Minerals and Waste Planning Policy

Planning policy for minerals and waste uses is usually contained in a separate set of policy documents to other uses. It used to be undertaken by Berkshire County Council until its abolition in 1998. After this, it was undertaken by the six Berkshire unitary authorities, including Reading Borough Council, jointly through the Joint Strategic Planning Unit (JSPU). The JSPU ceased to exist in 2011, and the six authorities are now responsible for minerals and waste planning policy in their own areas.

At the moment, the main minerals and waste planning documents that are in place are the saved policies from the Replacement Minerals Local Plan and from the Waste Local Plan. These policies form part of the 'development plan', which means that they are one of the main considerations in deciding planning applications.