Now is the chance for residents and businesses to have their say on the updated Kent Minerals & Waste Local Plan.
Kent County Council (KCC) is the planning authority for waste management and mineral development, which includes quarrying for sand, brickearth and ragstone.
This is important for sustainable growth and the plan sets out how the council will deal with planning applications when new development is proposed.
Our Kent Minerals & Waste Local Plan must be reviewed every five years and as part of the latest review of the current plan, KCC is proposing updates in response to relevant government policy and legislation since 2016.
This includes changes to mitigate and adapt to climate change, move towards a circular waste economy, and provide for net biodiversity gains in new developments.
Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Susan Carey, said: “Kent’s minerals are needed not just for today but for future generations as well. The Kent Minerals & Waste Local Plan sets out how we will meet this responsibility.
“We also need to provide for managing our waste here in Kent and create a circular economy to make the most of our resources.
“This review will bring us in line with changes in legislation particularly around the environment. Importantly, it’s also a chance for Kent’s residents and businesses to have their say.”
The consultation, available at www.kent.gov.uk/mineralsandwaste will run for eight weeks from yesterday [16th December] to midnight on 9th February 2022.
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