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Final stage reached for Hampshire's Minerals and Waste Plan

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Hampshire's Minerals and Waste Plan has now reached the final stage before adoption, with the independent Planning Inspector confirming the Plan has been found to be 'sound' (meaning it has been positively prepared, justified, effective and is consistent with national policy).

The final Inspector's Report states that the draft Plan is 'sound', subject to the implementation of the modifications considered during the public hearing:

"I conclude that with the recommended main modifications set out in the Appendix the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan would satisfy the requirements of Section 20(5) of the 2004 Act and meet the criteria for soundness in the National Planning Policy Framework," he said.

The Inspector, Mr Andrew S. Freeman, who was appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has put together his final Report following scrutiny of the draft Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan at the public examination hearings held in June 2012 and March 2013. The modifications recommended by the Inspector for inclusion in the Plan have been made after full consideration of the representations on these issues.

Councillor Seán Woodward Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: "The Planning Inspector has confirmed that he considers the plan to be a sound document and suitable for all the Hampshire authorities to adopt as planning policy. Once adopted it will replace existing policy - the 'Hampshire Minerals and Waste Core Strategy' - and all future planning applications for minerals and waste development will be assessed and determined on the basis of the policies in the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan. The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan will play a crucial role in protecting our environment and communities over the next 20 years. This includes ensuring the local economy is supported by enabling an adequate supply of minerals and sustainably managing Hampshire's waste.

Hampshire's draft Plan has been prepared in partnership with Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and the New Forest and South Downs National Park Authorities, as part of their statutory responsibility for minerals and waste planning. The effects on surrounding areas have also been considered, including regular liaison with the relevant councils and communities.

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