Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document

Cornwall Council is preparing a Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document (DPD) to identify areas of mineral resource and infrastructure which will be safeguarded for future use.

The Minerals Safeguarding DPD has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.  Further details are available on the Examination Submission Page and The Examination page maintained by the Programme Officer

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The Mineral Safeguarding DPD proposes to safeguard mineral resources and infrastructure within Mineral Safeguarding Areas identified on the submission policy map.

View the Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document submission consultation documents.

full verison of the Minerals Safeguarding DPD including all appendices is available to download. This is a large document (20 mb) and may take time to open depending on your connection speed. 

An interactive map of the proposed Mineral Safeguarding Areas is available.

The above Submission document is supported by a range of evidence reports such as a Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment. View the supporting evidence


Cornwall has a wealth of mineral resources which have been exploited over the centuries. Its complex and diverse geology makes it distinctive. Current mineral extraction is focused on: china clay, aggregates (both primary and secondary), building stone and metals. Some of these minerals are of local importance for construction purposes, others, such as china clay, are of national importance.

There is a need to provide specific detailed information and policy on mineral safeguarding. The purpose of the Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document is to expand on the strategic policies and safeguard mineral resources for future use. Key aspects that the DPD will cover includes: safeguarding china clay, aggregates, building stone and metals; and mineral infrastructure.