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