The search is on for potential sites for mineral excavation in West Sussex

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LAND rich with minerals is being sought by local authorities.

West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority have jointly issued a call for sites with potential to develop minerals including sand and gravel to support the needs of the economy across a range of industries.

Pieter Montyn, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, who has responsibility for planning for minerals extraction, said: ‘We are committed to listening to customers and ensuring that the needs of our communities are taken into consideration during the decision-making process.

‘For this part of the plan-making process we need landowners, mineral operators, and any other interested parties to put forward potential mineral development sites in order to inform and provide evidence for the preparation of the new Minerals Local Plan.

‘The allocation of sites is important as it provides communities and the minerals industry with certainty about where mineral development can take place.’

The new plan will guide when, where and how minerals production should take place across the county up to 2031.

The deadline to put forward sites by is April 11. Call 01243 642118, e-mail mwdf@westsussex.gov.uk, or go to westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf.