Decision details

Soft Sand Review: adoption of changes to the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan

Decision Maker: County Council, Cabinet Member for Environment

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The County Council, in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority, was required to undertake a Soft Sand Review (SSR) of the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan (JMLP), which is part of the statutory ‘development plan’ for West Sussex.  The SSR considers the need for soft sand during the plan period (to 2033) and identifies changes to the JMLP to meet this demand, including the need for new site allocations. 


Informal public consultation on issues and options took place in January–March 2019 (under Regulation 18) followed by a formal period for representations on proposed changes to the JMLP in January-March 2020 (under Regulation 19).  In April 2020, the draft was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination, for which hearing sessions took place in August 2020. 


Following the hearings, the Government-appointed Inspector indicated that the submitted changes needed to be modified.  Consultation on Proposed Modifications took place during November–January 2021.  The Inspector considered the Proposed Modifications and the representations made on them.  He then reported that the submitted changes (as modified) are ‘sound’ and suitable for adoption.


98.1     The Council considered the Soft Sand Review: Adoption of changes to the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan, in the light of a report by the Cabinet Member for Environment (pages 71 to 118).


98.2     Resolved –


That the changes to the Joint Minerals Local Plan identified through the Soft Sand Review, as set out at Appendix 1 to the report, be adopted.

Publication date: 31/03/2021

Date of decision: 19/03/2021

Decided at meeting: 19/03/2021 - County Council

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