Planning that relates to waste and minerals sites, for example landfill sites and gravel extraction, are dealt with at a county level in waste and minerals plans.
In East Sussex, East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are working together to produce a joint Waste and Minerals Local Plan. The Waste and Minerals Plan which contains an overarching strategy and general development policies was adopted in 2013. The council's are now working on producing a Waste and Minerals Sites Plan and Adopted Policies Map to go with this.
In West Sussex, West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park authority jointly adopted a Waste Local Plan that includes strategic objectives, development management policies and six site allocations. They are now in the process of producing a new Minerals Local Plan to manage mineral extraction in West Sussex for the nest 15 years.
Until a new plan is adopted, planning decisions are based on the saved policies from the old plan.
These plans undergo the same public consultation process as for a Local Plan and we do our best to comment at each stage to ensure wildlife has a voice. Here are some examples of interventions we have made to help make sure biodiversity is considered within these plans: