2015 October Update
OCC's Mineral & Waste Plan goes to the Secretary of State
In response to OCC’s “Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Part 1 Core Strategy August 2015”, PAGE (along with other regional groups known collectively as OXAGE (Oxfordshire Against Gravel Extraction) ) commissioned Gardner Planning to write an in depth response. The document has been submitted to Oxfordshire County Council Minerals and Waste Group and to the Government Inspector (who has yet to be appointed by the Secretary of State) .
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The key objections raised detail the fact that the Plan is not legally compliant because it has not been prepared in accordance with the Statement of Community Involvement. Of equal importance is the understanding that the Plan is unsound for reasons explained below.
Objection 1 is about quantification (M2). The LAA ( Local Aggregate Assessment) and the Plan are not based on the ‘10 year average’ of Government policy, as supported by the majority of MPAs(Minerals Planning Associations), but relies on ‘local information’ which is unsupported by “robust information to justify deviation from the starting point of the 10 years rolling sales average”.
Objection 2 is the lack of specificity of site identification with only very broad (and large) ‘strategic resource areas’ identified (without any submitted evidence base) leading to widespread blight.
Objection 3 - concerns the unsupported assertions about site location (paragraphs 4.28 - 4.33). The specificity of paragraph 4.31 is entirely based on assertion, not a ‘robust evidence base’, to identify “a new working area” in Area 5 and is entirely unfounded, and strangely at odds with a ‘no-sites’ plan.
The full plan can be viewed on the OCC website (www. oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/minerals-and-waste-core-strategy)
PAGE has invested and prepared for this important period. If you would like to know more, then please do contact us, details available on this website. We will keep PAGE supporters up to date via the website or direct mails. Parish Councils receive regular updates from local Councillors as well as PAGE.