NOTTINGHAMSHIRE residents are being asked for their views on how vital minerals are quarried in the county over the next 15 to 20 years.
The County Council is identifying the issues and potential options it faces in a new Minerals Local Plan and residents are being invited to give their views in a major consultation which is taking place until Friday, 30th March.
As part of the consultation a display is travelling around the county’s libraries over the next few weeks, with an exhibition taking place in Mansfield Library from 13th-25th February.
In addition, an officer from the planning team at the County Council will be on hand in Mansfield to answer questions from 11.30 to 1.30pm on Thursday 16th February.
An updated Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan will look ahead to 2030 and set out the policy against which proposals for minerals development will be assessed.
“Every few years, minerals authorities like the County Council are required to prepare forward plans and a vision to look at how materials such as sand and gravel, rock, brick clay, oil, gas and coal are provided,” says Coun Richard Butler, the county council’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability.
“The current Minerals Local Plan was adopted in December 2005 and is now due for replacement. This consultation exercise is the first but critical stage in preparing a new plan which will cover the period up to 2030.
“As we work on the new plan, we will need to know what is important to the people of Nottinghamshire so that we can try to meet everyone’s needs and aspirations.
“That’s why we want as many people as possible to take part in the consultation so that, ultimately, we can produce a minerals local plan that reflects the comments, observations and views of all relevant and interested parties.”
For further information on the consultation exercise, to view the main consultation paper and to make other comments,click here, email email@example.com, phone 08449 808080 or write to the Planning Policy Team, County Hall, West Bridgford, NG2 7QP.