Policy 29: Mineral extraction

What are we trying to achieve?

To ensure there is an adequate supply of local building materials to help maintain the distinctive buildings and settlement character of the Lake District. To enable our natural geological resources to be conserved, utilised, maintained and managed effectively.

What is the issue?

Whilst quarrying is a recognised part of the cultural landscape and industrial background of the Lake District, and provides high skilled job opportunities, there is no escaping that quarrying also has its impacts. How do we balance the need to ensure a steady supply of local materials to maintain the distinctive buildings and settlement character of the Lake District, provide a practical framework that provides confidence to the mineral operators to invest in the industry, and extraction volumes are limited to what is needed for carrying out conservation works within the Lake District.

Our suggested approach

We will continue to only support the extraction of building stone and slate and high value industrial minerals at existing sites or through the reopening of old sites.

We will not allow the physical extension of crushed rock quarries.

We will not support development of onshore hydraulic fracturing.

Policy 29: Mineral extraction

We want to ensure that there is an adequate supply of local building material to help maintain the distinctive buildings and settlement character of the Lake District, and to enable natural resources and cultural heritage assets to be conserved, utilised, maintained and managed.

We will achieve this by supporting:

  1. Applications for minor mineral extraction where it:
    • is for the extension of an existing site or the reopening of an old site; and
    • meets a local need for building stone and slate; or
    • meets a need to conserve nationally significant buildings; or
    • meets a need for high value industrial mineral, and
    • makes careful use of mineral resources including the effective use of secondary aggregates, and
  2. proposals which demonstrate the sensitive environmental restoration and after care of mineral sites, including enhancement for biodiversity, geodiversity and landscape character and quality, and
  3. developments which demonstrate support of the local economy and employment opportunities, and
  4. developments which would not result in increases in vehicular traffic that would impact on highway safety or disturbance detrimental to the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

We will not support new mineral sites for quarrying and mining.

We will not support development of onshore hydraulic fracturing.

Applications for major mineral extraction will be considered under Policy 28: Major developments.

Have your say!

It’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved during the consultation phase to tell us if you think what we are suggesting is right. Your answers to the questions in this survey will help us consider everyone's views and to re-draft the plan where necessary. Consultation closes on Friday 29 June.

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