East Sussex minerals and waste proposals are not fit-for-purpose

4th January 2022

CPRE Sussex has criticised the draft policies in the East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton and Hove Waste and Minerals Local Plan Revised Policies Consultation.

CPRE Sussex argues that the revised draft minerals and waste policies do not provide the required legal protection for the South Downs National Park and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

East Sussex County Council’s approach to climate change needs up-dating to reflect its obligations to contribute to the achievement of national and local net zero emissions targets.

The approach is not consistent with national climate change policy. It also fails to meet the local authorities’ legal obligations as planning authorities. It does not contain policies or targets for meaningful climate action that accord with the requirement for sustainable development; it is not justified by the available evidence that underlies the switch in national climate change policy; and it is not effective to ensure that zero emissions targets will be achieved.

CPRE Sussex is calling on East Sussex County Council to bring forward an updated climate change policy as an essential part of revising the minerals and waste local plan.

Read press release: www.cpresussex.org.uk/resources/act-now-on-climate-change-says-cpre-sussex/

Detailed comments by CPRE Sussex on the East Sussex Waste and Minerals Local Plan revised policies are set out in the letter at: CPRE Sussex response ESCC Joint Waste Minerals 2021.2022

CPRE Sussex’s comments are made in response to the consultation on East Sussex County Council’s revisions to their Minerals and Waste Plan, which the Council has written jointly with Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority: https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/waste-and-minerals-revised-policies-proposed-submi/consult_view/