The Hampshire Minerals and Waste plan has now been formally adopted by all the partners, meaning future planning applications for minerals and waste development will be assessed and determined on the basis of the policies within it.
The aim of the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan is to protect Hampshire';s environment and communities and to support Hampshire's economy through the sustainable management of minerals and waste development. Examples of minerals and waste development include; construction, demolition, excavation and waste recycling sites, rail depots, local quarries and landfill, and energy from waste facilities.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: "The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan will play a crucial role in protecting our environment and supporting 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.
"The responsible approach we have taken will safeguard the future of Hampshire rather than endangering some of the county's most vulnerable communities, nature conservation sites and landscapes. It is about ensuring the right development in the right place at the right time. In preparing the Plan, the effects on areas around the identified sites have been fully assessed. Any future applications for development will be considered on their own merit and determined on the basis of the policies within this Plan. This includes ensuring that applications address the management and mitigation of the impact of development on local communities and the surrounding environment."
The 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. All five authorities have now adopted the plan providing a comprehensive framework for future minerals and waste development in Hampshire to 2030.
The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan was developed based on robust technical evidence and site appraisal work and has taken into account feedback from several rounds of public consultation. The plan was also subject to examination by an independent planning inspector and found sound in his recent report.