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Mineral Sites Plan

The Mineral Sites Plan is being prepared to accompany the Minerals Strategy (2014). It will identify sites for mineral extraction to meet national, regional and local needs. Once adopted, the Mineral Sites Plan will allocate suitable sites for the future quarrying of sand and gravel, building stones and ball clay to meet development requirements.

Consultation on additional site - Land at Horton Heath (AS27)

The Mineral Sites Plan was submitted to the planning inspectorate on 29 March 2018 for examination. Inspector Elizabeth Ord LLB (Hons) MA DipTUS has been appointed as the independent Inspector to conduct the examination into the soundness of the Mineral Sites Plan. Public hearings took place during September and October 2018.

During the examination, a site that hadn't been included in the submitted Plan was discussed - land at Horton Heath, Wimborne (reference AS27). The site is now being considered for inclusion in the final Plan. You can download a location map showing the site.

Public consultation on this additional site took place from 17 December 2018 to 28 January 2019.  You can view the consultation document and the comments made via the online consultation document.

An additional hearing session is being held by the Inspector on Thursday 14 February at 10am, at the Horton and Chalbury Village Hall. The agenda is available and the programme officer should be contacted for further information:

Mrs A Christine Self MIBMS
Tel: 01225 872654

The following documents relevant to this hearing session are available as part of the examination library.

Examination library - AS27 Hearing Session
 Reference Document title Date
MSPHDAS27-05 Statement by Dorset County Council on AS27 - Land at Horton Heath February 2019
MSPSDAS27-17 Sustainability appraisal of AS27 - Land at Horton Heath December 2018
 MSPSDAS27-18  Cumulative impacts assessment of AS27 - Land at Horton Heath December 2018
MSPSDAS27-19 Habitats regulations assessment including land at Horton Heath December 2018
MSPDCCAS27-83 Draft Mineral Sites Plan - Consultation on Land at Horton Heath December 2018
MSPDCCAS27-84 AS27 Land at Horton Heath Site assessment Updated January 2019
MSPDCCAS27-85 AS27 Land at Horton Heath proposed access route January 2019
MSPDCCAS27-86 Schedule of representations February 2019
MSPDCCAS27-87 Statement from Senior Archaeologist, DCC, on AS27 Horton Heath February 2019
MSPEXTAS27-13 Archaeological assessment for AS08 & AS27  December 2018
MSPEXTAS27-14 Landowner statement regarding sites AS08 & AS27 October 2018
HORTONHEATH HD30a Statement on behalf of landowner February 2019

Details on processing and traffic movements

Further discussion with the site promoter has indicated that, should this site be developed at some time in the future, dry screening of the sand would take place on site, before it was sold and removed from the site.  There would not be an on-site washing and sorting plant.

For clarification, it has been estimated that should AS27 be developed as a quarry, it would generate approximately 80 lorry movements per day - that is, 40 lorries in and 40 lorries out.  However, this is only an estimate and an accurate figure would not be known unless and until there is a planning application.

Next steps with the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Mineral Sites Plan

Depending on the outcome of the hearing session on 14 February, AS27 Land at Horton Heath may be proposed for addition to the Mineral Sites Plan as an allocation. It would be added into the Schedule of Proposed Modifications (changes) to the Mineral Sites Plan, as a proposed addition to the Plan.

All modifications (changes) proposed to the Mineral Sites Plan will be the subject of a further and final consultation before the Inspector prepares her report.

The implications of including this site in the Mineral Sites Plan will be considered once the hearing is completed, and the Inspector has given the Mineral Planning Authority further guidance.

The expected next steps in the preparation of the Mineral Sites Plan are set out below.

Key stagesWhen 
Hearing session to discuss AS27 Horton Heath  14 February 2019 
Consultation on proposed modifications to the whole Plan February to April 2019 (expected) 

Mineral Sites Plan Adoption

Spring/Summer 2019 

Examination of the Mineral Sites Plan

Further information on the hearing sessions that took place in September/October 2018 and the full examination library are available to view.

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