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Essex Minerals Local Plan Review

Proposed new site for mineral extraction within the Parish area. Please make sure you have your say.

Replacement Minerals Local Plan Review – 2025 to 2040
Public consultation from 6th February to 19th March 2024

The next stage of the Replacement Minerals Local Plan Review will be undergoing a six-week public consultation (under Regulation 18 – Issues and Options), during which time we are inviting comments.
Please note that there is one site in our parish/area that has been put forward for consideration for inclusion in the new Minerals Local Plan.

For details and maps of these sites please see the Candidate Site Assessment document AND its accompanying appendices on our website at

The current Essex Minerals Local Plan (MLP) was adopted in July 2014. The Plan provides planning policies for minerals development in Essex until 2029 and identifies future sites for mineral extraction.
Every five years the council is required to review the effectiveness of its MLP. Since 2020 the review of the Plan has undergone several phases of consultation and two call for sites resulting in 52 candidate sites being put forward for consideration for inclusion in a new Plan.

We are now proposing to extend the Plan to 2040 covering a 15-year period from 2025. New sites will be needed to meet the forecasted demand for aggregates (sand and gravel) over this period. Doing so will ensure that the Plan is robust and can help maintain a ‘steady and adequate’ supply of aggregates and meet the relevant ‘tests of soundness’ as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

There are two main parts of this consultation on which you are invited to comment: the first are the revised Plan polices, their supporting text and the wider Plan evidence base in the draft Replacement Minerals Local Plan. The second is the site assessment report which contains the 52 candidate sites. The suitability of each has been assessed by independent consultants.
At this stage we have not identified what sites we want to see included in the final
Plan. ‘Preferred Sites’ for allocation will be chosen once the comments received
from this consultation have been fully considered.
Full details of this consultation, all related documents and how to respond can be found
on the Essex County Council website at
Free internet access is available at Essex libraries.
Responses to this consultation should be made by 5pm on 19 March 2024.

All comments submitted to this consultation will be available to view online on our
consultation portal, including those submitted through non-electronic means.

Please note that there will likely be a delay in being able to view consultation responses
submitted which, depending on the timing and volume of submissions, may extend to
after the consultation period has closed.

Information will be published in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act, The General Data Protection Regulation and ECC’s own privacy notice.

If you have any queries, please contact us via the email below.
Yours sincerely
Richard Greaves
Chief Planning Officer, County Planning

12:53, 12 Feb 2024 by Jill Brattan




Are you a C.B radio user or enthusiast in the Parish?

The Parish Council is currently compiling an Emergency Plan. This is a process that will be used to support people living in our rural  Parish should we be subject to an unexpected emergency. We will operate a Telephone tree to get in touch and keep in touch with emergency services and professionals who specialise in assisting those in the countryside.


If the electricity should be cut off for any length of time, we would very much like to be able to have access to a C.B radio to help us keep in contact with emergency services.


If you have the technology and know how to help, please do get in touch with us.


Telephone  07495 059111


Or email us on:


Many thanks.







20:51, 28 Jan 2024 by Jill Brattan

Project Update Information Events

Information received from  The Five Estuaries Wind Farm Project. Please read below for the latest updates


The Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm Project has been in development since August 2020, and we are now in the final stages of preparation before we submit an application for a Development Consent Order in the coming months.

Ahead of this, we would like to update local communities on final plans for our application and next steps in the process. We are therefore holding two public information events and two webinars which we invite you to attend to find out more about our final plans for application submission and speak to the Project team.


Monday 29th January
Drop-in information event
Venture Centre 2000, Bromley Road, Lawford CO11 2JE

Tuesday 30th January
Drop-in information event
Tendring Village Hall, Tendring, CO16 0BL

Wednesday 7th February
Online webinar – onshore focus
Please register here at least two hours before

Thursday 8th February
Online webinar – offshore focus
Please register here at least two hours before

Stage 3 Consultation

Five Estuaries is currently carrying out two focused consultations. The deadline for responding to these consultations is 11:59pm on Wednesday 31 January 2024.

The purpose of these consultations is to ensure that the relevant stakeholders potentially affected by changes to the Project have an opportunity to comment before we finalise our application, and that we fulfil all our obligation under the Planning Act 2008.

These consultations are:

Targeted land interest consultation - Tendring, Essex
A targeted consultation with those with an interest in the land affected by changes to our onshore proposals since our Stage 2 consultation. This consultation is specifically being carried out with those with a land interest potentially affected by changes to our proposals. You will have received a letter from the Project if this consultation applies to you. We are only inviting feedback to the consultation from those we have written to, however you are welcome to contact at us at any time with questions or thoughts about the Project.

Habitat Compensatory Measures Consultation – East Suffolk
A consultation on proposals to improve the habitat for lesser black-backed gulls at a site in East Suffolk near to Orford Ness, to compensate for a potential impact on the species from our proposed offshore wind turbines. These proposals include fencing, managing vegetation, and assessing and controlling predators. The works required are minimal, and would only take a few weeks to complete.

More information on Stage 3 Consultation can be found here.

19:46, 16 Jan 2024 by Jill Brattan


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