Help shape new minerals and waste blueprint
A blueprint for the future of mineral prospecting and waste management in Buckinghamshire is to be put to residents, stakeholders and operators.
It will eventually become the go-to guide to steer the County Council when considering plans to dig for sand and gravel, and process and recycle waste to 2036.
The County Council has launched the consultation on its new 21-year draft Minerals and Waste Local Plan, to see what people think about 27 potential areas for waste management location, and seven sites for possible mineral extraction.
And Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, is urging them to have their say at www.buckscc.gov.uk/mwlocalplan
For waste, the plan sets out how much extra capacity will be required, when it will be needed and where it could be provided. It also sets criteria for identifying future recycling and composting capacity.
For minerals, the plan identifies how much sand and gravel will be required and when. It safeguards areas in both the south and north of the county. Operators looking to extract sand, gravel, clay or chalk will need to satisfy strict site criteria, as would those planning waste recycling, recovery or disposal operations.
The plan's criteria protect environmental features, such as the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Green Belt, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, nature reserves, wildlife sites, rivers and canals. They also ensure protection for scheduled monuments and listed buildings.
The consultation, which is open until September 27, is the start of the draft plan's 18-month journey towards sign-off in late 2018.
Residents will be able to have their say online, at libraries, and at roadshows in Buckingham, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Amersham and Gerrards Cross.
Once residents have fed back, the draft plan will be amended and consulted on again before heading off to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and a formal examination in public in summer 2018.
Roadshows will be held in the following locations:
High Wycombe market, High Street, Saturday 2 September, 10am-4pm.
Iver Village Hall, Grange Way, SL0 9NW, Tuesday 5 September, 4-8pm.