Mineral Extraction

Preferred Options Consultation.

The preferred option document has been split into several parts.

Download the The part referring to aggregate extraction in West Norfolk:-

Proposed aggregate mineral extraction sites in West Norfolk.

Download the part the part referring to Silica Sand extraction in West Norfolk - MIN40 -

Proposed silica sand extraction sites and areas in West Norfolk

(Note that this refers to the proposed extending of the Grandcourt Quarry towards the village)


You may comment on the proposals here https://norfolk.jdi-consult.net/localplan/index.php

You can also email your response to LDF@norfolk.gov.uk or write to Planning Services, CES, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2SG

Any comments that you send will be retained and published on Norfolk County Council's website.


Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review

Norfolk County Council is preparing a Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review,

  • to consolidate the three adopted DPDs into one Local Plan,

  • ensure that the policies within them remain up-to-date and

  • to extend the plan period to the end of 2036

See the document on the County Council website here

Note that all documents associated with this Consultation may be seen on the County Council website at


Look for the 'Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review' page.

        • Comments

              • Note that any comments you wish to make must be made by

              • 5pm on 30th. October 2019

              • See below for how to submit comments.

Any comments, using whatever method must be made by 5pm on 30 October 2019


June 2018

Norfolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review: Initial Public Consultation

Statement of Community Involvement Consultation

The Initial Consultation on the Minerals and Waste Local Plan Review (M&WLPR) and a consultation on a review of the Statement of Community Involvement will take place over a six week period from 29 June to 13 August 2018 (inclusive)


Comments are welcomed - see here for information about how to comment.

Included in the Review is the planned extension to Grandcourt Quarry.

The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how Norfolk County Council intends to involve the community in the preparation of minerals and waste planning policy documents and the consideration of planning applications determined by the County Council (consisting of minerals and waste and the County Council’s own developments).

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan will contain policies used to determine planning applications for minerals developments and waste management facilities in Norfolk. The current plan covers the period up 2026.

This review is being carried out to ensure that the policies remain up to date and to extend the Plan period to 2036.

See the 'Norfolk Minerals & Waste Local Plan Review: Initial Consultation' letter here



December 14 2017

West Bilney Wood (AoS D) has been deleted from the Development Plan.

- See the latest information here

Norfolk County Council: proposed silica sand investigation.



A hearing was held before a government inspector was held on 15th and 16th March 2017. The decision of the inspector is not yet known.

(December 2017: the Inspectors Report and the adoption of that report by the County Council is now complete - See the latest information)

The information about the planned extension to the Grandcourt quarry at East Winch, and the proposals to investigate silica sand deposits at West Bilney wood (AOS D) are now shown on separate pages.

See the individual references in the adjacent side bar - or chose...

Grandcourt Quarry or West Bilney Wood

January 2017

Sibelco, Kings Lynn Quarry Community Liaison Committee

Meeting held Thursday 15th December 2016.

(Notes that were taken at the meeting are shown below for information).

Norfolk County Council Silica Sand Review:

Areas of Search (AOS) included in the County Council consultation.

One preferred site had been put forward by Sibelco; all others put forward by NCC based on old geological maps.

Sibelco were asked about the

West Bilney Area of search. (AOS 'D')

    • Until response from inspector Sibelco have no interest.**

    • Sibelco have not drilled the area so have no knowledge as to the quality or quantities of any sand.

    • Sibelco have concerns as to the shape of the designated area of search.

    • Before considering the site Sibelco would want to know who owns the land. Currently they are not aware if the land is under single or multiple ownership; multi ownership can present a problem.

    • The size of the potential area is important as to develop the quarry requires a very large area.

    • Volume of overburden linked to depth of winnable deposit.

    • Dealing with water.

    • Archeological information would be taken into consideration.

    • Any sites of Sites of Scientific interest would be a concerning factor.

    • Transfer of sand to the operational site would be an early consideration.

** Norfolk County Council has now forwarded all documents with the proposals for the next few years to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State) for consideration.

Grandcourt Quarry- Proposed extension.

    • Sibelco plan to make the application in Jan 2017, this will be accompanied by a leaflet drop to houses in the village.

    • If consented quarrying will take 4 years to complete with restoration of the area being completed in 6 years.


All the documents connected with this review are available on the County Council's website here , at Public Libraries. and at the Borough Council -

King’s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1EX and at

See the 'sites' involved in the Review (pdf.) here - go to pages 203 - 206 to see the Grandcourt Quarry pages.

(Map alongside shows MIN40 - the Grandcourt Quarry site. - click image to enlarge it)

December 2017: the Inspectors Report and the adoption of that report by the County Council is now complete.

See the latest information