Council’s digging for views over quarrying
Consultation begins on minerals and waste plan
PEOPLE are being asked to help identify areas in Bucks where quarrying could take place over the next 15 years to provide building materials for new homes.
Bucks County Council is beginning the process of drawing up a new minerals and waste local plan for the county today (Thursday) with a consultation.
The council is asking people who live in the county, landowners, businesses and parishes to help set the direction for the plan by, among other things, identifying sites for smaller scale waste management and where future sand and gravel quarrying could take place over the next 15 years.
The last plan, covering sites for mineral extraction and handling waste, was adopted in 2006.
While some sections were revised three years ago, taking account of climate change, since then further changes in government policy on household waste management and mineral extraction means a revision is now needed.
The replacement plan will need to address the
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potential for fracking, recycling and reuse of waste materials, as well as quarrying.
Lead officer for minerals and waste policy Lester Hannington said sand and gravel was essential for the construction of new homes.
The plan would also look at where waste could be used, instead of being sent to landfill.
“There is much more creative thinking these days about a circular economy, which very much means waste management,” said Mr Hannington. “Sending things we no longer want to landfill is increasingly a thing of the past.
“But that means finding the places where waste can be turned into a resource again.
paper, plastics, glass, cars, washing machines, fridges and cookers can all be managed so that they can contribute towards making new products.”
Cabinet member for planning and environment Lesley Clarke said: “I want people to be involved right from the start. This is a golden opportunity for our residents to influence these policies from the word go.
“We need to make strong policies so that in looking at future planning applications we can make robust decisions in the interests of Buckinghamshire.”
The plan will published next year.
To share your views, visit http://bucksccconsult.objective.co.uk/ portal or email mineralswastepolicy@ buckscc.gov.uk.