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We have prepared a minerals and waste plan in partnership with Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council and the New Forest and South Downs National Park Authorities.

The Hampshire minerals and waste plan covers the period up to 2030. It aims to deliver sustainable minerals and waste development in Hampshire ensuring the right development, in the right place, at the right time.

The aim is to supply sufficient minerals to support the economy and to deal with waste effectively, while protecting Hampshire's environment and communities from the impacts of such development.

Large parts of the plan set out proposals which affect only the more rural parts of Hampshire, for example where minerals can be extracted from the ground, but other policies will be used to judge any proposals for minerals and waste developments in the city, or to safeguard land that could be used for such uses.

An independent inspector, appointed to examine the plan in 2012, reported in the summer of 2013 that the plan was 'sound', subject to some modifications.

Portsmouth City Council adopted the Hampshire minerals and waste plan as council policy on 15 October 2013.

All the other partner authorities have done the same.

The plan was subject to a six week legal challenge period, which ended on 25 November 2013.

An adoption along with further information about the plan itself is available on the County Council's website.

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