[3.27.01] We will safeguard minerals of economic importance from being sterilised by non-mineral development. Minerals Safeguarding Areas are a way of protecting proven deposits of minerals which are, or may become, of economic value.
Planning permission will be granted for non-mineral development within
Minerals Safeguarding Areas where:
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[3.27.02] The Lake District has a complex and varied geology and is rich in mineral resources. The Lake District landscape was formed through 500 million years of geological processes, when the climatic conditions periodically underwent great changes. Slate, crystalline rocks, limestone, coal and red sandstone constituted the basic layers, with the formation of a central dome through volcanic intrusion about 280 million years ago.
[3.27.03] Minerals can only be worked where they occur, there is significant pressure on land for a variety of development uses, so it is crucial our approach ensures future access to minerals is not restricted by non-mineral development.
[3.27.04] Minerals Safeguarding Areas identify where known locations of mineral resources exist. Using Mineral Resource Linework digital data provided by the British Geological Survey, we have defined the physical extent of the Minerals Safeguarding Areas (see Figure 15). The following specific minerals resources are considered to be of local and national economic importance and have informed the Minerals Safeguarding Areas
[3.27.05] There is no presumption that applications to extract the mineral resources defined in Minerals Safeguarding Areas will be granted permission. Neither does a Minerals Safeguarding Area automatically preclude other forms of development. What it does, is draw attention to the presence of important mineral resources and make sure that they are adequately and effectively considered in land-use planning decisions
[3.27.06] We will apply the above policy in all land use and spatial planning decisions where an application for non-mineral development is proposed within defined Minerals Safeguarding Areas.
[3.27.07] Policy 02: Spatial Strategy aims to enable development to support and maintain the vibrancy and sustainability of settlements and reinforce the distinct character which is recognised as one of the ‘Special Qualities’ of the Lake District. For this reason, where a development proposal is in line with Policy 02 – and where the proposed development is within or well related to the form of the settlement – Minerals Safeguarding Areas do not apply. This will ensure there is no conflict with the aspirations of our spatial strategy.
[3.27.08] In order to demonstrate that development will not affect the overall value of
the mineral resource, we will consider amongst other things: