Consultation about the content of the Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan
The County Council is about to commence work on preparing the Cumbria Minerals and Waste Local Plan.
The Local Plan will set out the Council’s policies for the provision for mineral working, for safeguarding mineral resources and associated mineral developments and for waste management. The plan period will be to 2028. It will be for those parts of Cumbria that are outside of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.
The Council are seeking initial views and representations about what that Plan should contain.
Why We Are Consulting
Over the past few years the County Council has run a number of consultations to inform the preparation of the Cumbria Minerals and Waste Development Framework (MWDF). As the end of this process was being reached in March 2012, the Coalition Government published its National Planning Policy Framework and, in April 2012, introduced a new development plan system, which requires Local Plans to be prepared.
A consequence of these changes is that there is now a need to review and update the County Council's minerals and waste planning policy documents that have already been prepared (i.e. the MWDF Core Strategy, Generic Development Control Policies and Site Allocation Policies).
What Happens Next
Your representations will be used to inform the content of the Minerals and Waste Local Plan. When the first proposed draft of this document is published it will be accompanied by a Consultation Statement clearly setting out how each issue raised from this consultation has been addressed.
It is currently anticipated that the first draft will be published in December 2012/January 2013.