Minerals demand prompts county planning expansion

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 25 Apr 2016

Oxfordshire Health AuthorityGrowing demand for minerals is prompting Oxfordshire County Council to look to grow its policy team from two to three chartered planners.

Minerals and waste team leader Peter Day told Planning: “We have huge growth planned in Oxfordshire in terms of housing, infrastructure and economic development.

“We can see an increase in demand for aggregate minerals such as sand and gravel. Oxfordshire has to play its part in providing those minerals; we can't rely on them coming from elsewhere.

“Minerals is high up the political agenda for people in mineral bearing parts of the county and we are at a crucial stage in preparing our minerals and waste local plan. We need to build up the strength of our team.”

The council is seeking to recruit a principal planning policy officer to tackle minerals and waste policy projects including monitoring of policies, research and analysis.

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