Mineral Safeguarding consultation gets underway

Minerals Plan

Posted on: 4 September 2017

A consultation has been launched today (Monday 4 September) on guidance to protect mineral resources in the county.

Devon County Council adopted its new Minerals Plan earlier this year, setting out the policy framework for mineral development in the county over the next 16 years.

The Minerals Plan features the introduction of “Mineral Safeguarding Areas” which aim to secure valuable mineral resources from sterilisation by new development, to ensure that they remain available for use by future generations.

As the Mineral Safeguarding Areas are a new concept and rely on the co-operation of developers and the decisions of Devon’s district councils as planning authorities, Devon County Council is preparing new guidance to help in decision-making. This guidance, in the form of a Supplementary Planning Document, explains how Mineral Safeguarding Areas are defined and how decisions on development affecting them should be made.

A draft version of the mineral safeguarding guidance is now undergoing consultation, which continues until Monday 16 October. Devon County Council is seeking views from anyone involved in submitting, responding to or determining planning applications in Devon, or those with an interest in the county’s mineral resources.

Councillor Jerry Brook

Councillor Jerry Brook, Chairman of Devon County Council’s Development Management Committee, said: “The protection of mineral resources is an important issue that affects many developers and communities in Devon, and we are keen to hear from people to ensure that the new document meets their need and provides clear guidance.”

The draft guidance on the Mineral Safeguarding Areas can be found online at https://www.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/

For further information contact Devon County Council on 01392 383510 or mineralsplanning@devon.gov.uk.

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