Core Strategy and Generic Development Control Policies, which were formally adopted by the County Council in 2009, and the further work which was being undertaken on the MWDF Site Allocations Policies and Proposals Map.
The Minerals and Waste Local Plan is a single document with three sections: - strategic policies, development control policies and site allocations, together with a policies map. It is accompanied by supporting documents which informed its preparation. These are the Sustainability Appraisal, Site Assessments Report, Habitats Regulations Assessment, Pre-submission consultations statement and the Statement of the Representations Procedure.
Once the Minerals and Waste Local Plan has been examined by the Planning Inspectorate and formally adopted by the County Council, it will replace the Minerals and Waste Development Framework . That is anticipated to be towards the end of 2013.
Paper or CD copies of the Draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan (and its supporting documents) can be provided on request by writing to: Planning and Sustainability, County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ; or to email@example.com; or contacting us on telephone to 01539 713403 or fax 01539 713 439 .
If you would like any further information please contact the Minerals and Waste Policy Team as set out above, or via telephone on 01539 713 425 or 01539 713 409.