County’s minerals plan is shortlisted for award
A local minerals plan produced by Gloucestershire County Council that aims to support much needed resources whilst responding to the climate change emergency has been shortlisted for an award.
The Minerals Local Plan for the county has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2020.
The awards champion the very best examples of planning and planners in the South West to show the positive impact planning has on our quality of life.
The judging panel said the Gloucestershire Minerals Plan was being shortlisted in the category of ‘Excellence in Plan Making Practice’.
The Minerals Local Plan aims to secure a sustainable future for managing the county’s mineral resources from 2018 to 2032.
Local minerals include clay, coal, limestone, sand, gravel and sandstone. Key resource areas include the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, Severn Vale and the Upper Thames Valley.
They provide the construction materials needed to build and maintain homes, workplaces and to improve the county’s infrastructure. However they are a diminishing resource so have to be managed carefully to ensure they are available for future generations.
The plan, which has also recently achieved ‘Building with Nature’ accreditation, will safeguard the provision of the county’s minerals while protecting local communities and supporting green infrastructure. It is also committed to making sure this is carried out alongside the planned wider response to the climate change emergency.
After further scrutiny by the judging panel in the autumn, winners and commendations will be announced in a virtual award ceremony in the week beginning 16 November.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Using the county’s valuable minerals in a sustainable way is vital to ensure future growth and prosperity for Gloucestershire. The local plan will help us to fulfil our aims while supporting our efforts to move towards a carbon neutral county.
“It’s a great achievement to be shortlisted for this award and I would like to congratulate the team behind the local plan. It’s deserved recognition of their hard work.”