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Notice of Motion: Silica Sand Extraction Site Buffer

Meeting: 08/06/2023 - Environment and Communities Committee (Item 79)

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To consider the Notice of Motion which is seeking the inclusion of a buffer zone of at least 1000 metres between new or proposed silica sand quarries and residential areas.


The committee received the report in response to a Notice of Motion put to full Council in February 2023.


A query was raised as to the Private Members’ Bill which was put forward in the UK Parliament in December 2021 in relation to this matter. This bill had not progressed and therefore currently had no legal status. The Council was following national guidance; however, if national policy should change, the Council would ensure compliance. It was noted that, when planning applications were submitted, there were requirements for compliance with other regulations such as health and safety.


RESOLVED (by majority):


That the Environment and Communities Committee:


1.    Note the national guidance and proposed local planning policy position in relation to air quality including crystalline silica dust.


2.    Reconfirm the Council’s proposed approach as set out in the draft Minerals and Waste Plan and that the matter be considered in the normal way through the statutory local plan preparation process.