Minerals Safeguarding Areas draw attention to the presence of important mineral resources and make sure that they are adequately considered in land-use planning decisions.
Minerals Safeguarding Areas are a way of protecting proven deposits of minerals which are, or may become, of economic value. They help to restrict non-mineral related development which would compromise the extraction of the mineral deposit in the future. The National Planning Policy Framework requires local Mineral Planning Authorities to define Minerals Safeguarding Areas and adopt appropriate policies.
We do not intend to alter the purpose of the current approach as this was adopted by the Authority in November 2013 following an independent examination.
The only amendment we suggest is a point of clarity which involves changing the reference to ‘Core Strategy Policy CS02’ to ‘Policy 03’.
Planning permission will be granted for non-mineral development within Minerals Safeguarding Areas where:
Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation