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Minerals and Waste Planning Policy

A suite of documents will provide the framework for delivering Minerals and Waste planning policy for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

The latest version of the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (M&WDS) covering the period 2015-2017, was approved by Dorset County Council on 17 December 2014 and becomes effective from the 1 Janauary 2015. It identifies the minerals and waste plans which are to be prepared for the administrative areas of Dorset County Council and the two unitary authorities of the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council and sets out the timetable for their preparation.

Minerals and Waste Development Plans scheduled for preparation in the latest M&WDS comprise:-

  • Minerals Sites Plan;

  • Waste Plan; and

  • Policies Map.  

The Minerals Strategy 

The Minerals Strategy is a plan setting out the vision, objectives and proposed policies for meeting Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole's mineral requirements.

It sets out a strategy for quarrying stone, sand and gravel, ball clay and other minerals within the county, taking into account the need to contribute to national, regional and local requirements in a sustainable manner.

Adoption of the Minerals Strategy

The Minerals Strategy was formally adopted by Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole on 6 May 2014.

The Minerals Strategy, along with the Sustainability Appraisal Report and the Inspector’s Report, are available to view at www.dorsetforyou.com/mcs 

The Minerals Strategy supersedes some (but not all) of the ‘saved’ policies of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Minerals and Waste Local Plan (1999) and Waste Local Plan (2006). See Appendix 2 of the Minerals Strategy for a full schedule.

Waste Policy

The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Waste Local Plan (June 2006), contains saved policies which are used to assess and determine development applications for waste facilities until they are replaced by new policies that will be contained in a new Waste Plan.

New Waste Plan

Work has begun on a new plan to provide for the waste management needs of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. The plan will eventually replace the current Waste Local Plan, which was adopted in 2006.

The new Waste Plan will determine where new facilities are needed, taking into account the waste management strategies of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole councils. Once adopted, it will provide the policy framework for the determination of waste planning applications including site specific allocations.

Consultation on the Waste Plan Issues Paper took place from December 2013 - February 2014.

For further information, see Dorset County Council's website at: www.dorsetforyou.com/waste-plan

Fracking in Poole

The Borough of Poole Position Statement on Fracking in Poole can be accessed here.

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