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Minerals and Waste Joint Plan

The National Park Authority is working with North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council on the production of the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan which will contain policies against which planning applications for minerals and waste developments will be determined. Further information about the Plan is available on the Joint Plan website.

Publication Consultation

Our Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Publication document is open for consultation from 9 November 2016 to 5.00pm on 21 December 2016. Please be aware that any representations received after the deadline cannot be taken into account. 

Details of the consultation are available from the Joint Plan website, including

  • A copy of the publication document
  • Supporting documents
  • Response form

Paper copies can be viewed at: 

  • Our main offices in Helmsley, Sutton Bank National Park Centre and The National Park Centre at Danby
  • The main offices of North Yorkshire County Council in Northallerton
  • City of York customer centre at West Offices in York
  • Libraries across the plan area, including mobile libraries

How should I respond?

Representations submitted at this stage should be made in relation to the national tests of 'soundness' for Local Plans. Therefore any response should demonstrate why the following tests have or have not been met, including evidence where applicable. To help you respond we have prepared a guidance note which we recommend that you read before responding to the consultation. This note along with the response forms and all other documentation is available from the Joint Plan website

The Test of Soundness

Soundness is explained in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Inspector conduction the Examination in Public has to be satisfied that the Joint Plan is positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy:

  • Positively prepared: This means that the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development.  
  • Justified: The plan should be the most appropriate strategy when considered against reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence.  
  • Effective: The plan should be deliverable over its period and based in effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities.  
  • Consistent with national policy: The plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the NPPF.  

What happens after the consultation?

Any representations received will be considered by an independent inspector alongside the published Joint Plan when it is submitted for Examination in Public. The purpose of the Examination is to consider whether the Joint Plan complies with relevant legal requirements for producing Local Plans, including the Duty to Cooperate, and meets the national tests of 'soundness' for Local Plans.   

Legal Compliance

To be legally compliant the Joint Plan has to be prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate and legal and procedural requirements, including the 2011 Localism Act and Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). 

What is included in the Plan?

The Minerals and Waste Joint Plan includes:

  • the approach the three authorities would like to take in making decisions on future minerals and waste related development;  
  • guidelines for where, when and how much minerals and waste related development should take place in the plan area;  
  • policies for each mineral type and the different types of waste produced in the area;  
  • specific policies relating to development management issues such as the protection of the environment and communities;  
  • a number of sites which are considered suitable in principle, subject to necessary planning permission, for future minerals and waste development.  

Previous stages of consultation

The first consultation stage took place in May and June of 2013. This stage presented initial information about the plan and sought views on what the plan should contain. 

The 'Issues and Options' consultation took place in Spring 2014 where we received comments on policies and potential allocations as well as further sites and information being submitted. 

During March 2015 we ran a supplementary sites consultation which gave people the opportunity to comment on new sites and information submitted at the Issues and Options stage. 

The 'Preferred Options' consultation ran between November 2015 and January 2016 which sought views on the preferred approach. The outcome of this has fed into the Joint Plan Publication draft. 

When adopted, the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan will set out new planning policies for minerals (including oil and gas) and waste development across all three areas and will help to guide decisions on planning applications up to 2030.