Issue details

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

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.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 11/01/2021

Decision due: March 2021 by Cabinet Member for Environment

Lead member: Councillor Deborah Urquhart

Contact: Rupy Sandhu, Principal Planner Email: Tel: 033 022 26454.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member Environment, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Public consultation has taken place


Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

Background3: Safe, Strong and Sustainable Place


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Background papers

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