Mineral Sites Plan
We are in the early stages of preparing a Mineral Sites Plan. Once adopted, this document will identify suitable sites for the extraction of sand, gravel, building stone and ball clay to meet national, regional and local requirements.
We are currently gathering detailed information on potential sites that have been put forward. Each site will be subject to full assessment, using a comprehensive set of criteria to determine their suitability or otherwise for inclusion in the Mineral Sites Plan. These site assessment criteria are contained in Appendix 1 of the Minerals Core Strategy.
There is still time to put forward a site for consideration. Please contact the minerals and waste planning policy team. See our newsletter (pdf, 297kb) (opens in a new window) for further information.
Public consultation on a draft Mineral Sites Plan, including preferred areas for quarrying, will take place early in 2014.
Back in 2008, we published a Minerals Site Allocations Document (MSAD) Discussion Paper. It identified all the sites that have been suggested, by land owners and mineral operators, to be considered for inclusion in the MSAD as future locations for quarrying. The purpose of this initial stage of consultation was to gain feedback from a wide cross section of interested parties in the early stages of preparation.
Consultation on the discussion paper took place between 17 October and 12 December 2008.
The outcomes of the consultation were reported to the Minerals and Waste Policy Joint Advisory Committee in March 2009. The Minerals and Waste Consultation Portal (opens in a new window) allows you to view the document and the comments made during the consultation period.
Following this consultation, work on this document was put on hold in order to progress the Minerals Core Strategy ahead of the sites plan.
Further suggested mineral sites
During the consultation on the MSAD Discussion Paper, and during the period that has followed, a number of additional potential quarry sites have been suggested to us for consideration. Information on these suggested mineral sites is available.
Some of the sites that were consulted on at the end of 2008 have been formally withdrawn by the promoter. These sites will not therefore be subject to any further assessment and will not be considered for inclusion in the MSAD.
The sites that have been withdrawn are:
AS02 & AS17 Cannon Hill and Uddens Plantations, NE of Wimborne Minster
AS14 Sturminster Marshall
AS18 Land north of River Stour, Wimborne Minster
BC01 Carrot Bank, Creech
A landscape and visual assessment (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) has been undertaken to assess the landscape capacity of a number of the potential sites to accommodate mineral development. The methodology used assessed landscape character, landscape character sensitivity and visual sensitivity to determine capacity. The study also included an assessment of potential cumulative impacts of groups of sites from two key viewpoints in Purbeck - Creech Barrow (pdf, 278kb) (opens in a new window) and Whiteway Viewpoint (pdf, 178kb) (opens in a new window) .
Keep up to date
If you would like to be added to our database of consultees and be kept up to date on the progress of the Mineral Sites Plan and other minerals and waste development plan documents please register on the Minerals and Waste Consultation Portal (opens in a new window) . Alternatively contact the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team.
- Background papers
A series of background papers to the Minerals Site Allocations Document (MSAD) discussion paper, including more detailed site assessments, are available to download here.
- Further suggested mineral sites
During the consultation on the MSAD Discussion Paper, and during the period that has followed, a number of additional potential quarry sites have been suggested to us for consideration.