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Minerals and Waste Local Plan Examination

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on 29 July 2021.

 AIcon for pdf Submission Notification Letter [340KB]  has been sent to all those registered on our planning consultation portal setting out details of the submission and where the submission documents can be found.

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The Council has received the Inspector's report into the Minerals and Waste Local Plan. The report states that, subject to the main modifications set out in the appendix to the Inspector's Report, that plan is sound and can be adopted. The Plan will be taken to Council with the recommendation to adopt in December 2022. 

Main Modifications Consultation (June/July 2022)

Consultation on the Icon for pdf Proposed Main Modifications [111KB]  closed on Wednesday 6 July 2022. A total of 16 responses were received as follows:

Beenham Parish Council

Canal and River Trust

  • Representor ID: 376324
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Canal and River Trust
  • Comments relating to: General
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Canal and River Trust [139KB]

Chievely Parish Council 

  • Representor ID: 1194906
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Chievely Parish Council 
  • Comments relating to: MM4, MM13
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Chieveley Parish Council [175KB]

Coal Authority

  • Representor ID: 1150074
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Coal Authority
  • Comments relating to: General
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Coal Authority [82KB]

Environment Agency

  • Representor ID: 1012781
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Environment Agency
  • Comments relating to: General
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Environment Agency [37KB]

Exolum Pipeline Systems Ltd. (Formerly CLH Pipeline Systems Ltd)

Mark Davies

Mr. and Mrs. Mills represented by John Cowley

National Highways

  • Representor ID: 1101067
  • Representor Name / Organisation: National Highways
  • Comments relating to: General
  • Representation: Icon for pdf National Highways [179KB]

Network Rail

  • Representor ID: 876561
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Network Rail
  • Comments relating to: MM26 
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Network Rail [76KB]

Oxfordshire County Council

  • Representor ID: 788123
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Oxfordshire County Council 
  • Comments relating to: General
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Oxfordshire County Council [231KB]

Paul and Victoria Machin

  • Representor ID: 1012886
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Paul and Victoria Machin
  • Comments relating to: MM2, MM3, MM4, MM5, MM10, MM11, MM12, MM20, MM25, MM30, MM31, MM32, MM42
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Paul and Victoria Machin [139KB]

Stephen Bullock

  • Representor ID: 787572
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Stephen Bullock
  • Comments relating to: General, MM30
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Stephen Bullock [282KB]

Transport for London

  • Representor ID: 1160507
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Transport for London
  • Comments relating to: General
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Transport for London [98KB]

Tyle Mill represented by Richard Anstis

  • Representor ID: 1262183
  • Representor Name / Organisation: Tyle Mill represented by Richard Anstis
  • Comments relating to: MM1, MM2, MM3, MM4, MM5, MM6, MM8, MM9, MM10, MM11, MM12, MM13, MM14, MM17, MM18, MM1, MM20, MM21, MM22, MM25, MM28, MM29, MM30, MM31, MM32, MM44, MM45, SA/SEA, EXAM14
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Tyle Mill [367KB]

West Berkshire Environmental Health

  • Representor ID: 1256474
  • Representor Name / Organisation: West Berkshire Environmental Health
  • Comments relating to: General
  • Representation: Icon for pdf Environmental Health [152KB]

All comments received will be provided to the Inspector who will review the submissions before deciding on the next steps for the Examination process.


The Inspector

Planning Inspector, Brian Sims BSc CEng MICE MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the West Berkshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan (the Plan).

The Inspector's task is to consider the soundness and legal compliance of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2021 (the Framework) and associated regulations, namely the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Localism Act 2011 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Submission Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.

At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council. A Procedure Guide for Local Plan Examinations is available from the Planning Inspectorate.

The Inspector has submitted an Icon for pdf Initial Note [106KB] to which the Council have Icon for pdf Replied [49KB] . Additional Guidance Icon for pdf Guidance Note (INSP2) [152KB] , Icon for pdf Amended Guidance (INSP5) [150KB] and Icon for pdf Guidance on Virtual Participation (INSP6) [92KB] have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.


The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Council and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
Programme Officer
PO Box 241

Mobile: 0772 300 9166



Hearing Sessions and Timetable

Hearing Sessions took place between 1st and 3rd of February 2022. The Inspector's Icon for pdf Post Hearings Note [59KB] has now been submitted.

The Inspector's Icon for pdf Matters, Issues and Questions and updated hearing programme [139KB]  (MIQs) contained the Programme for the hearing sessions. Agendas for the Hearings were produced by the Inspector as follows:


Position Statements

The following position statements were received in response to the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions.

Legal Compliance

Matter 1 - Vision and Objectives

Matter 2 - Construction Aggregate Requirements (Policy 2)

Matter 3 - Construction Aggregate Supply and Allocated Sites (Policies 4, 30, 31)

Matter 4 - Net Self-Sufficiency in Waste Management (Policy 3)

Matter 5 - Minerals and Waste Safeguarding (Policies 9, 10)

Matter 6 - Other Strategic Policies (Policies 5, 6, 7, 15)


Evidence Base Documents and Examination Library

In preparing the Plan, the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the examination library.

Privacy Notices

For more information on how we will use your data during the examination please take a look at our Privacy Notices. 

Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Examination Library

All documents relating to the examination into the Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Representations

Representations received on the Proposed Submission Minerals and Waste Local Plan.

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