Planning and building

Minerals and Waste Joint Plan

City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and the North York Moors National Park Authority have been working together to produce a Minerals and Waste Joint Plan covering all 3 planning authority areas.

When finalised, the new Joint Plan will help the 3 Authorities take decisions on planning applications for minerals and waste development over the period up to 31 December 2030.

Minerals and Waste Joint Plan – Adoption

Following the receipt of the Inspectors Report and Appendix of Main Modifications on 4 February 2022, by City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority, each of the three Authorities are progressing the Plan to adoption. North Yorkshire County Council adopted the Plan on 16 February and North York Moors National Park Authority adopted the plan on 21 March.

The City of York Council agreed to adopt the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan at its Full Council meeting on 27 April 2022, following the Local Plan Working Group on 7 March 2022 and Executive on 17 March 2022.

An Adoption Statement has been issued under Regulations 26 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) and Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended).

The Adopted Minerals and Waste Joint Plan and accompanying documents can be viewed below:

Alternatively, paper copies can be viewed at the following locations:

City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

By appointment only – please contact the Strategic Planning Policy Team on telephone: 01904 552255 or email: localplan@york.gov.uk to make arrangements to view documents.


York Explore Library, Library Square, York, YO1 7DS

Opening times:

  • Monday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Tuesday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Wednesday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Friday: 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Sunday: 11.00am to 4.00pm

Acomb Explore Library, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BZ

Opening times:

  • Monday: 9.00am to 7.30pm
  • Tuesday: 9.00am to 7.30pm
  • Wednesday: 9.00am to 2.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.00am to 7.30pm
  • Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.00am to 3.00pm
  • Sunday: closed

Clifton Explore Library, Rawcliffe Lane, Clifton, York, YO30 5SJ

Opening times:

  • Monday: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Tuesday: 10.00am to 5.30pm
  • Wednesday: 10.00am to 5.30pm
  • Thursday: 2.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Friday: 10.00am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday: 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Sunday: closed

Tang Hall Explore Library, The Centre @ Burnholme, Mossdale Avenue, York, YO31 0HA

Opening times:

  • Monday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Tuesday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Wednesday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Friday: 9.00am to 6.00pm
  • Saturday: 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Sunday: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Due to lack of space for providing documents at all other libraries, posters will be displayed explaining how and where the documentation can be viewed.

For further information (including the full Examination Library), please see the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan examination webpage.

Minerals and Waste Joint Plan – Inspectors Report

The City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and North York Moors National Park Authority received the Inspectors Report and Appendix of approved Main Modifications on 4 February 2022. The Inspectors Report found the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan and supporting documents ‘sound’, subject to the Main Modifications. Each of the three Authorities can now progress and adopt the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan.

The City of York Council will be taking the Inspectors Report to Full Council in due course, with a proposed recommendation for ‘adopting’ the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan.

If adopted, the council will publish the Plan and its Adoption Statement and there will be a 6 week period for any High Court Challenges to be submitted – further updates will be provided on the website, once the plan has been adopted by the council.

North Yorkshire County Council adopted the Plan on 16 February and the North York Moors National Park Authority will also be taking it to their members in due course.

For further information and to view all documentation, please see the North Yorkshire County Council's Minerals & Waste Joint Plan webpage.

Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Main Modification Consultation (now closed)

The Minerals and Waste Joint Plan has reached the Main Modification Stage in the examination process. The Main Modification Consultation took place for 8 weeks between Wednesday 21 July and 5.00pm on Wednesday 15 September 2021.

To keep up to date with progress please see the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Examination (NYCC).

How to get involved in the Consultation

Key documents and the response form are available for inspection online Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Examination.

Documents which are available to view are:

  • Schedule of Main Modifications July 2021
  • Schedule of Additional Changes July 2021
  • Sustainability Appraisal Post Adoption Statement November 2020
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment Addendum November 2019
  • Appropriate Assessment of additional Joint Plan Sites added following MWJP Hearings November 2020
  • SFRA Volume I, Data Review Document June 2018
  • SFRA Volume II, Sequential Test Results June 2018
  • Policies Map November 2020

A poster explaining about the consultation and where the consultation documents can be viewed online have also been placed in all of the York Libraries. If a local library has computers, the public may also be able to access the consultation online via booking a computer.

Paper copies of the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Main Modifications documents have been made available at all of the principal council offices including at City of York Council’s West Offices by pre-booked appointment only, Wednesday 21 July to Wednesday 15 September 2021, 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Should someone wish to arrange an appointment, they will need to contact the City of York Forward Planning team directly via email: neighbourhoodplanning@york.gov.uk or by phone on 01904 552255. Access to the documents will be in line the protocols in place for COVID-19, such as quarantine of documents after use.

Paper copies of the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Main Modifications documents can also be viewed at North Yorkshire County Council and North York Moors National Park Authority principal offices by pre-booked appointment only during the Main Modification Consultation period at:

  • North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AH
  • North York Moors National Park Authority, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5BP
    • appointments can be made by telephoning: 01439 772700

The pre-booked appointments are available Monday to Friday during normal office opening hours. Access to the documents will be in line the protocols in place for COVID-19, such as quarantine of documents after use.

Commenting on the Consultation

You can make a representation on the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan by sending comments by email to: mwjointplan@northyorks.gov.uk or by post to:

Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Team
Planning Services
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
Northallerton
DL7 8AH

A response form is available online: Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Examination.

Submission of Minerals and Waste Joint Plan

Notice is hereby given, in accordance with regulation 22(3) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, that North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and North York Moors National Park Authority have submitted their Minerals and Waste Joint Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 28 November 2017.

The Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Examination is available for inspection on the North Yorkshire County Council website or in hard copy:

  • at the main offices of North Yorkshire County Council,
  • City of York Council
  • North York Moors National Park,
  • District and Borough Council Offices; and
  • all libraries in the Plan area

Full details and times of when you can view these documents are included in the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Examination.

The Minerals and Waste Joint Plan will now be subject to an independent examination by a Planning Inspector who will assess the soundness of the Plan.

Part of this process will involve hearing sessions where residents invited to attend will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the Planning Inspector. The Programme Officer, who supports the Inspector with the examination, will deal with all details relating to the examination process.

We will make further information available here as the examination progresses.

What is included in the Plan

The Minerals and Waste Joint Plan includes:

  • the approach the three authorities would like to take in making decisions on future minerals and waste-related development
  • guidelines for where, when and how much minerals and waste-related development should take place in the plan area
  • policies for each mineral type and the different types of waste produced in the area
  • specific policies relating to development management issues, such as transport, protection of the environment and communities
  • a number of sites which are considered suitable in principle, subject to necessary planning permission, for future minerals and waste development

Previous stages of consultation

The first consultation stage took place in May and June 2013. We presented initial information about the Plan and sought views on what the Plan should contain.

The 'Issues and Options' consultation took place in Spring 2014; we received comments on policies and potential allocations as well as further sites and information being submitted.

We ran a supplementary sites consultation during March 2015 which gave residents the opportunity to comment on new sites and information submitted during the previous stage.

We sought views on our 'Preferred Approach' via our Preferred Options Consultation between November 2015 and January 2016. The outcomes of this consultation have fed into our draft Joint Plan Publication.

We ran our Publication Consultation between 9 November and 21 December 2016; the responses we received at this stage have fed into our 'Proposed Changes' consultation document.

We also consulted on our 'Addendum of Proposed Changes' to the Publication draft Minerals and Waste Joint Plan between 12 July and 6 September 2017.

All documents we have produced in relation to the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan are available to view on the North Yorkshire minerals and waste plan page.

Our statutory responsibility for minerals and waste policy

We have a statutory responsibility to plan for future minerals and waste policy as set out in the Localism Bill. We are helping to meet our Duty to Co-Operate by preparing this plan in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority.

When adopted, our Minerals and Waste Joint Plan will set out new planning policies for minerals (including oil and gas) and waste developments across all three areas and will help guide our planning application decisions up to 2030.

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