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We want to hear your views on the minerals local plan


The draft minerals local plan will be going to public consultation on September 29th and we want to hear your views.

As the minerals planning authority, the council is responsible for preparing the minerals local plan which, once adopted, will provide a framework for planning and other minerals-related decisions.

Included in the draft plan is the policy on mineral extraction which includes limestone, sand, gravel, clay, coal, oil and gas.

Possible sites where mineral extraction could be allowed to happen in the future are included within the minerals local plan. However, this does not automatically mean these sites will be used.

The plan also includes a draft policy on applications for fracking. Currently the council has not received any applications, but the government has granted licenses for fracking in Gloucestershire so future applications are a possibility.

Following the consultation and any subsequent amendments, the plan will be submitted to the secretary of state in late 2017 and will then undergo an independent examination.

The consultation is launching on 29th September and will run until 24th November. To comment on the plan, people can go to this webpage www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/draftMLP, drop into any library or visit a Gloucestershire district, city or borough council office.

Cllr Nigel Moor, lead cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We want to hear your thoughts on this document before it is submitted to the secretary of state.

"It's important to us that we get as many views as possible so I'd encourage people to have their say."

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