Introduction

March 2017
We published a new Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (MWDS) which sets out the plan documents we expect to prepare over the next few years.

We are the minerals and waste planning authority for the county, with the exception of Exmoor National Park.

Exmoor National Park is a separate authority, and details about their planning work can be found on the Exmoor National Park website.

Waste and recycling services for all local authorities in Somerset are managed by Somerset Waste Partnership. Information on these services and more is available on Somerset Waste Partnership’s website.

There are two basic duties that we must carry out as the minerals and waste planning authority. These are planning control and preparing the Minerals and Waste Development Framework, which is a set of policy documents which will form the blueprint for future mineral extraction and waste management in Somerset over the next 10 to 15 years.

These policy documents will also cover

  • Policies for protection of residential amenity land
  • Features of wildlife, landscape and heritage importance

Once adopted, these policies will then form the main guidance for assessing mineral and waste planning applications.