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Mineral Sites Plan

The Mineral Sites Plan is being prepared to accompany the Minerals Strategy (2014). It will identify sites for mineral extraction to meet national, regional and local needs. Once adopted, the Mineral Sites Plan will allocate suitable sites for the future quarrying of sand and gravel, building stones and ball clay to meet development requirements.

Inspector's report on the Mineral Sites Plan (July 2019)

The Mineral Sites Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 29 March 2018 for examination, and public hearings took place in September-October 2018, and February 2019.

The Inspector appointed to examine the Mineral Sites Plan has now found that the Plan provides an appropriate basis for mineral planning in the Plan area, provided that a number of main modifications are made to it.  

The Inspector's findings are set out in the Inspector's report.  The Inspector has also set out the main modifications that should be made to the Mineral Sites Plan. These should be read alongside the PreSubmission Draft MSP pages 1-87PreSubmission Draft MSP pages 88 - 98PreSubmission Draft MSP pages 99 - 108PreSubmission Draft MSP 109 - 171PreSubmission Draft MSP pages 172 - 206 

Adoption of the Plan

The Mineral Sites Plan is programmed to be considered for adoption by Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council in the Autumn of 2019.  The formal adoption date will begin two weeks from the date at which both Dorset Council and BCP Council have adopted the Plan.  The main modifications recommended by the Inspector will then be incorporated into the final Mineral Sites Plan and published on our website.  Until then, please refer to the Presubmission Draft documents as above, together with the Schedule of Main Modifications 

Consultation on modifications to the Mineral Sites Plan 

The Plan was examined by Inspector Elizabeth Ord LLB (Hons) MA DipTUS, with hearing sessions taking place in September-October 2018. A further hearing session was held on 14 February 2019.

As a result of the examination process, a number of modifications are proposed to the Pre-Submission Draft Mineral Sites Plan that was submitted. There are both main modifications, which the Inspector considers necessary in order for the Plan to be found 'sound' (written in red and underlined), and additional modifications, which are other changes to improve the Plan (written in red and italics). You can comment on the proposed modifications online or by using a response form.

As well as being set out in the online version of the plan, the modifications can be viewed in the schedules of modifications.

The following documents can be viewed:

Consultation on modifications
Reference Document title Date
MSDCC83-c Schedule of main modifications May 2019
MSDCC84-b Schedule of additional modifications

May 2019


Modified version of the Mineral Sites Plan (Chapters 1-6)

Modified version of the Mineral Sites Plan (Submission Policies Map and Inset Maps p83-97)

Modified version of the Mineral Sites Plan (Submission Policies Map and Inset Maps p98-112)

Modified version of the Mineral Sites Plan (Appendix A - Site Allocations)

Modified version of the Mineral Sites Plan (Appendix B, Replaced Policies and Glossary)

May 2019

Sustainability Appraisal of proposed modifications (p1-288)

Sustainability Appraisal of proposed modifications (p289-583)

May 2019
MSPSD19a Habitats Regulations Assessment of proposed modifications May 2019
MSPSD19b Habitats Regulations Assessment Appendix 1 May 2019
MSDCC85 Screening of proposed sites for cumulative impacts  May 2019

Updates 13 & 16 May 2019: Note that the Schedules of Modifications have been updated. Changes relate to Chapter 5 ‘Safeguarding’ only. Modification AM18.2 has been removed from the schedule of additional modifications and instead included as MM22.1 in the schedule of main modifications. Reference to figure 21 has also been added to MM83. The updated schedules are numbered MSDCC - 83c and MSDCC - 84b. 

Hard copies of the documents can also be viewed at County Hall, Dorchester; the Civic Centre, Poole; the Customer Services Centre, Bournemouth; and the Civic Offices, Christchurch.

When commenting, please state the modification number. Note that only comments relating to a proposed modification will be accepted. 

Responses must be received by 5pm on Thursday 20 June 2019. 

Responses can be emailed to, or posted to County Hall (see below). For further information contact the minerals and waste planning policy team on 01305 224675.

Data Protection

The information you provide will be used by Dorset Council for the purpose of preparing the minerals and waste local plans. It will only be retained for as long as required for that purpose.

Note that representations, including respondent details, will be forwarded to the Planning Inspector who has been appointed by the Secretary of State to examine the Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset Mineral Sites Plan. Please be aware that all representations will be made available for public inspection, including on the council’s website.

By commenting, you are consenting to its use as detailed and you are agreeing for your details to be added to our database. Further information about the use of personal information is available on our website or by contacting the Council’s Data Protection Officer by email at or by post at RMU, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ.

Next steps with the Mineral Sites Plan

Following consultation on the modifications to the Plan, the responses on main modifications will be considered by the Inspector. The Inspector will then prepare her final report on the Plan. 

The councils hope to then adopt the Mineral Sites Plan in autumn 2019. 

Examination of the Mineral Sites Plan

Further information on the hearing sessions that took place in September/October 2018 and February 2019 and the full examination library are available to view.

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