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23 May 2016

Consultation starts on Cumbria’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan


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Cumbria’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan sets out a vision and a framework which will help safeguard Cumbria’s environment. It will also shape planning decisions outside the county’s national park areas until 2030.


The consultation is on the latest version of the Local Plan, which takes account of comments and feedback during two previous rounds of consultation in 2015.


Councillor Janet Willis, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Environment, said: “A great deal of work has gone into producing the plan. It will play a key role in supporting the way Cumbria grows its economy through new developments, making the most of its mineral resources and managing its waste sustainably. We’re now giving people a further opportunity to comment on the plan before submission to the Secretary of State.”


The consultation runs until Monday 4 July and any comments submitted at this stage must relate to whether the local plan is sound and complies with legislation.


Following the consultation, the council will submit the local plan to the Secretary of State in the summer. It is anticipated that the Planning Inspectorate will hold an examination in public later this year.


The plan can be seen and responded to online at www.cumbria.gov.uk/planning-environment/policy/minerals_waste/MWLP/Consultations2016.asp
Cumbria County Council is today (Monday 23 May) launching a six-week public consultation on a planning roadmap for the way minerals are extracted and waste is dealt with in Cumbria for the next 15 years.