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  Getting involved

4 April 2014

Engagement Period

The Replacement Minerals Local Plan Pre-Submission engagement ran from 17 January to 28 February 2013.

For more information: Essex 01245 435 555 during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Viewing the consultation papers  

Submitting your opinions 

The focus of this engagement was different from previous consultations.  We moved on from the consideration of which sites should be preferred – the selection has now been made.
Instead, we asked you to consider whether the document is Sound according to the Tests of Soundness – that is, whether its approach is justified by the evidence supplied, and that it is the most appropriate strategy when considered against reasonable alternatives.

There were several ways to respond:

Online at:
We should like to encourage as many people as possible to use the online consultation facility as it is the cheapest response method available, and helps speed up the uploading process. If you have not used the system before, you will be required to register as a respondent (to log your details and help us ensure multiple responses are correctly assigned). There is an online help facility to guide you through the process.

By email to:

An emailable version of the response form is available to view.
These could also be printed and used as a template to submit responses by post.

By post to:

Minerals and Waste Planning
Environment, Sustainability and Highways
Essex County Council Freepost CL 3636
County Hall

Your details

If responding by email, post or fax, we asked consultees to use our response form, which is available to view, above. We required response to include your full name and contact details, a failure to do so may result in your comments being disallowed.
Every response will be made publicly available on our website, and those responses received by email, post or fax will be uploaded onto the consultation website by a member of Essex County Council staff. (All personal and contact details including signatures will be deleted from the online version apart from your name).
Every response will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and may be used by other sections of Essex County Council in order to respond to you. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act and Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1995 any information given to us may appear in the public domain.

If you need help

As well as providing telephone and Email support, the Council held a series of drop-in sessions where staff were available to provide further information and answer questions.  Sessions were held in:
  • Rochford
  • Chelmsford
  • Braintree
  • Great Dunmow
  • Colchester

Notification of future consultations

All those who submitted comments will be added to the database of stakeholders and respondents. If you do not wish to be notified about future Planning documents and consultations please contact us so that we can remove your details from the list.