Brooksby and Wymeswold sites proposed to be extended as part of Leicestershire Minerals and Waste Local Plan

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Proposals to guide mineral extraction and waste developments in Leicestershire over the next 15 years are to be considered by councillors.

Leicestershire County Council’s ruling Cabinet is set to agree to consult the public on a minerals and waste local plan, covering the period up to 2031.

Over the next 15 years it’s predicted there are sufficient reserves to meet demand for 231 million tonnes of crushed rock.

The plan reveals that priority will be given to the extension of existing sand and gravel operations, such as Brooksby Quarry, for future extraction and, for other minerals, proposals include an extension to the Marblaegis gypsum mine, near Wymeswold.

It’s predicted that, by 2031, the county will be producing 3.5 million tonnes of waste per year. This will require up to three facilities for recycling commercial and industrial waste, up to three waste recovery facilities, one facility for landfilling construction and demolition waste and one small hazardous waste treatment facility. No site specific proposals are included.

If the Cabinet gives the go-ahead, consultation will take place this summer. The plan will then be submitted to the Environment Secretary, for independent examination in public by a planning inspector.

The Cabinet will consider the minerals and waste local plan when it meets at 2pm on Monday, May 9.