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Mineral planning authority safeguarding standing advice

Development proposals within mineral safeguarding areas

Standing advice to assist district/borough councils in Staffordshire with the processing of planning applications in respect of our mineral safeguarding policy.

(Last updated October 2018)

  1. Policy 3 of the Minerals Local Plan for Staffordshire (MLP) (Safeguarding Minerals of Local and National Importance and Important Infrastructure) defines criteria for the assessment of planning applications for non-mineral related development within ‘mineral safeguarding areas’ (MSA) and zones for ‘safeguarded mineral infrastructure sites’.

  2. Implementation of Policy 3 requires consultation by the District Planning Authorities with the Mineral Planning Authority except where proposals fall within the criteria listed under table 7 of Appendix 6 to the MLP, and in May 2017, we issued interim guidance to highlight these exemptions. In addition, a checklist has been prepared to assist on when to consult the Mineral Planning Authority.

  3. Based on our experience of considering consultations so far, the following types of non-mineral development are considered to not significantly sterilise important mineral resources and therefore, will not justify an objection based on mineral safeguarding grounds:
    • Applications for non-major residential development outside a defined settlement boundary and where the proximity of existing residential property or other sensitive property would mean that it is not practicable or environmentally acceptable to extract any underlying mineral (note that we would need to consider the application if the proposed residential property is located within a ‘safeguarded mineral infrastructure site zone’);

    • Applications for the erection of non-residential buildings/ structures on agricultural land which by virtue of their scale and the nature of their construction, the proposal could simply be removed should there be a subsequent proposal to extract any underlying mineral e.g. stables/ barns and polytunnels;

    • Applications situated on historic mineral/ landfill sites (except for relic building stone quarries (ref. paragraph 205 of the revised National Planning Policy Framework)).

The mineral planning authority will rely on this standing advice in relation to these types of development proposals and no specific comments will be provided in relation to such applications.

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