A proposed plan for future mineral development in West Sussex has been published for consultation.
The draft Joint Minerals Local Plan has been put together by West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, and sets out a vision for how minerals will be produced, supplied and transported in the county until 2033.
The draft plan has allocated two sites to help meet the need for minerals in West Sussex: Ham Farm near Steyning for soft sand, and an extension to West Hoathly Brickworks for brick clay.
According to the county council it will aim to protect the character and environment of the county, as well as ensuring there are enough minerals to support economic growth.
John O’Brien, WSCC’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This draft plan set out our vision to provide the right way forward for mineral production in West Sussex.
“We feel it safeguards resources, protects our environment and meets the need for minerals to support economic growth in future years.
“It will give residents, and the industry, greater certainty about where mineral development can take place in the county.”
He added: “We want to find out what communities, businesses and other stakeholders think and whether they agree our draft plan is realistic.
“So please take the opportunity to comment and respond.”
Trevor Beattie, chief executive at the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “We’ve worked in close partnership with West Sussex County Council to develop a draft plan that recognises the importance of the National Park’s protected landscapes whilst meeting the local and national need for minerals.
“We hope that both communities and the industry will take the opportunity to look at and comment on our draft plan.”
To respond to the consultaiton, which closes on Friday June 17, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01243 642118.
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