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Changes to Mineral Local Plan Proposed

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The long process of preparing a Joint Mineral Local Plan continues.  The latest development is a set of proposed modificatuons that are detailed in the attached documents.

There is a deadline of 9th March for submitting representations concerning these proposed modifications.

20180115 JMLP Mods Page 1


20180115 JMLP Mods Page 2

Click here for: The Letter  and the Full Proposals


Minerals Local Plan under Scrutiny

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West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are working in partnership to prepare a new Joint Minerals Local Plan for West Sussex.  This will replace the existing Minerals Local Plan (2003). We have now submitted the Joint Minerals Local Plan to Government to be tested for soundness and legal compliance. Please find attached a letter providing you with further details of this, as well as a Statement of Submission, setting out where and how documents can be viewed.


Download this file (20170615 JMLP Stakeholder letter - Submission June 2017.pdf)Letter to Stakeholders[A letter explaining the latest position of the draft Minerals Local Plan.]101 kB
Download this file (20170615 Statement of Submission.pdf)Statement of Submission[Official notice and detrails of public access to the documents]60 kB

Council says "Keep Well this Winter"

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West Sussex Council Council writes

Dear Editor,

With the weather turning colder and winter approaching fast, the county council is highlighting some of the ways we can all help to stay well this winter. 

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination it is important that you take up this offer.  You are offered the vaccine for free if you are one of the groups of people who are most ‘at risk’ of catching the illness.  This is one of the most important things you can do to stay well and it may also help relieve pressure on the NHS this winter.  To find out if you’re in an ‘at risk’ group speak to your local participating pharmacy or GP.

I also want to remind your readers about the fantastic meals on wheels service available in West Sussex.

Eating at least one hot nutritious meal a day is very important for our health and wellbeing, particularly in colder weather.  Some people, due to illness, frailty or a disability, may find it difficult or impossible to shop, cook or heat a frozen meal. The home-delivered hot meals service may be the answer.  The national award winning meals on wheels service in West Sussex is run on behalf of the County Council by apetito. Meals are delivered at lunchtimes between 11-2, up to seven days a week – including Christmas Day.  To find out more about meals on wheels or to sign up for the service call 01903 718893 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours sincerely,

Ashvin Patel,
West Sussex County Council Senior Adviser for Adults and Health

Draft Mineral Local Plan Consultation Under Way

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To quote the attached joint letter from the South Downs National Park Authority and West Sussex County Council,

"The draft plan has been published prior to its submission to the Secretary of State to allow representations to be made on its ‘soundness’ and ‘legal compliance’.  
Representations can be made up until 5pm on Monday 13 March 2017.
Following this period, the Plan and supporting evidence base, and the representations received will be considered by a Government-appointed Planning Inspector, at an examination-in-public to be held in summer 2017.  Once adopted, the Joint Minerals Local Plan will provide the basis for making consistent land-use planning decisions about planning applications for minerals development."


Statement of Representation Procedures

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