Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Safeguarding Mineral Resources

National Policy Considerations

2       National Policy Considerations

2.1    Government policy in the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) sets out that mineral resources should be considered equally alongside all other natural assets when determining planning applications for new development.  It requires, therefore, that all mineral planning authorities define Mineral Safeguarding Areas (MSAs) so that known locations of specific mineral resources of local and national importance are not needlessly and unnecessarily sterilised by non-mineral development.

2.2    National Planning Practice Guidance (2014) states that minerals are a non-renewable resource, and that minerals safeguarding ensures that non-minerals development does not needlessly prevent the future extraction of mineral resources, which are of local and national importance.  It states that minerals should be safeguarded in designated and urban areas where considered necessary, and that policies may be included that encourage the prior extraction of minerals if it is necessary for non-mineral development to take place in Mineral Safeguarding Areas. It explains also that Mineral Planning Authorities (MPAs) should determine the extent of MSAs using the best available information on the location of all mineral resources in the authority area.  This, it states, may include the use of British Geological Survey maps, as well as industry sources.

2.3    The British Geological Survey (BGS) published the document “Minerals Safeguarding in England: Good Practice Advice” in September 2011[1].  This complements the NPPF by supporting and facilitating MPAs in their implementation of national policy with respect to the safeguarding and the prior extraction of minerals.  It provides the most up to date, independent advice on an approach to defining MSAs. 


[1] Minerals Safeguarding in England: Good Practice Advice, September 2011.