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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Minerals Plan

This page contains information about mineral extraction in our county, and the proposed extraction of sand and gravel from Broom Court Farm, which the Parish Council strongly opposes.

The documents, notices or events below are set out in chronological order, newest first.

Warwickshire County Council Minerals Plan Update

Warwickshire County Council will be restarting work shortly on its new Minerals Plan (previously called the ‘Minerals Core Strategy’). The Council is required to produce a new plan to replace the 1995 Minerals Local Plan. The new plan will identify where new minerals sites should be located, and set out the policies to assess new minerals development proposals over the next 15 years.

The newsletter below sets out where we are now, what we will be working on over the coming months and how some of the key mineral planning issues are likely to be addressed:

Decision of the Marsh Farm, North of Broom Lane Application

The notice of the decision of the County Planning Authority made on 22 October 2010, giving permission with conditions, can be read below:

Marsh Farm Liaison Committee - Site Inspection Report

Marsh Farm Liaison Committee - Minutes of Meeting

Letter from Cemex to Mr Nadhim Zahawi MP

A response from Mr Gonzalo Galindo, the President of Cemex UK, to our MP, Mr Nadhim Zahawi, dated 26 May 2010.

Letter from Mr Nadhim Zahawi MP to Cemex

A letter from our MP to Mr Gonzalo Galindo, the President of Cemex UK expressing his concerns about the lack of reinstatement and restoration that has occurred at the Marsh Farm site.

Minerals Core Strategy - Revised Spatial Options Consultation Comments Registered

A message, dated 22 January 2010, from Adam James, Planning Officer (Planning Policy) at Warwickshire County Council:

We have received a huge number of responses (over 1100) which have taken several months to upload on to our database and this work has only recently been completed. We are now in the process of responding to each issue that has been raised. These responses will be available in due course on the consultation portal page, accessible at

All issues will need to be addressed prior to informing the next stage of the plan.

At the same time as we have been addressing the key issues, the Communities and Local Government Department have requested that the regions produce a new regional aggregates apportionment, which is required to be completed by 31st March 2010. This could have major implications for the Minerals Development Framework if Warwickshire is required to dramatically increase its apportionment for sand and gravel and crushed rock.

In addition, following a request for further information from the industry to support their site submissions, there appears to be a shortage of deliverable sand and gravel sites which may require a further request for sand and gravel sites. As we move forward, the Core Strategy needs to take these factors in to account.

The Government Office for the West Midlands has advised us that we should now proceed under the new planning regulations and not produce a Preferred Options document as planned. We will now need to produce a pre-publication draft for another round of consultation prior to submission of the final document. We will expect that this will take place in June 2010 as we would not wish to undertake any consultation near a possible election date. An exact date will be published on our website as soon as possible.

All consultees that have responded to the Revised Spatial Options consultation have been added to our consultee database and will be informed of any future developments on the Minerals Core Strategy.

If you have any further queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me on the number below or Tony Lyons (Principal Planner) on 01926 41 2391.

Adam James
Planning Officer (Planning Policy)
Environment and Resources
Environment and Economy
Warwickshire County Council
Tel: 01926 412538 Minicom: 01926 412277

Minerals Core Strategy - Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council's Response to the Revised Spatial Options Consultation

The response from the Parish Council to the Warwickshire County Council Planning Strategy Department can be read below.

Minerals Core Strategy - Revised Spatial Options, Consultation 19 Feb to 8 May 2009

A new Local Development Framework document which re-assesses the work on the Issues and Options and Preferred Options reports produced in 2006-2007 and takes the plan forward to the next stage.

Minerals Core Strategy - Summary Paper and Request for Potential Strategic Sites, July 2008

Warwickshire County Council is preparing a Minerals Core Strategy for the period until 2026. This will set out the spatial vision, strategy and objectives for minerals development in the county which will provide the development framework for identifying sites to be allocated for mineral working. We are now requesting that operators and landowners put sites forward for potential inclusion in the Minerals Development Framework.

Minerals and Waste Development Scheme
2007 to 2010

This 30 page document, produced in November 2007, explains that the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (MWDS) has been prepared to give the local community and all interested parties information on two important areas:

  • What are the current mineral and waste planning policies that are being applied to Warwickshire County, and
  • What is the programme for reviewing these policies to provide updated policies for the County

Also read a letter, below, re: Changes to the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme – Revised Timetable for the preparation of the Minerals Local Development Framework.

Notes of an Informal Meeting of the Marsh Farm Liaison Meeting

Wednesday 25 April 2007

Notes from the minutes of the meeting, as taken by the Clerk to Salford Priors Parish Council. The meeting had been requested by Bidford PC to give CEMEX a chance to give details of the restoration of the landfill area between Broom and Dunnington.

Minerals Development Framework Workshop

The Minerals Development Framework Workshop, which took place at the Parish Council Meeting room in Bramley Way on Saturday 3 March, was very successful.

Warwickshire County Council's presentation (read here) was seen by over 40 residents who attended the meeting and had the opportunity of putting their concerns to WCC officials.

Warwickshire Minerals Development Framework Core Strategy 'Preferred Options' Consultation

Read the letter below dated 22 January 2007, containing advanced notice of the library drop in sessions in your area where a Planning Officer will be available to answer any questions you have regarding this consultation or any other related matters.

Now WCC want to know what YOU think about plans for mineral extraction in the county.

See below for information on how to participate in the consultation exercise, what issue are being discussed, and how you can become involved.

Further information on the matter, including an online questionnaire that you can complete to provide your views, can be found at the Warwickshire County Council website.

Warwickshire Minerals Development: Public Consultation Workshop Summary

Manor Hall, Leamington Spa, 29 April 2006

Members of the parish council attended this public consultation workshop.

Broom Court Farm Information

Information relating to the proposed extraction of sand and gravel from Broom Court Farm can be read below:

All documents are pdf files.

For Your Information

Extraction of Sand & Gravel from Broom Court Farm, Bidford-on-Avon

The results of the Parish Poll of 19 May 2005 were as follows:

  • Votes AGAINST the sand and gravel extraction 98%
  • Votes FOR the sand and gravel extraction 2%
  • Turnout 43.64%

The Parish Council would like to thank all the residents for turning out in numbers to the Parish Poll.

Related Information:

All documents are pdf files.


The Parish Council is delighted to have been informed that the Planning Application to extract Sand and Gravel at Broom Court Farm has been withdrawn.

The letter from CEMEX to Warwickshire County Council, dated 22 November 2005, may be read below.