Minerals and waste

We are responsible for the production, monitoring, and review of a minerals and waste local plan.

Lincolnshire minerals and waste local plan

The current plan consists of two parts:

  1. Core strategy and development management policies - this outlines the principles for the future winning and working of minerals and the form of waste management. It also provides the criteria under which we consider minerals and waste development applications.
  2. Site locations - this includes specific proposals and policies for the provision of land for mineral and waste.

Review of the Lincolnshire minerals and waste local plan

An in-depth review of the Lincolnshire minerals and waste local plan has been undertaken assessing whether the policies remain relevant and effective. The review concludes that while many of the policies are performing well, the whole plan would benefit from being updated.

Lincolnshire minerals and waste local plan update

On 19 February 2021 we resolved to update the Lincolnshire minerals and waste local plan. Progress on this work and details of how and when you can get involved are set out on the Updating the minerals and waste local plan page.

Lincolnshire minerals and waste development scheme

The Lincolnshire minerals and waste development scheme sets out the timetable for the preparation of the new plan.

Statement of community involvement

The statement of community involvement outlines how the council plans to involve and consult the public and stakeholders.

Monitoring reports

The monitoring reports are for assessing the performance of the Lincolnshire minerals and waste local plan.

Local aggregate assessment

To plan for a steady and adequate supply of aggregates, we produce local aggregate assessments.

Waste needs assessment

Waste needs assessments reports covering Lincolnshire's future waste management requirements to the end of 2045.

Updating the minerals and waste local plan

We are preparing a new minerals and waste local plan for Lincolnshire.  The new plan will replace both parts of the adopted plan which covers the period to the end of 2031. It is proposed that the updated plan will extend this period until the end of 2040.

The new plan will be prepared in stages in accordance with the Lincolnshire minerals and waste development scheme.

Issues and options

We are currently at an early stage of plan preparation. A consultation on the issues and options for updating the plan took place from 28 June 2022 to 12 August 2022.   

Along with the issues and options consultation, we carried out a “call for sites” exercise.  Landowners, the industry and other interested parties were invited to nominate potential sites for allocation in the updated plan for:

  • sand and gravel aggregate
  • limestone aggregate

We also invited comments on a proposed site selection methodology as part of that consultation.

The issues and options consultation and the accompanying call for sites was supported by a sustainability appraisal (SA) scoping report.  The SA sets out a framework for how social, environmental and economic considerations will be integrated into the preparation of the updated plan, including the site selection process. It includes a non-technical summary.

What happens next?

We will give careful consideration to all comments and site nominations received. They will be used to help formulate a preferred approach for updating the plan.

The timetable for updating the plan, as set out in the Lincolnshire minerals and waste local development scheme, has been delayed. This is due to the large number of comments and site nominations that have been received. As a result, we anticipate that public consultation on the draft plan (preferred approach) will not take place until 2024.