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Minerals and Waste – the Silent Planning Partner?

In the current climate change agenda the focus on conservation and reducing consumption is a key ambition to carbon reduction. Minerals and Waste as a specialised field can be viewed separately from planning although all development could restrict access to limited resources and produce waste which will need to be processed. Has planning got the right approach to this area or is more co-ordination required across the board in order to achieve the most sustainable outcome? This conference aims to provide an overview of Mineral and Waste Plans, the relationship of these to supply and demand issues and a review on challenges and considerations in mineral, waste and planning applications, long term restoration and ‘reuse’.


09.30   Registration and refreshments

10.00   Welcome & Introduction

Dawn de Vries, RTPI South West Chair 2020

10.10   Minerals and Waste Policy Update

Lonek Wojtulewicz from MHCLG

10.35   Current Issues in Waste and Planning – an Industry Perspective

A private sector perspective on the interactions between the waste industry and the planning system. A discussion around the challenges and constraints to the delivery of infrastructure and the identification of sites and how the Resources and Waste Strategy will influence the sector.
Kris Furness, Senior Planning Manager, Recycling and recovery UK, Suez

11.00   Current Issues in safeguarding mineral resources and infrastructure – Industry Perspective

  • An overview of some of the issues that are occupying the Mineral Products Association.
  • National policy and guidance for minerals, including recent changes
  • The Managed Aggregates Supply System - is really ‘managed’ any more?
  • General performance of minerals planning – is it providing adequately for the future?
  • Safeguarding mineral resources and infrastructure
  • Recent MPA guidance
  • Biodiversity & environmental net gain, and how the minerals sector needs to respond

David Payne, Senior Planning Advisor, Mineral Products Association

11.25  Q&A

11.40   Refreshment break

12.10   Waste production and management and how Somerset are approaching the increasing demands.
A local authority partnership perspective on how to stimulate recycling demand in line with climate change goals, the implications for managing waste, how to respond to the changing – and uncertain - national policy landscape, and how we are working with industry and waste planning colleagues to shape the market for commercial waste in Somerset.  Mickey will also discuss the importance of resource and infrastructure safeguarding in delivering sustainable development.

Mickey Green, Managing Director at Somerset Waste Partnership

12.35   Safeguarding Cornwall’s Mineral Resources
How Cornwall Council recognised its valuable mineral resources and developed meaningful Mineral Safeguarding Areas to ensure that the minerals needed for a low carbon future are safeguarded from other forms of development.

Ellie Inglis-Woolcock | Principal Development Officer (Local Plans), Cornwall Council

13.00  Q&A

13.10   Lunch

14.00  How can Minerals and Waste work towards the net zero emissions target / circular economy?

Dominic Hogg, Chair of Eunomia

Panel Discussion

14.15   Waste, reduce, re-use, recycle – the cost of our current lifestyle and Viridors plans to reduce their impact on the environment

Making the case for waste minimisation and resource efficiency – supporting the shift to a circular economy in establishing the link between promoting sustainable growth, new development and infrastructure, and the need to improve our resources efficiently and effectiveness in an increasingly circular economic system.  Also, how best to support and deliver the ambitions of resource-efficient local plan policies.

Marcus Du Pree Thomas Technology & Innovation Lead at Viridor at Energy RTPI event

14.30   The Circular Econony in Practice, the case of Wykes Farm, Somerset

Jason Fewell Engineering Director at Wykes Farm

14.45   Minerals – Assessment and Mitigation
They are looking at carbon emissions from minerals site and wide range of associated issues.

Wardell Armstrong

15.00   Imerys - Recycling, Restoration and Renewables
Gary Staddon, Real Estate and Business Development Manager at Imerys

15.15   Working with disused Minerals site to achieve sustainable economic development – Silverlake, Dorset
Silverlake is an innovative planning-led sustainable leisure development, transforming a former quarry into a mosaic of habitats, managed for wildlife and biodiversity, delivering local jobs and community benefits.

Richard Shaw, Director of Savills Planning

15.30   Questions to the panel

16.00   Summary

Dawn de Vries, RTPI South West Chair 2020

16.15   Refreshments

16.30   Seminar Closed


Feb 5
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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