Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities – Joint Minerals and Waste Plan – Have your say …

Residents, businesses and landowners are invited to review a key plan which will ensure adequate waste management facilities and minerals used in construction are available in the borough for the next 16 years.

Bracknell Forest Council has worked with Reading Borough Council, The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council to produce a Joint Minerals and Waste Plan.

The plan has been produced as populations and economic needs continue to grow across Berkshire. A comprehensive plan is therefore required to ensure there are enough waste management facilities such as recycling centres and minerals like sand and gravel available for use by those living and working in the borough and beyond. The plan will guide decision making on planning applications for waste management facilities and mineral extraction across the four local authority areas up until 2036.

The plan has been in development for three years and feedback from residents, businesses and landowners has been gathered along the way to help shape the plan. Feedback is now being sought on the final version of the plan via a consultation which runs until Thursday, 15 October.

The plan and any comments received will then be submitted to central Government this winter for examination by an independent planning inspector.

Cllr Chris Turrell, Executive Member for Planning and Transport, said: “It is crucial for the economic development of Bracknell Forest that the council has a robust plan which clearly sets out the future needs of the borough and how these mineral and waste needs will be met.

“Ensuring an adequate supply of minerals is an important part of maintaining a strong local economy through supporting the construction industry.” 

Cllr Dorothy Hayes, Executive Member for the Environment, said: “The waste management part of the plan is designed to identify and plan for future needs for all aspects of waste management from recycling, recovery and re-use to disposal for households, businesses, industries and more.

“I’d urge anyone with an interest to review the plan and consider whether you feel it meets the needs of the borough. Any objections or comments will be submitted to central Government for inspection.”

All responses to the consultation must be received by 5pm on Monday, 15 October 2020. 

To view the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan, supporting documents and take part in the consultation, visit: www.hants.gov.uk/berksconsult.