The Minerals and Waste Development Framework is the portfolio of documents that Essex County Council’s Minerals and Waste Planning team uses to make its planning decisions.
In particular the Minerals Local Plan and the Waste Local Plan set out the core strategy, development management policy and the policies map used to determine minerals and waste planning applications.
The Minerals Local Plan and the Waste Local Plan should be read alongside other local planning documents produced by the 12 district authorities in Essex.
The Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (MWDS) provides the timetable for policy preparation during each stage of the process. The current MWDS was adopted in May 2014.
Minerals Local Plan
The current Essex Minerals Local Plan was adopted in July 2014 and now replaces the 1996 Minerals Local Plan.
The current Waste Local Plan was adopted in 2001, and its policies will continue to be applied until the adoption of the Replacement Waste Local Plan.
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) provides an overview of the planning process and identifies how individuals and groups can have their say on specific planning applications and on the development of long term policy documents. The Statement of Community Involvement First Review was adopted in December 2012.
Essex County Council is required to produce an authority report outlining how it is meeting the objectives outlined in the waste and mineral plans and the Statement of Community Involvement. It also reviews progress in the preparation of the upcoming local development documents.