A further consultation on a new minerals planning document is starting. The release of a Site Selection Consultation Document (with accompanying Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report) marks a further period of widespread consultation on a Joint Minerals Development Plan Document (JMDPD) for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council.
The consultation provides a structured opportunity for everyone with an interest in minerals planning within the area to contribute to the development of the JMDPD. Additional sites for mineral extraction were provided at the Preferred Approach stage and it is proposed to undertake a further round of public consultation for a seven week period in order to allow the public and stakeholders to comment on the site selection approach and the range of sites being proposed in the Plan.
The purpose of the JMDPD is to provide a framework for minerals development by:
The safeguarding of mineral resources from sterilisation by other development
Maximising the contribution which minerals development makes to the community, economy and environment in the East Riding and Hull by ensuring an adequate and steady supply of minerals to meet future needs
Minimising the impacts of minerals development on people and the environment
Consultation on the Site Selection Document will be undertaken over a seven week period from Monday 30th January until Monday 19th March 2012. All responses to the consultation will be taken into account in the preparation of a ‘Publication’ version of the JMDPD. A consultation on the ‘soundness’ of this document will take place before it is submitted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate. A final version of the JMDPD is expected to be adopted by both Councils in 2013.
The Minerals Regulation 25 Document, Sustainability Appraisal Report and the Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report can be viewed and commented on electronically on the joint minerals development plan document page.
Alternatively the document is available to view at any of Hull City or East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Customer Service Centres or Libraries. Feedback forms will also be available from these venues.