Minerals and Waste Local Plan consultation

This new plan will detail our policies for minerals and waste. Have your say on the consultation until 17 December 2018 at 5pm.

The Plan will also set out locations for the potential development of minerals sites (such as sand and gravel quarries) and waste sites (such as recycling plants or landfills) within the county.

You can also see our existing policy documents.

Further public consultation

Following recent case law concerning the conservation of habitats and species regulations, an appropriate assessment has been prepared. Legal advice is that a further period of public consultation is necessary.

On 18 October the County Council agreed to consult on the Appropriate Assessment from 5 November at 5pm until 17 December at 5pm. Comments made through the consultation will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate alongside the Plan and other supporting documents when the Plan is submitted for Examination in Public.

Download and view the following documents:

Have your say

You can take part in the online survey.

Read guidance on making a representation (PDF, 88KB).

Alternatively, you can download a representation form (Word, 85KB) and submit by email to smwlp@suffolk.gov.uk or post to:

Graham Gunby, Development Manager
Growth, Highways and Infrastructure Directorate
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road

The information which you provide is only for use in the Minerals & Waste Local Plan Consultation and Examination in Public. For more information see our privacy policyOnly representations received within the consultation period and concerning the HRA/Appropriate Assessment will be considered.

The information you provided was only used in the Minerals & Waste Local Plan Consultation and EIP. For more information, see our privacy policy.

In July 2016, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet agreed to the production of a single document to cover both minerals and waste policy. The Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan, will replace all three of the existing plans: 

  • Suffolk Minerals Core Strategy (adopted 2008)
  • Suffolk Minerals Site Specific Allocations (adopted 2009)
  • Suffolk Waste Core Strategy (adopted 2011)

As part of the development of the new plan, the Issues and Options consultation was the first step of the consultation process. This consultation ran until 5pm on 6 February 2017.

The Issues and Options consultation was seeking views on proposed policies for the development of minerals and waste. This includes proposed aims and objectives and detailed policies for minerals and waste development in the county, and draft criteria for new minerals and waste sites.

The consultation discussed the intention to remove the proposed landfill sites at Foxhall, Great Blakenham, Layham and Thorington that had been included in the previous waste plan, as the move away from landfilling waste means that they are no longer required.

The consultation also discussed the intention to remove sites proposed for Strategic Residual waste Treatment Facilities at Eye/Yaxley, Masons Quarry Great Blakenham and Sproughton because, following the construction of the Energy from Waste Facility at the former Highways Depot in Great Blakenham, no additional facilities are required.

The Preferred Options consultation was the second step in the process Suffolk County Council is taking to develop the new Minerals and Waste Local Plan. It sets out the preferred locations for potential development of minerals and waste sites in the county.

The following sites have been submitted for consideration to the County Council in response to the earlier Issues and Options consultation which included a call for sites by inviting the sand and gravel industry, landowners and land agents to suggest sites for inclusion:

  • Barham
  • Barnham
  • Belstead
  • Cavenham
  • Layham
  • Tattingstone
  • Wangford
  • Wetherden
  • Wherstead
  • Worlington

Minerals sites will only be permitted in appropriate locations and will be required to be operated to a high standard, so that they do not cause significantly adverse impact upon the environment or local amenities or endanger human health.

The Council identified these sites after inviting the sand and gravel industry, landowners and land agents to suggest sites for inclusion.

The Pre-submission Stage is where the final version of the plan is published for further consultation. This version includes changes made in response to comments made at the Preferred Options Stage. Comments made at this stage are sent together with the submission draft plan and all the supporting documents to the Planning Inspectorate who will hold an Examination in Public. The inspector will then produce a report that includes recommendations to the County Council about any changes that need to be made to the plan. The County Council will then adopt the plan as planning policy.

View the evidence base documents:

View the Site Selection Reports:

Pre-submission consultation

Consultation ran from 11 June to 22 July 2018:-

Submission Draft Plan

Sustainability Appraisal

Preferred Options Plan

This was the initial version of the plan. Consultation ran from 30 October until 11 December 2017.

Sustainability Appraisal 

As part of this consultation, a Sustainability Appraisal was also produced. Read the appraisal and supporting documents:  

Issues and Options Consultation

As part of the development of the new plan, the Issues and Options Consultation is the first step of the consultation process. This consultation closed on 6 February 2017.

The Issues and Options consultation offered the opportunity to respond to the summary document, or to the full consultation document depending on the level of detail the response required. Please note that the full consultation includes a total of 62 questions, over more than 100 pages.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Consultation

The consultation for the Suffolk Minerals & Waste Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal Draft Scoping Report ended on 31 October 2016.

We received responses from three statutory consultees:


A waste site is a location for the processing or disposal of waste – residential or commercial. This can include landfill sites, recycling or composting facilities, or processing plants such as an Energy from Waste facility.

A minerals site is a location that has been identified as containing aggregates such as sand and gravel, that can be extracted for use in the construction industry, or chalk for use in agriculture.   

Visit the Minerals and Waste Policy web page.

What happens next? 

Once the full plan is produced, it will then be submitted to the Planning Inspector and examined in public, and an approved plan is expected to be adopted in 2019.